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Revised prediction for solarcycle 25

Wednesday 4th August 2021

A revised prediction from the NASA High Altitude Observatory based at the University Of Colorado.

NASA Heliophysicists have released a revised prediction for Solar Cycle 25.
The report generated by Ricky Egeland a Solar Physicist working in the NASA Space Radiation Analysis Group now calls for the peak of Solar Cycle 25 to top out at a value of 195 ± 17 based upon the new scale for calculating Smoothed Sun Spot Number. For reference Solar Cycle 21 peaked at an SSN 233 (new scale) while Solarcycle 23 peaked at an SSN of 180 (new scale). If this predictions holds up Ham Radio will see Excellent Worldwide F Layer Conditions on 10 Meters for several years around Solar Max. 6 Meters conditions should be good in the Equinox Periods before and after Solar Max with consistent openings on Medium Haul Polar Routes. 6 Meter routes traversing the equator should experience consistent openings ± 9 months from Solar Max.

Ricky Egeland is a particpating member in the group headed up by Scott McIntosh and Bob Leamon that published a paper 9 months ago outlining the existance magnetic bands within the Sun that govern the Sunspot and Hale Cycles. At the time of its publishing the paper went on to predict the peak of Solar Cycle 25 could be as high Solarcycle 21. Today's released is a revised prediction based upon data observed since the original paper was published. To be sure we are still in early days.

The Solar Rotation Cycle as marked by Sunspot Activity was established on April 19, 2021 so we are only 90 Days into actually observing Cycle 25 Activity. It is now agreed the dramactic run-up in Sunspot Activity we experienced late Last Fall while tied to Cycle 25 was an outlier. When asked directly about whether they can declare if the Terminator Event they wrote about in the Fall 2020 Paper has occurred Scott McIntosh stated "We can't be sure just yet but we are very very close". It also should be noted that while it has been over a year since the sun produced a Cycle 24 Region with a Sunspot worthy of a NASA Classification the Sun has been steadily producing Spotless SC 24 Active Regions the last of which formed right on the Solar Equator at N00-W54 on July 24,2021 as recorded by Jan Alvestad's Solar Terrestial Activity Report Website. These Active Regions being part of a Solarcycle in its final stages of existence produce no spots and only last for a few hours before they dissipate away. The previous SC24 Active Region formed on June 28, 2021. Once the SC24 active regions cease forming Solar Cycle 25 will take off in earnest.

Bob Marston AA6XE

Bob Marston AA6XE email -
Ricky Egeland email -
Scott McIntosh email -
Bob Leamon via Twitter -

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SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station

Wednesday 4th August 2021

Friday and Saturday August 6 - 7, 2021, Russian cosmonauts onboard the International Space Station will transmit slow-scan television (SSTV) images from the station on 145.800 MHz FM. They will use SSTV mode PD-120.

The transmissions are part of the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment (MAI-75) and will be sent via RS0ISS, the ham station in the Russian Zvezda (Service) module using a Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver.

The announced schedule is August 6, 10:50 – 19:10 UTC and August 7, 09:50 – 15:55 UTC. Dates and times are subject to change.

For ground stations in the ISS footprint, the RS0ISS signal should be easy to copy on a handheld transceiver and a quarter-wave whip. Use 25-kHz channel spacing, if available. Free ISS software is available to download.

Pass predictions are available from AMSAT via .

Representative images from prior ISS SSTV events are available in the ARISS SSTV Gallery at .


The ARISS Operations Team meets weekly by telephone conference and much more frequently via e-mail and telephone. Activities coordinated by the ARISS operations team will be announced in this public Google Calendar. These are the ARISS school contacts, HamTV activities (other than blank transmission) and SSTV activities.

Calendar integration features

On this page we show the ARISS contacts calendar in a Google Calendar format.
This calendar allows you to share ARISS contacts with other calendars or it allows you to integrate info about ARISS activities into your own calendar.

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

The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For further information, please see

Gaston Bertels ON4WF

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Public consultations on radio equipment

Wednesday 4th August 2021

Séamus EI8BP reports on two public consultations taking place now relating to Internet-connected radio equipment and the sustainability and re-use of devices

Writing on the IARU Region 1 site he says:

The EC better regulation portal permits citizens and businesses to share their views on new EU policies and existing laws. Currently the Commission has two somewhat related public consultations on EU initiatives:


The title of this initiative is “Internet-connected radio equipment and wearable radio equipment”. This is a proposed Delegated Act under Article 3(3) of RED which has been the subject of discussion for some time.

Inter-connected radio equipment includes virtually all devices that have a network connection. The aim of the ACT is to improve the cybersecurity of these devices by constraining the upload of software. This has potential implications for radio amateurs and experimenters.


The title of this initiative is “Designing mobile phones and tablets to be sustainable – ecodesign”.

This has to do with sustainability and re-use of devices and arguably the proposal above under the RED at (1) is at odds with this.

As some background on this subject here is a link to a relevant article (in German):

Here is also a link to a recent ITU News item on product sustainability:

EU/EAA based Member Societies or individual radio amateurs may wish to respond to these consultations directly or, alternatively, all who are interested may send their views to the IARU R1 PRC who are preparing a submission (Chair Séamus EI8BP).

Source IARU Region 1

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ACMA checks on Solar Inverter suppliers

Wednesday 4th August 2021

Solar panel installations can cause considerable RF Pollution but the ACMA reports solar inverter suppliers in Australia are unaware of regulatory requirements

In a report Australia's communications regulator ACMA says:

In relation to Electromagnetic Energy (EME), six of the 19 suppliers failed to provide documentation that would meet the applicable radiocommunications standard (RLN) and the applicable EME standard (EME LN). After being given an opportunity to correct their documentation, all suppliers satisfactorily demonstrated compliance wth the RLN and the EME LN.

While the six suppliers were able to produce test reports and accurate declarations upon request, it was apparent that they were unaware of these regulatory requirements at the time of the audit.

Download the report Interference and licensing compliance— solar inverters

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Bouvet Island DXpedition negotiating with new charter vessel, planning begins anew

Wednesday 4th August 2021

The ARRL report that the Intrepid-DX Group’s plans for a 2023 DXpedition to Bouvet Island are back on the front burner.

In a brief announcement to the “global DX community,” DXpedition co-leader Paul Ewing, N6PSE, said a new charter vessel contract is in the offing. The 3Y0J DXpedition has refunded all donations to its earlier announced plan, advanced before losing its contract with the charter vessel Braveheart, and Ewing conceded, “there was a high degree of uncertainty that we could move forward.” Braveheart captain Nigel Jolly, K6NRJ, told the DXpedition in June that the Braveheart was being put up for sale, and he was canceling its contract for the 3Y0J voyage.

Ewing said this week that the team has found a suitable and affordable vessel whose skipper is willing to take a group of a dozen DXers to Bouvet, and they are negotiating the terms of that charter contract at present.

“We have submitted a new application to the Norwegian Polar Institute,” Ewing said. The team leadership has been revised. David Jorgensen, WD5COV, will be a co-leader, responsible for operations and antennas, while Kevin Rowett, K6TD, will be a co-leader, responsible for systems/networks, procurement, and logistics, and Ewing as a third co-leader, will oversee planning, public relations, tents, and logistics.

“Together, this leadership team will assemble 12 operators to make this vision a reality,” Ewing said. “We are revising our website and soon, we will begin fundraising for this renewed effort.” He expressed gratitude for all past sponsors of the Bouvet Island DXpedition initiative and said he hopes they can support the renewed effort as well. A new website is under construction.

A dependency of Norway, Bouvet is a subantarctic volcanic island in the South Atlantic.


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Six Winning Ways to Get Contacts on HF

Wednesday 4th August 2021

Six Winning Ways to Get Contacts on HF will be presented by Peter Parker AK3YE at the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo coming August 14th and 15th.

For more information go to

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Radio Caroline gets power increase

Wednesday 4th August 2021

A power increase has been agreed for Radio Caroline to extend its coverage area from Suffolk and Essex to include Kent and East Sussex.

The station is broadcasting under a community radio licence and was originally granted 1kW of power on 648 AM in 2018. The actual power increase amount has not been announced.

Ofcom says a power increase was agreed to combat man made noise and interference in the existing coverage area, and to extend coverage to adjoining areas.

While the subsequent increase in the licensed area was considered to be significant, the decision-maker deemed there to be exceptional circumstances in order to approve this request, saying the service has experienced high levels of background noise and interference, particularly in urban areas.

The licensee also serves a ‘community of interest’ as opposed to a defined geographic community meaning the service is positioned to be accessible to the community of interest in the proposed extended areas.

Ofcom adds: “There is an affinity between the existing and extended coverage area as the sea path from the existing transmitter at Orford means that the service is already receivable in parts of the extended coverage area, although existing reception is currently poor. Furthermore, the studio location means that the station attracts and engages volunteers from both the existing and extended coverage areas. The power increase will therefore improve signal in the extended coverage area, where some of the station’s volunteers live and work.”

“The applicant cited demand from its online audience base for access to the service via analogue. The power increase will therefore contribute to fulfilling this demand and broaden choice in how the community of interest in the extended area access the service.

“The licensee provided plans of how it would further engage audiences in the extended areas noting that the social gain prospects would be greatly enhanced in Kent, Essex and elsewhere as a consequence of the proposed extended coverage.

“Specifically, the extended coverage would result in their iconic and historically important Radioship becoming part of the licensed area. This will enable the use of this museum space to serve as an educational tool in offshore radio, and an additional education and training resource for potential volunteer radio presenters and technicians, which alongside the studio facilities in Kent will provide additional social gain capabilities.

No additional frequency resource is required to extend the service to the community of interest in the extended area.”

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HF Noise Mitigation

Wednesday 4th August 2021

HF Noise Mitigation will be presented by Mike Ritz W7VO at the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo coming August 14th and 15th.

For more information go to

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Solar maximum might come early

Wednesday 4th August 2021

New sunspot data show that Solar Cycle 25 is heating up faster than expected.

In fact, Solar Max could arrive in 2024 instead of 2025 as originally forecast.

See the data and learn more @

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ISS SSTV Aug 6-7 145.800 MHz FM

Tuesday 3rd August 2021

Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are planning to transmit Slow Scan TV images on 145.800 MHz FM using the SSTV mode PD-120

The transmissions are part of the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment (MAI-75) and will be made from the amateur radio station RS0ISS in the Russian ISS Service module (Zvezda) using a Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver.

August 6, 2021 (Friday) from 10:50 GMT until 19:10 GMT*
August 7, 2021 (Saturday) from 09:50 GMT until 15:55 GMT*
*Dates and times subject to change.

The signal should be receivable on a handheld with a 1/4 wave whip. If your rig has selectable FM filters try the wider filter for 25 kHz channel spacing.

You can get predictions for the ISS pass times at


Useful SSTV info and links

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RFI from water

Tuesday 3rd August 2021

IRTS News report that devices called 'Wassermatrix', sold by a Swiss company by the same name have been identified as the source of interfences around 144.015 MHz across European countries.

The manufacturer claims it will “vitalize”, “structure” or “energize” water, thus making drinking water healthier and curing a wide span of diseases from oncologic and virologic to orthopaedic kinds.

Following complaints, those devices has now been banned from sale in Germany after an investigation by the local communications regulator. Reports include direct identification of devices near Frankfurt airport. The devices use an unstable power oscilltor around 144.015Mhz with a wide noise skirt, and produce 20 Watts output over periods of five minutes. Strong overtones can be heard at 288 and 432 MHz. For the user of the 'purifier' this translates into a calculated EMF exposure of about 28Volt/meter, enough to possibly upset a heart pacemaker.

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Amateur radio operator bags another award

Tuesday 3rd August 2021

The Hindu newspaper reports on the achievements of radio amateur M. Sanil Deep VU3SIO

The newspaper story says:

M. Sanil Deep, the amateur radio operator from Kozhikode who recently entered the America Book of Records, has certificates of 14 such records adorning the drawing room of his home.

Mr. Deep has scored all these records for the longest running broadcast show, BC-DX NET, for short wave radio listeners every Sunday for the last 30 years. As a net controller with the individual call sign VU3SIO, he has been broadcasting single handedly since 1990.

In 1998, a talk given by Mr. Deep was aired by the Adventist World Radio from Guam island in the Pacific Ocean on the 10th anniversary of BC-DX NET, and again in 2008 for the 20th anniversary of the show.

So far, he has connected with radio stations in around 200 countries using the ham radio set up at his residence. The Golden Book of Records, India Book of Records, World Records India, Limca Book of Records, Arabian World Record and Asia Book of Records have already acknowledged his achievement.

Source The Hindu

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LA2FDA and LB6RI cross the North Sea in a sailing vessel

Tuesday 3rd August 2021

These two radio amateurs are one of the passengers and one of the crew on the sailing vessel 'Statsraad Lehmkuhl' as it is cruising from Northern Norway to the southern parts.

This cruise is being televised on national TV 6 days a week, and the edited programmes are available via internet. This past Saturday 31st July, the two were shown on national TV talking about amateur radio while the vessel was underway from the Shetlands and back to Western Norway.

Their interview is at 3hrs 11mins into the recording that is available via the link -

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The History and Current Values of Telegraph Keys

Tuesday 3rd August 2021

The History and Current Values of Telegraph Keys will be presented by Tom Perera W1TP at the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo coming August 14th and 15th.

For more information go to

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Indian ILLW operation

Tuesday 3rd August 2021

Operators Ramesh/VU2LU, Sridhar/VU3GLS, Madhu/VU3NPI, Lion/VU2JHM, Krishnakumar/VU3UNO, Girish/VU3GDS, Murthy/VU2MTT (VU2VTI), Mahesh/VU3FDT, Srikanth/VU2SBJ and possibly many others will be active as AT8KLH from the Kapu Light House 'Kapu' (ARLHS WLOL IND-091) during the 24th Annual International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW) between August 21-22nd (48 hours).



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Defunct Caribbean prefix proposed

Tuesday 3rd August 2021

Alan, VK6CQ (VK0LD, VP8PJ), reports the following:

Due to an oversight in the new communications legislation recently introduced in the Falkland Islands, the VP8 prefix no longer applies to the former Falkland Islands Dependencies (Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetlands, South Orkneys, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands).

This impasse has been ongoing since 2017 when the Falklands government abruptly stopped issuing VP8 licenses to DXpeditions and other amateurs wishing to operate from the Antarctic, South Georgia etc.

The logical solution would be to allocate new prefixes to the former Dependencies and the strongest candidates would be VP0 for British Antarctic Territory (BAT) because several nations already use 0 to indicate an Antarctic station e.g. VK0, DP0, HF0 etc. and ZD0 for South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) because it is the southernmost of Britain's Mid Atlantic territories (the others being ZD7, ZD8 & ZD9).

Both these prefixes are available and have never been allocated before. They are eminently suitable for these locations and are probably what most DXers would prefer. Note that BAT and SGSSI are separate British Overseas Territories and therefore each requires its own separate prefix.

The Falkland Islands Communications Regulator has never invited any public consultation on this matter, nevertheless VP0 and ZD0 have been previously suggested to him as the logical choices for these rare DX locations. Unfortunately, these suggestions seem to have fallen on deaf ears. Instead, it is now rumored that the Falklands Government is about to revive a defunct Caribbean prefix (VP4, formerly Trinidad & Tobago) and apply it to two separate British territories in the Antarctic by sub-dividing the suffix e.g. VP4 Axx for SGSSI (South Georgia and South Sandwich) and VP4 Bxx for BAT (Antarctic Peninsula, South Orkneys & South Shetlands).
For more details, see the various posts on

If you think that resurrecting a defunct Caribbean prefix for use in the Antarctic and subdividing the suffix is a really bad idea and wish to lobby for a proper solution with new prefixes to be implemented you should contact the following Falkland Islands government officials as soon as possible and make your sentiments known:

If the worldwide amateur radio community shouts loudly enough, we just might get a couple of new prefixes and a satisfactory resolution to this ongoing five year old stalemate.


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Holy Land DX Group in Rwanda

Tuesday 3rd August 2021

Members of the Holy Land DX Group (HDXG) will operate from Rwanda signing 9X4X between November 24th and December 1st.

Operators mentioned are Mark/4Z4KX, Hilik/4X6YA, Ruben/4Z5FI, Ruslan/4Z5LA, Hanan/4Z1DZ and Jan/4X1VF.

They will run 3 stations on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 (maybe SAT also). They will also participate in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th).

QSL via Ruben, 4Z5FI.

Special thanks to Harald, DF2WO, for his outstanding support


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QSO Today - James Anderson, K8OS

Monday 2nd August 2021

James, 'B' Anderson, K8OS, will be presenting in the next QSO Today Virtual ham Expo, on August 14th and 15th on the topic of Vertical Yagi-Uda Array using Wire Elements - Stealth HF Gain on a Budget.

I thought that it would be good to introduce the QSO Today audience to the presenters themselves.
While JB has been a ham for over 50 years, he is also an accomplished electronics engineer and a radio astronomer.

K8OS tells his ham radio story in this QSO Today.

Listen to the podcast

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70cm DVB-S1 DATV transmitted from ham radio balloon

Monday 2nd August 2021

On July 18 the Hämeenlinnan Radioamatöörit Amateur Radio Club OH3AA launched a high altitude balloon OH3VHH-1 carrying a 70cm DVB-S1 TV transmitter up to an altitude of 28.3 km  

Watch OH3VHH high altitude balloon DVB-S transmission


Read the full report of the launch and flight at

Michael OH2AUE, located in Padasjoki, Finland, has shared a video he received directly from the balloon DVB-S transmitter

See also Michael’s setup for receiving the DVB-S transmission

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Radio show about Morse code features ham radio

Monday 2nd August 2021

Iceland's IRA reports Amateur Radio features in a two-part show about Morse Code 'Short Long Short' (Stutt Langt Stutt) aired by broadcaster RÚV RÁS 1

The show is all about Morse code and the role of Morse communications in our culture.

Part 1 was broadcast on Sunday, August 1 at 09:05 GMT
Part 2 featuring amateur radio is broadcast on Monday, August 2 at 09:03 GMT

After broadcast both parts of the show should be available as recordings on the RÚV RÁS 1 site, try searching for "Stutt Langt Stutt", you can listen live on the site at

IRA announcement

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Another online SDR now operational in Iceland

Monday 2nd August 2021

The KiwiSDR remote receiver at Bláfjöll in Iceland covers all the amateur HF bands from 160 to 10 metres

A translation of the IRA post reads:

The KiwiSDR receiver, which was moved from Skeljanes last April and has been stored by Erling Guðnason TF3E ever since, was moved this morning, July 30, back to Bláfjöll.
URL: or

The receiver is now located inside a heated house and uses a 70 meter long wire antenna for the amateur bands from 160 to 10 meters. Unim from the Ultimax 100 is used to lower the virtual resistance to the feed point.

Ari Þórólfur Jóhannesson TF1A and Georg Kulp TF3GZ made a trip to the mountain today and completed the installation. Those members believe that the current installation should ensure the smooth operation of the receiver on the mountain.

Two other KiwiSDR receivers over the Internet are active; at Bjargtangar in Vesturbyggð and at Raufarhöfn. URLs:

Thanks to Ara Þórólfur Jóhannesson, TF1A and Georg Kulp, TF3GZ for a valuable contribution. This is an important addition for radio amateurs who experiment in these frequency ranges, as well as listeners and anyone interested in the spread of radio waves. Furthermore, thanks to Erling Guðnason, TF3E for running under the rug with saving the receiver since last April

Soure IRA

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ICQpodcast - QSO Today Summer Expo

Monday 2nd August 2021

In this episode, Martin (M1MRB) is joined by Chris Howard (M0TCH), Martin Rothwell (M0SGL), Ed Durrant (DD5LP), Frank Howell (K4FMH) and Bill Barnes (WC3B) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief and in the episode, we feature the QSO Today Summer Expo


We would like to thank Kevin Paquette (KC1OIZ), Gary Bridges (WA0VMV), Bob Collezioni, Roy Jones (VK6RR), and our monthly and annual subscription donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit -

News stories include: -

• FCC Investigating Alleged “Jamming” on 40 Meters
• What Happens to British Ships When Satellites Don't Work?
• Repeater Troublemaker Caught Red-Handed!
• Free Online Examination Study Tool
• USA Active 40 MHz Experimental Station
• Brazilian Radio Hams Discuss Online Exams with Regulator

The ICQPodcast can be downloaded from

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Between Dusk and Dawn - Exceptional propagation on 60 metres

Monday 2nd August 2021

Henk Schanssema, PA2S submitted this article to the New Zealand NZART Break-In magazine, of the investigations he had undertaken of day-to-day propagation on 5 MHz / 60 m together with several companions, looking for explanations for the signal strength peaks.

It was also found that during these peaks, the transmission loss (path loss) between transmitter and receiver is substantially lower than propagation models predicted.

 Find out more at

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Prosecution for possessing a prohibited radio

Monday 2nd August 2021

Recently, New Zealand's Radio Spectrum Management successfully brought charges against Moko Turner who was found guilty of possessing an Unrestricted Two Way Radio. The prohibited radio was found in Mr Turner’s vehicle by police officers during a routine pull over.

On further analysis, the prohibited radio had police frequencies programmed into the unit and was able to transmit on police channels. Mr Turner appeared in the Whangarei District Court and was found guilty of charges under the Radiocommunications Act 1989, s113 and s114.

It is illegal for any person (apart from NZ Police) to transmit on Police channels. Unsolicited radiocommunications can cause serious harm and put Officers and the New Zealand public in danger.

Radio Spectrum Management takes a very serious stance against those who disrupt or cause interference to Police or other emergency services.

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Moroccan special event

Monday 2nd August 2021

Look for some Moroccan operators to use the special prefixes 'CN22' until August 8th, and '5E' between August 20-29th, for the celebration of the 22nd anniversary of the enthronement of 'His Majesty the King of Morocco Mohammed VI.'

The following stations have been metioned on
5E8CE via CN8CE
CN22ATM via CN8ATM (d)
CN22QR via (B)
CN22CE via CN8CE
CN22ZG via CN8ZG
CN22PA via CN8PA


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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 2nd August 2021

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 25th July, through Sunday, 1st August there were 209 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY,

K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TU, TY, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZL7, 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"


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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 2nd August 2021

Island activities:

IOTA NEWS. The following are IOTA operations that were active this past week between July 26-31st (as per the DXCluster):

IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
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AF-014 CT9ABV MADEIRA 30/20/17m; CW/SSB
AF-016 FR8TR REUNION 20/17m; CW
AF-018 IH9YMC Pantelleria 15m; CW
AF-022 ZD7FT ST HELENA 17/12m; SSB
AF-022 ZD7MY ST HELENA 17/10m; FT8
AS-025 RI0FF Iturup 30/20m; CW/FT8
AS-025 RI0FWA Iturup 40/30/20/17m; CW/FT8
AS-066 R0LGY/P Putyatin 20m; FT8
AS-150 BG4OP Lingshan 20m; CW
EU-008 MM0UMH Inner Hebrides 30m; CW
EU-017 ID9/IW4EBS Salina 20m; SSB
EU-049 SY8APQ Lesvos 20m; SSB
EU-054 IF9A Favignana 20m; CW
EU-057 DA2W/P Ruegen 80/40/20/17m; CW/SSB
EU-063 JW0W Prins Karls Forland 20m; CW/FT8
EU-090 9A/S50O Palagruza 30/20m; CW
EU-090 9A/S58MU/P Palagruza 20/17m; CW
EU-090 9A21A Palagruza 20m; CW
EU-107 TM7P PETITE 30/20/17/15m; CW/FT8
EU-129 DK0GYB/P Usedom 40/20m; SSB
EU-144 ID8A Cirella 20m; SSB
EU-153 R7AL/1 Kiy 20m; CW
EU-162 RA1ALA/P Volostrov 20m; SSB
NA-015 CO7FR CUBA 40m; CW
NA-015 CO2VK CUBA 20m; SSB
NA-106 KP2B VIRGIN 40/20m; SSB/FT8
OC-001 VK2OWD Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK2SOL Australia 17m; FT8
OC-001 VK3CHI Australia 30m; FT8
OC-001 VK4KA Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK4ZD Australia 40m; FT8
OC-001 VK6IR Australia 15m; SSB
OC-009 T88SS PALAU 20m; FT8
OC-013 E51JD Rarotonga 20m; SSB
OC-021 YD1RPS JAVA 15m; FT8
OC-022 YB9FAO BALI 20m; FT8
OC-036 ZL3IO NORTH 20m; FT8
OC-097 5W1SA SAMOA 17m; FT8

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

AS-014. (Canceled) Last week's operations by A44M/A43MI were canceled.

AS-018/ By the time you read this, Russian Robinsons Club operators AS-025. will be active as RI0FF from Iturup Island (AS-025) until August 3rd. The team will then move to Sakhali Island (AS-018) on August 3rd, and then be active on the air between August 4-6th. Operators mentioned are Eugene/RZ3EC, Andrey/R6MG, Sergey/M0MSV, Sergey/RX3F, Vladimir/RN3BL and Daniil/R6LGT.
QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred) or RZ3EC (direct or Bureau). For more details and updates, see:

AS-100. (Canceled/Rescheduled) Last weekend's operation by 4X100AI from Akhziv Island was canceled due to bad weather. Operators Dov/4Z4DX, Hanan/4Z1DZ, Udi/4X6ZM, Eyal/4X1RE, Eli/4Z1NB, Eran/4X5KE, Dan/4Z5SL, Moshe/4X1DX, Jürgen/4Z5OI, Zvika/4Z1ZV and Zeev/4X5ZS have rescheduled their activity for August 7th, between 0500-1500z. Operations will be on CW, SSB, FT8 and QO100 satellite. QSL via 4X6ZM, eQSL, ClubLog and LoTW.

EU-083. Operators Mauri/IU1LCZ, Tony/IK1QBT, Mauro/IK1CJO, Claudio/I1NVU, Joe/I1WXY and Gabriele/IK1NEG will be active as IP1X from Gallinara Island (IIA L-018, IFFA 0285, WW Loc. JN44ca) on September 11th. They plan to have two stations active during the daylight hours on 40/20 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via the ARI Bureau or direct to IU1LCZ: Maurizio Vignola, Via Pineta 52 fr.Cenesi, 17035 Cisano sul Neva (SV), ITALY.

EU-121. Members of the WestNet DX Group will be active as EJ7NET from Gola Island (WW Loc. IO55TC) between August 21-25th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via EI6FR.

EU-153. Operators Anatoly/RM2P, Gleb/RM5P and Peter/RQ3P will be active as RC3P/1 from Kiy Island between August 9-14th. Their main activity will be on 144 MHz during the Perseid meteor shower, but they also plan to be on the HF bands (mainly 40/20m). QSL via RM2P. Logs will be uploaded to ( HamLog or LoTW. ADDED NOTE: As this was being written, reports that Vasily, R7AL, is active from Kiy Island as R7AL/1 on August 1-2nd. Activity will be on 40/30 meters using CW with 100 watts into a vertical. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS.

EU-162. Mikhail, RA1ALA, is now active as RA1ALA/p from Volostrov Island (Murmanskaya Oblast, RRA RR-02-49, RLE-053, RDA MU-20, WW Loc. KP76EO) until August 7th. QSL via RA1ALA only direct or use PayPal.

NA-096. (Reminder) Massimo, HB9TUZ, will be active as HI9/HB9TUZ from Las Terransa, Dominican Republic, between August 1-30th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters SSB. QSL only via eQSL.

OC-139. Grant, VK5GR, reports that Tony, VK5AVB, is on the air with his new Foundation Class operator license (but expects he will upgrade soon), and is a permanent resident of Kangaroo Island.
Tony, VK5AVB, reports on on July 28th: "I am the only current operator on Kangaroo Island and just set up my station a few days ago. There have been no permanent operators here for at least 20 years, and the DX here is amazing with very little QRM. I can work from the East to the West and love my DX as I'm on a hill with a 16m tower and plenty of ocean around me." QSL via the address on

SA-046. Members of the Pernamuco Expeditionary Amateur Radio Group will be active as ZW7I from the Santa Cruz Environmental Protection Area (WWFF PYFF-0373) on Itamaraca Island between 2100z, September 17th, and 2100z, September 19th. The team mentioned is Fernando/PS8PL, Ronaldo/PS8RV, James/PU8ROT, Lucas/PY7AN, Jose/PY7BC, Jean/PY7BR, Ricardo/PY7RL and Wagner/PY7WM. Activity will be on 80/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via PY7WM, LoTW, eQSL and E-mail.

PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new 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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Radio amateurs set out on 1,000 mile cycle ride

Sunday 1st August 2021

Kev G0PEK and Lauren 2E0HLR have set out on a 1640 km bicycle and radio expedition from Lands End to Cape Wrath and John o' Groats

During their 28 day DXexpedition they will use APRS, WSPR, 145/430 MHz FM and HF QRP.

The callsigns used will be G0PEK and 2E0HLR when riding and MX0KRO when at camp locations.

Follow their progress on Twitter at

Megacycle 2021 DXpedition Group Page

Kent Active Radio Amateurs

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AMSAT SA Space Symposium videos available

Sunday 1st August 2021

Videos of the presentations given at the AMSAT SA Space Symposium held on July 10, 2021, are now available on YouTube

The two videos currently online are:
• A Novel Approach to constructing a QO-100 Ground Station by Dr Gary Immelman ZS6YI
• AfriCUBE Challenging the limits by Anton Janovsky ZR6AIC

The other presentations will be uploaded later.

Watch the videos on the AMSATSA YouTube Channel at


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Chile's Defense Minister recognises radio amateurs emergency role

Sunday 1st August 2021

Chile’s Minister of National Defense Baldo Prokurica CE1JIU has been a radio amateur since 1980

IARU Region 2 reports:

Baldo Prokurica, CE1JIU, is the Chilean National Defense Minister; he has also been a radio amateur since 1980. In a QSO recently held between Prokurica and colleagues Dino Besomi, CE3PG, Radio Club de Chile President, and Angel Toranzo, CE3NY, Director of the Chilean Federation of Amateur Radio Clubs, Prokurica highlighted the relevance of radio amateurs, who are always willing and able to help their communities when it becomes necessary.

In Chile, the work of radio amateurs in the area of communications during of emergency and disaster situations is well recognized and taken into account by the government, natural disasters are frequent in Chile and its territory is widespread. Therefore, emergency preparedness is one of the activities where many Chilean amateurs usually participate. Diverse groups of colleagues participate periodically in preparedness exercises, and in disaster situations, they have been the first line of communication in numerous occasions.

For IARU, emergency communications are of utmost importance. In Region 2, emergency communications work is led by Dr. Carlos Alberto Santamaría, CO2JC.

To learn more about it, please visit

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The Space Weather Woman

Sunday 1st August 2021

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

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SARL Next Generation Beacon fund stands at R24 700

Sunday 1st August 2021

AMSAT SA started the crowdfunding initiative to collect funds for the SARL Next Generation Beacon programme. The R24 700 collected to date is far from the R60 000 target to finance a beacon in the Karoo and the Western Cape. Good progress is being made on a site in the Karoo with a MOU about to be signed between the SARL, the owner of the farm and a company that manages the tower facilities.

At the monthly meeting held on Thursday 29 July, the Beacon group discussed various aspects and plans to fit the Bethlehem beacon and all future beacons with a telemetry and remote-control system. To stay up to date with the beacon programme, listen to Brian Jacobs’s “Focus on VHF and above” transmitted weekly on the Amateur Radio Today programme.

AMSAT SA and the SARL thank all who have contributed. Help us make it happen by donating to the fund and reach the target of R60 000 over the next month.

Visit and make your contribution by clicking on one of the payment buttons for a R50, R250, or R1 000 donation. The button will take you to the Payfast website where you need to enter your debit or credit card details. Please also add your call sign after your surname.

Visit the Next Generation Beacon web page for articles, videos, updates and a list of donors. There are links on the SARL and AMSAT SA home pages.

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Icom IC-705 Teardown

Sunday 1st August 2021

IC-705 Teardown Look Inside The New Transceiver And Find Out What ICOM Has Hidden In The Depths Of This Wonderful Black Box

How To Open ICOM IC-705
Opening the transceiver is very simple. To do this, you will need some good Phillips screwdrivers of different sizes, PH type. It is desirable to have a set.

Disconnect the battery and unscrew 4 screws at the corners of the transceiver case, as well as two screws at the top and bottom. This is where we need a good screwdriver of the correct size, since the top and bottom screws sit on the blue thread lock. You will have to make some effort to unscrew them. When all screws are removed, the front panel can be easily separated from the transceiver body.

You can read more at this link

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BT fined £42,500 for providing incorrect information to Ofcom

Sunday 1st August 2021

Ofcom has fined BT £42,500, after the company submitted incorrect information for our 2019 Connected Nations report, which analyses the availability of broadband and mobile services across the UK and each of its nations.

In September 2019, we requested information from EE (which is owned by BT) about the number of premises able to receive its fixed wireless access broadband service. This information was included in our Connected Nations report, published in December 2019.

In February 2020, BT informed us that this information was incorrect, and provided us with the correct data.

Our information-gathering powers are important to our work in regulating the telecoms markets. So, we have fined BT £42,500, which incorporates a 15% reduction to reflect BT’s agreement to settle this investigation by admitting full liability.

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NASA statement on GAO ruling regarding human landing system protest

Sunday 1st August 2021

The following is the NASA statement in response to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision released Friday on the human landing system protest:

“NASA was notified Friday, July 30, that the U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied the protests filed by Blue Origin Federation and Dynetics and has upheld the agency’s source selection of SpaceX to continue the development of its human landing system. The decision enables NASA to award the contract that will ultimately result in the first crewed demonstration landing on the surface of the Moon under NASA’s Artemis plan. Importantly, the GAO’s decision will allow NASA and SpaceX to establish a timeline for the first crewed landing on the Moon in more than 50 years.

“NASA recognizes that sending American astronauts back to the Moon for the first time since the Apollo program and establishing a long-term presence on the Moon is a priority for the Biden Administration and is imperative for maintaining American leadership in space. In the face of challenges during the last year, NASA and its partners have made significant achievements to advance Artemis, including a successful hot fire test for the Space Launch System rocket. An uncrewed flight of Artemis I is on track for this year and a crewed Artemis II mission is planned for 2023.

“NASA is moving forward with urgency, but astronaut safety is the priority and the agency will not sacrifice the safety of the crew in the steadfast pursuit of the goal to establish a long-term presence on the Moon.

“As soon as possible, NASA will provide an update on the way ahead for Artemis, the human landing system, and humanity’s return to the Moon. We will continue to work with the Biden Administration and Congress to ensure funding for a robust and sustainable approach for the nation’s return to the Moon in a collaborative effort with U.S. commercial partners.”

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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 31st July 2021

The diversity of our hobby is breathtaking

You've heard me say that amateur radio is a thousand hobbies in one. It's not my idea, but it speaks to me in ways that are hard to articulate. Today I found a way that might give you an inkling just how vast this community is.

One place where our community gathers is on-air, but it's not the only place. There are clubs, websites, email lists, video channels and other outlets all catering for different amateur radio users and their interests. One such place is the social media site Reddit. In the so-called amateurradio sub with currently over 88 thousand members, there is a lively community discussing many of the different aspects of our hobby.

Over the past 24 hours, 23 posts were made in that single community.

"Thanks, K-2722 hunters", was a photo about activating Carolina Beach State Park, as part of an activity called Parks on the Air, or POTA. To participate you can either go to a park, set-up your station and make contacts, or you can stay at home and listen out for people who are doing that.

"It's not high-high, it's hee-hee", a meme around the sound that the Morse Code generates when you send the letter H followed by the letter I, commonly considered laughter.

"Why don't scanners have FM radio?", a discussion around the perceived lack of FM mode on scanners.

"Help with TYT MD-380 CPS", a question from an amateur who purchased a new radio and is looking for software to program it.

"Portable on the Space Coast. QRP on a speaker wire antenna.", a video of an amateur making an activation in Florida and showing off their set-up.

"Could not hit DMR repeater", an amateur sharing that they figured out that they couldn't hit a repeater because they had their radio set to low power and wanted to share that with the community.

"Antenna advice part 2", asking about how to set-up antennas for dual use, how to amplify the signal, use rotators and what kind of coax to use.

"ISS SSTV Aug 6-7 145.800 MHz FM", linking to a news item announcing slow scan television coming from the International Space station in August.

"FT-3DR APRS message question", exploring the specifics on how Automatic Packet Reporting System or APRS messages are sent. Think of it as global distributed SMS via amateur radio.

"Is it okay to leave a handheld radio on while it's on its battery charger 24/7?", with answers to the question that's puzzling one owner of a radio.

"Extra test question", asking about how to learn for the test and wondering if the techniques needed are different when compared with obtaining the "tech" exam.

"Just got my first radio! Now to prep for the test, but first a question about saving time after I pass it...", asking about how to register before the test to speed things along.

And that's just over half way there.

"Maldol TMH-21 / TMH-71 handhelds - any info?", asking about a new to them radio from around 2007.

"2021 Berryville, VA (US) Hamfest - any reddit community members going?", looking for others going to the first hamfest in their region for a long time.

"CB Radio is Going FM! Why is the FCC Doing It?", linking to a video that discusses the changes on how CB radio is getting another mode.

"What is the 'right' way to learn morse?", the age-old question, one that I'm still am working through.

"Sidetone distorted on QCX mini? How do I fix this? It gets better or worse when I move the radio around, but the problem doesn't go away. Anyone else's QCX do this?", with a video showing the issue.

"Aluminium roof trim + HF dipole", with a question on what kind of effects might happen as a result of the combination of the two.

"Never owned a Radio be for please help lol. I got 2 of these on the way any tips for beginners? [sic]", excited new owner looking for advice.

"I finally got my qsl cards printed!", with pictures to show the artistic prowess involved.

"Legality of transmitting digital data over FM audio", asking about the specifics on how data may or may not be transmitted in the United States.

"It's no pie plate on a kayak, but you gotta work with what you have, right?", showing off a frying pan as a magnetic base. If it works, it's not silly at all.

"Very New Here", asking about how to explore radio waves.

Those 23 different posts are all about amateur radio, from one single community, on one day. Each post from someone finding their way in the community, discussing something that's important to them, sharing their experience and contributing to that community. Reddit alone has at least a dozen amateur related communities, covering electronics, specific radios, amateur software development and more.

The thing about this hobby is that it's different things to different people. For some it's about getting on air and making noise, for others it's learning about whatever comes their way. This hobby is so vast because it touches so many aspects of life, it innovates, leads and contributes in ways that are often invisible and that's why it's so engrossing.

What's your latest interest in this hobby and what keeps you coming back for more?

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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Faith Hannah Lea, KD3Z, named 2021 Newsline Young Ham of the Year

Saturday 31st July 2021

Faith Hannah Lea, KD3Z, of Palm Coast, Florida, has been selected as the 2021 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year.

Faith Hannah is the daughter of James, WX4TV, and Michelle, N8ZQZ, Lea. Her brother and two sisters are also hams. She credited her parents with being the biggest influences in her entry into amateur radio. She said her journey began at the age of 10 in December 2014.

“I started studying for my Technician license with my brother (Zechariah WX4TVJ),” she recalled. “And we both went in and got it. And two weeks later, I had earned my General ... Then, two months later, I earned my Extra.
“So that allowed me to really get into the stuff that I liked, which was working HF.”

Just 18 months after being licensed, Faith Hannah was invited to join the 2016 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX team operating PJ6 from the Dutch island of Saba.
“And that’s when I realized especially that DXing is amazing because I absolutely love those huge pileups and getting to talk to all of those different people,” she explained.
Among her PJ6 achievements was a satellite contact that broke the SO-50 distance world record. She wrote an article about the event which was published in the March/April 2017 issue of The AMSAT Journal.

In August 2018, Faith Hannah took part in the week-long “Youngsters on the Air” program in Johannesburg, South Africa where she participated in kit-building and antenna building projects, satellite operations and a high-altitude balloon launch.
She wrote an article about her experiences in South Africa that was published in CQ magazine.
On the way to South Africa, Faith Hannah and her father, James, WX4TV, had a 22-hour layover in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. They were invited by the Emirates Amateur Radio Society to visit and operate A62A and A60YOZ.

In December 2018, Faith Hannah and her younger sister, Hope, ND2L, and her father organized a 36-hour mini-DXpedition to the Dry Tortugas in the Gulf of Mexico, off the southwest coast of Florida, where they activated N4T. The girls logged 1,970 HF contacts and 100 satellite contacts.

Faith Hannah’s account of the N4T operation was published by CQ magazine, and she and Hope shared the April 2019 cover.
These and other ham radio experiences energized her desire to actively participate in contesting with her family and she has been a regular participant in ARRL Field Day, ARRL International DX contests, CQ WW SSB, and several state QSO parties.

She has participated in several special event operations as well, including National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) activations, the first SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse in Florida, a 13 Colonies station (K2G) in Georgia, and Jamboree on the Air and Boy Scout Radio merit badge weekends.

She has been active in several clubs in Virginia and Florida over her brief time as an amateur radio operator, finding mentors and friends in each of them. She has served as a net control operator for Volusia, Florida ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) during Hurricanes Matthew, Irma and Dorian.
Faith Hannah completed high school through home schooling. But before doing so, she enrolled in Daytona State College where she earned an Associate of Arts degree at the age of 15.
Presently, she is enrolled in Stetson University in Deland, Florida, where she is recognized as a member of the junior class. She maintains a 4.0 GPA as she works toward earning two different degrees – a Bachelor of Science in molecular and cellular biology and a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Faith Hannah said she is exploring two career tracks – medicine or the law, or possibly both.
In 2020, she earned a $25,000 scholarship from the Foundation for Amateur Radio. And in 2021, a $16,000 scholarship in the “Voice of Democracy” essay contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars – finishing first in Florida and second in the national competition.

As for amateur radio now and in the future, Faith Hannah says there’s always time for that.
“I know this sounds weird but it doesn’t really take all of my time to do my school, to have fun and to do ham radio,” she explained. “It all just fits in perfectly because a lot of times if I’m getting on the radio and it’s not a contest, I’ll just do it in the evening when gray line is there because that’s usually when I’m free and it’s a great time to make contacts.

“If it’s a weekend, we might take a radio and go out to a park or something and get on the air. And once it starts dying down, we’ll just hang around the park for a couple of hours.”
You can follow Faith Hannah, K3DZ, her family and their activities on their “HamRadio.World” YouTube channel where they have nearly 13,000 subscribers

The YHOTY award is traditionally presented during the Huntsville Hamfest in August at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville Alabama. However, because of the spike in the Delta variant of Covid-19, Amateur Radio Newsline will not stage a public presentation at the hamfest this year. Faith Hannah will receive a certificate of recognition and other gifts during an online presentation.

The Young Ham of the Year Award was inaugurated by William Pasternak, WA6ITF, in 1986. Upon his passing in 2015, Bill’s name was added to the award as a memorial to his commitment to recognizing the accomplishments of young people to the Amateur Radio Service.
Amateur Radio Newsline, CQ magazine, and Yaesu USA are primary sponsors of the award, along with Heil Sound Ltd. and Radiowavz Antenna Company.

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40 MHz experimental station now active in USA

Saturday 31st July 2021

ARRL reports Experimental Station WL2XUP is transmitting WSPR on 40.662 MHz in the 8-meter band

The ARRL say WL2XUP is an FCC Part 5 Experimental station operated by Lin Holcomb, NI4Y, in Georgia. It’s licensed to operate with up to 400 W effective radiated power (ERP) between 40.660 MHz to 40.700 MHz.

A 2019 Petition for Rulemaking (RM-11843) asked the FCC to create a new 8-meter amateur radio allocation on a secondary basis. The Petition suggests the new band could be centered on an industrial-scientific-medical (ISM) segment somewhere between 40.51 and 40.70 MHz. The spectrum between 40 and 41 MHz is currently allocated to the federal government and, as such, within the purview of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

ARRL member Michelle Bradley, KU3N, of Maryland, filed the petition on behalf of REC Networks, which she founded and described in the Petition as “a leading advocate for a citizen’s access to spectrum,” including amateur radio spectrum.

40 MHz Petition for Rulemaking  RM-11843

Read the full ARRL story at

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Video of talk on UK amateur radio exams

Saturday 31st July 2021

On July 28, Steve Hartley G0FUW gave a talk that covered the history of Amateur Radio Exams in the UK, the 2019 Exam Syllabus and prospects for the future

The talk was given online to the Bath and District Amateur Radio Club (BADARC).

Intro 00:00-07:18
Current Syllabus 07:18-10:40
Text books 10:40-13-52
Practical Assessments 13:52-16:40
Exams 16:40-33:00
How Different is 2019 Syllabus? 33:00-47:18
Syllabus Issues 47:18-51:20
Fears/Concerns 51:20-54:50
Is it Working? 54:50-1:06:24
The Future? 1:06:24-1:12:36
Q&A 1:26:36-end

Watch UK Amateur Radio Exams


A free Bath Based Distance Learning course for the Full exam starts in August, to join you need to register by August 4, see

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Radio ham in BBC TV's University Challenge on Monday

Saturday 31st July 2021

RSGB report the Chair of the Cambridge University Wireless Society Nikolas Thatte M0IPY is part of the Emmanuel College team on the TV show University Challenge

Emmanuel College will appear in the episode to be broadcast on BBC 2 on Monday, August 2 at 8.30pm (1930 GMT).

The show will be available on the BBC website at

Source RSGB Twitter Feed

On July 18 Nikolas was active from Cambridge in the YOTA Contest

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Nuclear bombs can cause geomagnetic storms

Saturday 31st July 2021

59 years ago this month, rainbow-colored auroras appeared over Hawaii. A solar storm? No. It was a high altitude nuclear test.

A new paper just published in Earth and Space Science revisits the event, applying modern space weather forecasting techniques to atmospheric EMPs.

Full story @

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93 presentations now scheduled at the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

Saturday 31st July 2021

We have scheduled the 93 presentations at the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo coming August 14th and 15th.

Presentation details are here:

The Agenda with time and date, both PDT and UTC can be displayed by clicking the button in the image below on our website. You can search this list in all kinds of ways to find the presentations that interest you.

We are working to add the time and dates both in PDT and UTC to the downloadable CSV file for your convenience. Please check back in the next day or two.

Amateur Radio is like a big circus now, with its 3 rings in the "big top", and with a midway that has a thousand tents. These 93 presentations demonstrate just how rich our ham radio hobby is with hams who share with us, from the midway, what they are doing. Please come to the Expo to enjoy these fine presentations.

All of the presentations from the two previous expos are here:

The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Team

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Main Website

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Wanted - Enthusiastic Radio Amateurs to participate in Advanced Distance Learning

Friday 30th July 2021

The Strangford High Frequency Enthusiasts Group are now inviting enrolments for the next Advanced training cycle which will be commencing with a Google Meet sessions on Monday 13th September.

These meetings are supported by eighty U tube videos, personal and tailored Tuition, Email support and Documentation.

This service is completely free and there are no entry requirements not even a UK intermediate licence. All you need is enthusiasm and a little commitment. Your rewards are high. Increased DX potential, Being proactive and not merely answering CQ calls, Ragchews not merely a rubber stamp QSO. Increase your enjoyment today.

Contact for details.

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HS18IARU now active for IARU conference

Friday 30th July 2021

The special event call sign HS18IARU is now active on all bands to promote the upcoming online IARU Region 3 conference

The RAST site says:

A special callsign, HS18IARU, issued by Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to promote the upcoming 18th IARU Region 3 Conference that will be hosted online by RAST in September, is now active on all amateur radio bands.

The callsign will remain active until September 30, 2021.

The upcoming International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 Conference which will take place on September 20-23 will be the first virtual IARU conference and RAST will host the event online for the safety and convenience of all participants.

The virtual IARU Region 3 Conference will have a wide range of remote speakers and will be conducted under the leadership of RAST President Dr. Jack Hantongkom, HS1FVL who is also an IARU Region 3 director.

For stations that make contact with HS18IARU, a QSL card can be applied for by sending a stamped addressed envelope to:
The Radio Amateur Society of Thailand under the Patronage of His Majesty the King,
P.O. Box 2008,
Repondents living overseas should include funds to cover return postage for a direct card and QSL cards will be delivered in November 2021.

An online logbook can be checked here

Source RAST

IARU Region 3 Conference documents

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Brazil's radio hams discuss online exams with regulator

Friday 30th July 2021

LABRE met again with ANATEL on July 2, 2021, to discuss issues related to online amateur radio exams

A translation of the LABRE post reads:

The numbers collected by LABRE through the Online Survey were presented regarding the demand for tests at the national level, organized by state and by intended class. ANATEL will, based on these numbers, carry out actions to try to reduce the deficit of exams.

LABRE suggested that a previous registry be created to facilitate access by interested parties and better organize the supply and demand for vacancies, so that each person would register in this registry and ANATEL would direct the vacancies offered to those registered, in a chronological manner, since today there is no accessible way of consulting or registering to fill these vacancies, and interested parties must make numerous attempts by accessing the SEC system and manually querying state by state.

ANATEL accepted LABRE's suggestions and will carry out internal consultations for the possible creation of this previous registry, possibly as early as August, within its operational conditions. LABRE offered to provide any assistance in this regard, since in the survey we have contacted by email hundreds of people interested in taking the exams. LABRE again presented to ANATEL the issue of the difficulty in the post-test, specifically for carrying out station licensing, which has proved to be the main problem for candidates, especially for the entry of new radio amateurs into our Service.

A new meeting to continue discussions on the topic is scheduled to take place in the coming weeks. LABRE will continue to cooperate with ANATEL to facilitate access to amateur radio and thus promote its growth throughout the national territory, as it has always done throughout its more than 87 years of existence.

Source LABRE

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Russian module mishap destabilises International Space Station

Friday 30th July 2021

BBC News report the International Space Station (ISS) was destabilised after engines of a newly-arrived Russian module inadvertently fired up, officials say.

Mission control teams corrected the action and all systems are operating normally," US space agency Nasa said

This was done by activating thrusters on another module of the ISS. An investigation is now under way.

US and Russian officials said that the seven crew members aboard the space station were never in any danger.

The malfunction happened several hours after Nauka module docked with the ISS on Thursday, following an eight-day flight

Nasa tweeted that "the module's thrusters started firing at 12:45pm ET (16:45 GMT) inadvertently and unexpectedly, moving the station 45 degrees out of attitude"

It added that "recovery operations have regained attitude" and that "the station is back in attitude control and is in good shape".

Communications with the ISS crew were lost for several minutes during the incident. However. they "really didn't feel any movement" as the space station pitched at half-a-degree a second.

The mishap forced Nasa and Boeing to push back an uncrewed test flight of Boeing's Starliner spacecraft to the ISS from 30 July to at least 3 August.

The 13m-long, 20-tonne Nauka was earlier attached to the rear of the orbiting platform, linking up with the other major Russian segments on the station.

The module should have launched in 2007, but the vessel suffered repeated slips in schedule, in part because of budget difficulties but also because engineers encountered a raft of technical problems during development.

Even after it launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan a week ago, it experienced propulsion issues that required workarounds from controllers in Moscow

In the end, however, it docked with the station on the planned date.

The new module will result in a significant boost in habitable volume for the ISS, raising it by 70 cubic metres.

Cosmonauts will use the extra space to conduct experiments and to store cargo. They'll also use it as a rest area, and it has another toilet for crew to use on the station.

Read the full BBC News article

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Preserving a Piece of History: Voice of America, Delano Relay DL-8

Friday 30th July 2021

Preserving a Piece of History: Voice of America, Delano Relay DL-8 will be presented by Dennis Kidder W6DQ at the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo coming August 14th and 15th.

For more information go to

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Radioberry - HF SDR Transceiver PI Hat

Friday 30th July 2021

Here we take a look at the Radioberry, a Radio PiHat for the Raspberry Pi design by Johan PA3GSB. The Radioberry is based on the successful Hermes Lite 2.

Purchase here:

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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 30th July 2021

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by EA4NF, 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.

MONTENEGRO, 4O. Alex, YU0W is QRV as 4O/YU0W/p from several SOTA peaks until August 8. Activity is on 40, 30 and 20 meters using CW. QSL to home call.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8. Look for Philippe, EA4NF to be QRV as EA8/EA4NF from Fuerteventura Island, IOTA AF-004, from August 1 to 14. Activity will be on the FM and Analog satellites from grids IL27, IL28, and IL38. QSL via LoTW.

FRENCH POLYNESIA, FO. Yann, F1SMB will be QRV as FO/F1SMB from August 2 to 23 from the locations Moorea, IOTA OC-046, Tahaa, IOTA OC-067, Bora Bora, IOTA OC-067, Tikehau, IOTA OC-066, Rangiroa, IOTA OC-066, and Fakarava, IOTA OC-066. Activity will be in his spare time on 40 and 20 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via operator's instructions.

SAINT MARTIN, FS. Hal, W8HC is QRV as FS/W8HC until August 6. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW and FT8. QSL via LoTW.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, HI. Max, HB9TUZ plans to be QRV as HI9/HB9TUZ from Las Terranas, IOTA NA-096, during the month of August. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB. QSL to home call.

THAILAND, HS. Members of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand are active as HS18IARU until September 30 to mark the 18th IARU Region 3 Conference 2021. QSL via E21EIC.

ITALY, I. Alberto, IU1KZX is QRV as IA5/IU1KZX/m from Elba Island, IOTA EU-028, until August 6. Activity is on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using SSB. QSL via bureau.

JAPAN, JA. Special event station 8J2SUSON is QRV until the end of 2021 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the city of Susono. QSL via bureau.

PERU, OA. Alex, DD5ZZ is QRV as OA7/DD5ZZ from Cusco until September 17. Activity is on the HF bands using SSB, FT8, FT4, and some CW. QSL via DD5ZZ.

ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA0. Operators Sergey, M0MSV, Daniil, R6LGT Andrey, R6MG, Vladimir, RN3BL, Sergey, RX3F and Eugene, RZ3EC are QRV as RI0FF from Turup Island, IOTA AS-025, until August 3. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters.
Afterwards they will travel to Sakhalin Island, IOTA AS-018, from August 4 to 6. QSL via RZ3EC.

MEXICO, XE. Special event station 4A2MAX is QRV during the month of August to honor the memory of Maximilian Kolbe. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and some digital modes. QSL direct to N5MEX.

UNITED KINGDOM SOVEREIGN BASE AREAS ON CYPRUS, ZC4. Phil, M7CBK is QRV as ZC4CBK from Akrotiri and plans to be QRV on a regular basis until October. Activity is on 20 meters using mainly FT8 and FT4. QSL via EB7DX.

The QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, Feld Hell Sprint, Russian World Wide Multimode Contest, WAB 144 MHz Low Power Phone, Missouri QSO Party and SARL HF Phone Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The K1USN Slow Speed CW Test is scheduled for August 2.

The RTTYOPS Weeksprint, ARS Spartan CW Sprint and Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest are scheduled for August 3.

The Phone Fray, CWops Mini-CWT Test, and VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest are scheduled for August 4.

Please see July QST, page 73, August QST, page 71, and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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Online Distance Learning Course for Full Exam

Thursday 29th July 2021

The popular Bath Based Distance Learning for the amateur radio Full exam is starting again in August. Bookings are being taken now

The Bath Based Distance Learning team (BBDL) helped nearly 800 students to pass the Advanced exam under the old syllabus. Between 2011 and 2019 over 28% of the total UK Advanced exam passes were BBDL students and the pass rate was over 80%, compared with a national average of 65%.  

The course will run from August to December 2021.  

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

There will be no charge for the training but applicants will need to work through a pre-course classroom and quiz to be eligible for a place.

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

The deadline for course applications is August 4. To request full details and an application form, please e-mail BBDL Team Leader, Steve, G0FUW, via g0fuw AT  

Bath Based Distance Learning

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

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

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

After your success, do consider coming along to the Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club for a few evenings (no charge), and I'm sure we will be able to convince you how fulfilling and rewarding being a member of a good club can be.  We have several new members who have joined recently achieving just that.  Due to the pandemic we are limited to currently holding weekly ZOOM meetings .. for more information contact our Secretary with details on our "Who to Contact" page.

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

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

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Tracking a package using the radio signal from an Apple AirTag

Thursday 29th July 2021

Apple AirTags support Bluetooth, NFC and UWB communications, recently Essex Ham posted one to themselves to see how good the Apple tracking network actually is

Watch the video and read the article at

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Using Your Smartphone on Shortwave

Thursday 29th July 2021

A highly capable HF Data Mode for Android Phones
By Evgeny Slodkevich, UA3AHM/OH5HM, and Dieter Kuckelkorn, DL1DBY

When going to an outdoor camping trip, we will find that in many parts of the world there is no cell phone service avail able in the back country. To make matters worse, in these areas there is almost never a VHF/UHF ham radio repeater in range when we need wide-area coverage. Apart from strictly local communications using VHF/UHF simplex radio, how do we send messages to friends and family over great distances? How do we call for help? A similar problem can even arise in an urban environment if a major disaster strikes like the break-down of the power grid.

In activities like back country trips in areas without cell phone coverage or in a widespread emergency with the loss of our normal means of communication we can use satellite phones, but this technology is very expensive, requires subscriptions and there is no guarantee that the complex infrastructure of satellite communications will work under all circumstances. The obvious solution for Ham Radio operators will be to switch to shortwave communication using battery operated radios and often NVIS modes of operation. NVIS stands for Near Vertikal Incidence Skywave, which means transmitting with special antennas straight up to communicate with other stations 30 km to 300 km (20 to 200 miles) away with low power – which would be the most useful communications distance if help is needed. We could use SSB voice communications, but this requires that the person we want to reach is sitting constantly at his or her radio to be able to receive the message. This can be a problem: In a real emergency we probably won’t have time for this. We could instead use capable digital modes with automatic message handling capabilities like JS8Call, but these require notebook computers or other complicated setups in the field which consume a lot of energy and can be difficult to recharge off-grid on a reliable basis.

Evgeny UA3AHM/OH5HM and Sergej UA9OV have developed another mode of digital shortwave communications, which aims to be easy to use, capable and – most importantly – friendly to the operator’s resources. Apart from a low power battery operated transceiver and a small digital interface, only an Android smartphone is needed, which can be recharged with cheap and readily available consumer-grade solar chargers. Evgeny and Sergej have created an app called “HFpager” which allows to use the smartphone’s sound chip to encode and decode audio signals in the SSB audio passband of the transceiver – similar to PC based modes like FT8 and JS8Call. It uses rates of transmission of 1.46, 5.86, 23.44 and 46.88 Baud. Modulation is 18-tone Incremental Frequency Shift Keying (IFSK) with forward error correcting Reed-Solomon code RS(15,7) and a superblock by 4 RS blocks with interleaving.

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Rare blue auroras

Thursday 29th July 2021

Last night, lunar photons got caught in a geomagnetic substorm, producing rare blue auroras over Canada.

Find out how the Moon can turn auroras blue on today's edition of

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Young people turn away from TV news to keep up to date online

Thursday 29th July 2021

Young people are significantly more likely to keep up with news using the internet, over TV and other sources, according to Ofcom’s annual news consumption report.

Nine in 10 younger people aged 16-24 (89%) follow news stories online, compared with under two-thirds (61%) who get their news from TV. It’s a similar picture among people from a minority ethnic background with 85% favouring internet news over TV news (69%).

Generally speaking, however, use of TV news held steady during the last year and, despite these exceptions, it remains the most popular news source among the general UK adult population (79%). The data indicates however that use of radio, print newspapers and the internet for news all declined year on year -falling by six, five and three percentage points respectively.

The study, News Consumption in the UK 2020/21, looks at how adults and older children (aged 12-15) in the UK consume news across television, radio, print, social media, podcasts, other internet sources and magazines.

Other findings from the research include:

- After TV (79%), the internet is the next most popular platform for news (used by 73% of people), followed by radio (46%). Over a third of adults (32%) get news from print newspapers. But, when combining traditional print with newspaper websites and apps, this increases to 49%.

- BBC One remains the most popular news source overall (62%). This was followed by ITV (46%) and Facebook (36%) although both saw declines in use for news since 2020 (from 49% and 40% respectively). Several other news sources also saw similar declines year on year – Channel 4 (26% to 24%), BBC Radio 2 (16% to 13%) and BBC Radio 1 (13% to 11%).

- When people were asked which of the main news sources is the most important to them, BBC One came out on top (19%) although this decreased from 22% of adults in 2020. The BBC website or app was selected as the next most valued news source – increasing in importance since 2020 (from 8% to 11%).

- Half of adults use social media (49%) and other non-social media websites and apps for news (49%). Younger people aged 16-24 are much more likely to consider social media platforms as their most important sources of news (36% compared with 14% for the average UK population). However, generally speaking, social media performs least well on measures such as importance, trustworthiness, range of opinions and impartiality.

- A fifth (19%) of UK adults use news aggregators, and 25% say they use search engines for news, a decline from 2020 (28%).

- Just under six in 10 12-15-year-olds (57%) say they are interested in news. They remain particularly interested in news about music (53%), followed by news about celebrities (45%), the environment (44%) and serious things happening in the UK (43%).

- Although BBC One and BBC Two remain the most-used (35%) and most important news sources (14%) among 12-15s, these channels have seen a significant reduction in use over the last year (down from 41%). In contrast, Sky News (19% to 24%), TikTok (11% to 22%) and WhatsApp (16% to 21%) are all used to access news more often than in 2020.

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ISS SSTV Aug 6-7 145.800 MHz FM

Wednesday 28th July 2021

Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are planning to transmit Slow Scan TV images on 145.800 MHz FM using the SSTV mode PD-120

The transmissions are part of the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment (MAI-75) and will be made from the amateur radio station RS0ISS in the Russian ISS Service module (Zvezda) using a Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver.

August 6, 2021 (Friday) from 10:50 GMT until 19:10 GMT*
August 7, 2021 (Saturday) from 09:50 GMT until 15:55 GMT*
*Dates and times subject to change.

The signal should be receivable on a handheld with a 1/4 wave whip. If your rig has selectable FM filters try the wider filter for 25 kHz channel spacing.

You can get predictions for the ISS pass times at


Useful SSTV info and links

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Online talk about UK Exam Syllabus

Wednesday 28th July 2021

This evening, Wednesday, July 28, Steve Hartley G0FUW is giving a Zoom talk about the 2019 Amateur Radio Exam Syllabus

The talk is hosted by the Bath and District Amateur Radio Club and is open to all.

It runs from 7:30-9pm BST (1830-2000 GMT) and will include a bit of history on the Radio Amateur Exam (RAE) going back to 1946.

Meeting ID and Passcode at this link

Bath Based Distance Learning Courses

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Last chance to register for Free Online Amateur Radio Training course

Wednesday 28th July 2021

There is still time to register for the next free amateur radio Foundation Online training course run by volunteers from Essex Ham that starts on August 1

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

You can find out more about online training and register to join a course at

Essex Ham

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Take Your Hamshack to Outer Space

Wednesday 28th July 2021

The next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo is ready to lift off on August 14-15, 2021 and we’ve loaded it with amazing speakers, content, prizes, networking, and exhibits. Anyone can attend from their home or office. Early bird discounts are now available at

Included in this Expo’s 90+ world-class speakers is an entire track dedicated to the astounding world of amateur satellite radio. With over 70 amateur satellites launched, any ham can take advantage of this unique facet of our hobby. At the Expo, you’ll learn and engage with satellite radio experts who will help you master the skills you need to make it happen. Plus advanced sessions to provide additional competencies to those already deep in satellite radio.

Our sessions include:

Adventures with Repeater Builder:
A Raspberry Pi based Multi-Mode Digital Voice Modem that gives new life to analog repeaters by allowing them to become digitally capable. Discover how it is used at ORI for M17 protocol space and terrestrial work. (Michelle Thompson, W5NYV)

Amateur Radio and Debris Mitigation:
How can open source help the amateur radio satellite service deal with new FCC regulations about Debris Mitigation in space? Come hear the good news and learn about innovative solutions. (Michelle Thompson, W5NYV)

Beacon in LEO:
AMSAT provides space enthusiasts with a DIY satellite development kit. Currently, this kit comes with a LoRa RFM 95 transceiver for transmitting data from the sensors. Our project is to piggy back the sensor section with a 6 cm or 3 cm band beacon. (Vidya Gopalakrishnan K4VGK)

BG0AUB's QO-100 Satellite QSO/DIY Journey:
BG0AUB, will present his QO-100 (Qatar Telecom Satellite) story, including how he got involved in this activity, gear development, and fun anecdotes of his QO-100 experiences. (Feng Zhao, BG0AUB)

DVBS2 Based Transponder Demo:
Get an engaging and practical demo of a DVBS2 Based Transponder along with answering all of your questions to apply it to your own hamshack. (Anshul Makkar)

Getting Started with Amateur Satellites:
Learn everything you need to know to get started with amateur radio satellites, with a focus on using equipment likely already in your hamshack. (Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK)

Portable Operating for Amateur Satellites:
Discover how to work with amateur radio satellites away from home. Includes discussion on the equipment used for portable operating, licensing issues, and other issues related to portable operating. (Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK)

At the Expo, you won’t spend a dime on travel! And your ticket allows you to return over the 30 day on-demand period after the Expo to listen to speakers you missed during the Live period, and spend more time exploring the exhibitor booths. (At our last Expo, attendees took advantage of this to watch almost 100,000 videos).

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio® in the United States, is a QSO Today Ham Expo Partner. FlexRadio is the Expo’s Platinum Sponsor and Gold sponsors are Elecraft and RFinder.

Save money and take advantage of early bird registration - go to now to get registered!

We look forward to having you join us at the Expo for an amazing and engaging experience.

PS: All QSO Today Expo attendees qualify for a free subscription to Microwave Journal, the leading RF and microwave technology magazine. Get your subscription now at 

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Ham radio on BBC Midlands TV

Wednesday 28th July 2021

On January 3, 2021, Jim Lee G4AEH a BBC Radio 4 announcer and newsreader from Nuneaton, was interviewed about amateur radio on the BBC TV Midlands Today show  

Watch BBC Ham Radio

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QSO Today - Antoine De Ramon NYeurt 3D2AG

Wednesday 28th July 2021

Antoine De Ramon NYeurt, 3D2AG, is one of three hams in paradise, who holds up the CW representation from Fiji, the largest Island in the South Pacific and the second largest island in the World next to Australia.

Antoine gave an excellent presentation last March at the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo about operating from Fiji and Rotuma, another island 600 KM North of Fiji.

3D2AG shares his Fiji and ham radio life in this QSO Today.

Listen to the podcast

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Radio infrastructure an important tool for Quesnel Search and Rescue

Wednesday 28th July 2021

Communication will be running smoothly for the Quesnel Search and Rescue (QSAR) after they teamed up with the Quesnel Amateur Radio Operators Society (QAROS) to replace a radio repeater destroyed by wildfire.

A new repeater housed in a C-can was placed on top of the remote Fishpot Mountain on Thursday, July 15, with the help of Cotter Hiab and Trucking. It replaces a previous shed building made up of a plywood exterior which burned to the ground in 2017.

“We have nothing more of it than some melted aluminium on its former resting spot,” said Bob Holowenko, who is a member of both groups.

“So we spent the last few years trying to coordinate funding and coordinating people power to get the unit up there eventually.”

Due to poor road conditions, the organizations believed they would have to find the funding to place the shelter by helicopter — a challenge especially during wildfire season.

Holowenko said Cotter Hiab, however, was willing to take on the somewhat tricky task.

“That road is sketchy at best, so they were able to maneuver their equipment up there to drop our shelter off, which is a huge milestone for us,” he said.

Approximately $20,000 was raised by QSAR and QAROS for the new repeater shelter from Prince George. The shelter is solar-operated and likely to withstand any future flames.

Other radio communication infrastructure made of steel or brick for the RCMP, forestry and B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure survived the 2017 blaze.

For QSAR, Holowenko said the new repeater shelter means they will have the ability to communicate with their searchers should they be tasked in the western area extending from the Bowron Lake Park Boundary to the Itcha Range.

“This gives us better repeater coverage out there,” he said.

“Obviously Nazko and area have been no stranger to natural disaster, so this gives us the ability that if we are on task out there, we are able to communicate amongst each other, vehicle to vehicle, and then vehicle back to town so that we have that extra layer of safety and communication/ coordination in the event something goes sideways.”

Read the full Quesnel Cariboo Observer article

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Send text messages over ham radio with the HamMessenger

Wednesday 28th July 2021

Ham radio, or amateur radio, is a hobby enjoyed by millions of enthusiasts around the world.
The FCC in the US and similar organizations in other countries provide amateur radio licenses that allow hobbyists to communicate on designated radio bands. Most ham radio operators communicate by voice, but ham radios can transmit other kinds of data. Dale Thomas built HamMessenger, which is a portable device that enables users to send text messages through their ham radios.

If you remember the early days of the internet, you have heard for yourself that audio can carry digital data. Dial-up internet uses a modem to transmit that audio through standard phone lines.

HamMessenger uses a similar methodology to encode a text message as audio. If someone listening on that frequency also has a HamMessenger device, they can decode the text message. Messages are not encrypted, so you shouldn’t use HamMessenger for sensitive information. But it’s a fun way to chat with your ham radio buddies.


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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 28th July 2021

Island activities:
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON

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

AS-025; R0F, Kuril'skiye Islands (Kuril Islands) South:
Sergey/M0MSV, Daniil/ R6LGT, Andrey/R6MG, Vladimir/RN3BL, Sergey/RX3F, and Eugene/RZ3EC activate Iturup Island (RRA RR-15-04) as RI0FF from July 28 until Aug. 3. They will operate on 160-10m. Afterwards they move on to Sakhalin Island (AS-018) for Aug. 4 to 6. QSL via ClubLog OQRS and via RZ3EC.

AS-066; R0L, Sea of Japan Coast group:
Maxim/RU5D, Gennady/R3BY, and Vitaly/R0MR will be signing R3RRC/0 and also their homecalls/0 from Furugelm Island (RRA RR-16-05, RFF-032, RDA PK-35, WW Loc: PN52KL) between July 31 and Aug. 4 on 40-10m (CW, SSB, FT8/4). QSL via RZ3EC.

AS-137; BY5, Zhejiang Province North group:
BI4MPY/5, run by BG0DHQ (CW, SSB), BI4MPY (CW, SSB), BH5HYB (SSB, DIG), BG5GDP (SSB), and BI6LQC (SSB) operates from Shengshan Island between the 3rd and 6th of August. QRV on 40, 20, 17, 15, and 6m on CW, SSB, and FT8. QSL via LoTW and via bureau.

EU-144; I*8, Calabria/ Basilicata Region group:
Depending on wx conditions, Roberto/IK8PGM plans to activate Cirella Island (IIA K001, WAIP CS) as ID8A on the 29th. QSL via IK8PGM (d/B).

EU-147; R1N, White Sea Coast group:
Watch out for Vasily/RA1ZZ/p and Igor/RA3AV/p activating 3 islands within the EU-147 group (80-10m on SSB and FT8). From the 29th to 31st they are on Parusnitsy Island (RRA RR-02-43), from July 31 to Aug. 2 on Osinka Island (RRA RR-02-43), concluding their trip on Razostrov Island (RRA RR-02-12) from Aug. 3 to 5. QSL via ClubLog OQRS.

EU-149; ES1/2/4, Tallinn & Harfumaa/ Virumaa County group:
Ed/ES2TT spends a short holiday on Aegna Island from July 29 until Aug. 3, signing ES2TT/1. QSL via homecall (d/B), eQSL.

NA-151; OX, Greenland's Coastal Islands South East:
Bo/OZ1DJJ returns to Greenland once more on a work trip. He plans to operate from Tasiilaq Island (WW Loc. HP15eo) as OX3LX from July 28 until Aug. 14. QSL via OZ0J.

OC-046; FO, Windward Islands; OC-066; FO, Tuamotu Archipelago; OC-067; FO, Leeward Islands: Yann/F1SMB will be operating during spare time hours as FO/F1SMB on 40 and 20m (SSB, FT8) between Aug. 2 and 23 from the following islands: Tahiti, Moorea (OC-046), Tahaa (OC-067), Bora Bora (OC-067), Tikehau (OC-066), Rangiroa (OC-066), Fakarava (OC-066). QSL for SSB QSOs via F1SMB (d/B) and eQSL, FT8 only via eQSL.

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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AM1SAT International Award

Tuesday 27th July 2021

From September 13-19 AM1SAT will be active on the amateur radio satellites from a number of locations in Spain, diplomas will be available for contacting the stations

A translation of the URE post reads:

AMSAT-EA will celebrate in September, coinciding with the IberRadio Fair organized by URE in Ávila and which is the largest meeting point for radio amateurs in Spain and Portugal, the third edition of its International Competition and AM1SAT Award.

To do this, AMSAT-EA operators will be in the air on all available satellites with the callsign AM1SAT between the 13th and 19th of that month, activating a minimum of 14 different locations.

As part of this activity and to encourage participation, the SILVER and GOLD classifications will be available, as well as a trophy  for the one who achieves the greatest number of grids and for the one who manages to work the greatest number of different satellites.

In the last edition of the contest held in 2019, 727 QSOs  were made, awarding 10 gold  and 28 silver diplomas. The trophies for the best grid and satellite 'hunter' were awarded to F4DXV and EA3CAZ.

The rules in English for this year's contest can be found at

Source URE

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Phones, Fires and Failures

Tuesday 27th July 2021

Phones, Fires and Failures will be presented by Alan Thompson W6WN at the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo coming August 14th and 15th.

For more information go to

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QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Build-a-thon kits

Tuesday 27th July 2021

Rex Harper, W1REX, called the Expo office to remind us that if you want to participate in his two 'build-a-thons' at the Expo, your kits need to be ordered immediately to have them in time for the Expo weekend. The supply chain issues that affect the electronics and the automotive industries also affect kit parts for the build-a-thon.

There are the two kit project build-a-thons:
Click here

Order your kits today by clicking on the Order Kit Now buttons under the pictures in the link.
These kits are provided directly from Rex's company and not from the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo.

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Satellite presentation for YOUR Club

Tuesday 27th July 2021

The AMSAT Ambassador program brings the excitement of working amateur radio satellites to YOUR club!

"I really enjoyed Clint’s presentation last night. The fact that he had taken the time to research and know something about his audience and welcomed interaction made it very informative and enjoyable. This was a refreshing change from many canned YouTube presentations I’ve tried to watch, which were poorly done, fuzzy video or muddy audio, or a badly prepared presenter stumbling his way through, with any valuable info lost along the way. Thanks for hooking this one up.”

Think a 90-minute informative and FUN Zoom presentation on getting started working the ham satellites would be appropriate for your club?

I have dates set for these locales in the next few weeks …

New Jersey
Central New Hampshire
North Carolina
Conejo Valley CA
Sonoma County CA
Antelope Valley CA

Let me know if your club may be interested!

Clint Bradford K6LCS

AMSAT Ambassador; ARRL instructor

Email: clintbradford AT mac DOT com
(909) 999-SATS (7287) - voicemail/message

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New licensing proposals to support satellite broadband sector

Tuesday 27th July 2021

Ofcom has published proposals to change the way it licenses certain satellite systems.

A number of new satellite broadband networks are currently being developed, which use Non-Geostationary Satellite Orbit (NGSO) systems to connect people to the internet – particularly those in hard-to-reach areas.

NGSO systems are more sophisticated than earlier satellite broadband networks. Rather than ground equipment pointing at a single satellite to connect people, NGSO networks can involve thousands of satellites orbiting the Earth, which satellite dishes need to track as they move across the sky.

While this can potentially bring faster speeds to customers, it can be more complex for different NGSO satellite operators to agree how to operate their networks without them interfering with each other. So, to help support competition in this market and protect the quality of the service customers receive, we are proposing changes to the licensing process for NGSO systems.

This includes new checks on potential interference between networks; and publishing licence applications we receive, so other interested parties have an opportunity to raise any interference or competition concerns. The changes would also require different networks to co-operate with each other on technical matters to avoid risk of disruption to their services, under the conditions of their licence.

We recognise the importance of these new services to the wider space sector, and will be publishing our Space Sector Spectrum Strategy this autumn. This will not affect the proposals published today.

We welcome responses to our NGSO licensing proposals by 20 September 2021

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IRTS News broadcast on 4 metre band

Tuesday 27th July 2021

The East Leinster Amateur Radio Club, EI0EL, having successfully completed their monthly pilot of the IRTS News Broadcast on 4 Metres continue their monthly broadcasts.

Their next broadcast will be on Sunday next August 1st at 10.30am local time on a frequency of 70.400MHz FM.

The club will continue their portable operation and the news will be read by Frank EI8HIB from Kippure.
A new 10m telescopic portable mast will be in use for the first time.

The club would like to thank all callers but especially those who get out and operate mobile to call in to the service.


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Irish Radio Transmitters Society statement

Monday 26th July 2021

Following the disclosure on Facebook that 5 people had resigned from the IRTS Committee and 2 from the Licence Examination Board the IRTS has issued a statement

The IRTS Committee is extremely disappointed with a Facebook post during the week referencing Committee member resignations.

We cannot understand why a now former Committee member, would think it appropriate to announce resignations on a public forum, particularly as the members concerned had not had the opportunity to reconsider their resignations, per due process. Putting this information into the public domain, before the Committee had any opportunity to inform the IRTS membership of the situation, is completely unacceptable. Such behaviour shows a complete lack of respect for the IRTS and its membership. These actions were not carried out with the best interests of the IRTS in mind.

While there have been some resignations from the IRTS Committee, the remaining members are committed to resolving the issues which led to those resignations. Work is now also underway to fill those positions. Despite a spurious report to the contrary, the IRTS is alive and well and continues to function as normal.

We would also like to make it clear that the Committee continues to have a quorum as per Rule 9.2, despite a suggestion to the contrary. The existing Committee and Officers are giving their time and effort on a voluntary basis, to progress the society, and provide the best services and representation for its membership. The Committee would like to ask the membership to once again stand behind the IRTS, support this good work, and engage in a constructive and meaningful way, as you have done for many years.

A new Examination board has just been put in place and is actively continuing the good work already started by the previous exam board. The exam board continues to monitor Government guidelines regarding the hosting of the HAREC exam, and are exploring all options available, in compliance with our obligations to ComReg. The new Exam Board will be communicating with the exam candidates shortly on this matter.

A full statement regarding the matter will be communicated to all IRTS members as soon as due process and consideration has been given to those committee members who have tendered their resignations.


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IRA resolve 2.4 GHz TX issue and contact St Helena

Monday 26th July 2021

Iceland's national amateur radio society, the IRA, have resolved the issue with their 2.4 GHz transmitter and TF3IRA is now active on the QO-100 geostationary satellite

A translation of the IRA post reads:

Earlier this summer, when the TF3IRA telecommunication room was put into operation after the closure due to the epidemic, it was revealed that the company's satellite station transmitted too little power at 2.4 GHz. A general fault analysis was performed and it was most likely that there was a fault in the SMA connection to the GHz antenna (outside the antenna dish).

As the company's 75th anniversary is approaching, it was decided that it would no longer be possible to wait for repairs and people came to Skeljanes today, Sunday, July 25 to work on the station. To put it bluntly, the previous fault diagnosis turned out to be correct, and after replacing the cables outside the antenna dish and adjusting the equipment at the station.

TF3IRA became a QRV around five o'clock. And 15 minutes later, ZD7GWM was contacted at St. Helena Island in the South Atlantic.

Best thanks to Ara Þórólfur Jóhannesson TF1A and Georg Kulp TF3GZ for taking the time to rebuild the QRV social network via the QO-100 satellite.

Source IRA

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First Capitol Amateur Radio activation

Monday 26th July 2021

In association with the August 2021 celebration of the Missouri State Bicentennial (, there will be a first-ever amateur radio activation of Missouri's First Capitol State Historic Site on August 10th.
For more information on amateur or 'ham' radio, the ARRL - The national association for amateur radio - provides an informative Web site at:

Background -- The original building served as Missouri's capitol from 1821 to 1826 and is located on the west bank of the Missouri River. The site is part of the St. Charles Historic District in the city's River-front neighborhood and is adjacent to Frontier Park from where Lewis and Clark launched their Corps of Discovery Expedition in August of 1803. The address of the First Capitol is 200 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO.

More information about the First Capitol is available at ( and a data sheet about the park is available at

Amateur Radio Activity
An amateur radio station operated by the St. Charles Amateur Radio Club (SCARC) using the call sign K0B (K Zero B) will be active on the First Capitol site on August 10th. (The schedule of operation will be announced as the date gets closer.) The First Capitol site also qualifies for the national Parks On the Air program (POTA - with the identifier K-3349. Additional POTA-style activations from both the First Capitol site and from the adjacent Frontier Park are possible on other dates depending on weather and operator availability. While in operation, an operator will be available to answer questions.

Operating Plan for Hams -- K0B will be active on SSB (voice), CW (Morse code), and FT8 (digital data) on shortwave HF (80-10 meters) and 6 meters, and on 2 meter FM simplex (voice) on August 10th from the First Capitol site. K0B will also be active from the annual SCARC hamfest and flea market on August 8th and from SCARC member stations at varying times from August 7th through August 15th. An operating schedule will be posted on the SCARC Facebook page ( and updated as more information becomes available.

All contacts will be confirmed via the ARRL's Logbook of the World (LOTW - A special paper QSL and a downloadable PDF certificate will be available - watch the SCARC Facebook page for more information as we get closer to the activation date.

The Mid-MO Amateur Radio Club, K9ZTV, will be active using the callsign W0M (W Zero M) from August 7th-10th and other Missouri clubs may also be active to commemorate the bicentennial. A listing of special callsigns and information about them is available at ( The Missouri QSO Party on July 31st and August 1st, ( will also feature special
callsigns and rare counties.

Contact Information -- For more information, see the SCARC Facebook page ( The press release author (Ward Silver, N0AX) may be contacted at ( The SCARC president (Carl Jansson, AE0CJ) is available via ( Additional information will be available via the SCARC website,
(, closer to the activation date.


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Transatlantic Cable Anniversary

Monday 26th July 2021

As part of the anniversary celebrations of the Transatlantic Cable on Tuesday 27th July, between Valentia Cable station and the Hearts Content Cable station in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, the Kerry Amateur Radio Group EI1K will continue the tradition of making HF QSO's with their friends at VO1TAC (TransAtlanticCable).

In July 1866, the first permanent telegraph cable connecting Europe and North America was hauled ashore at Heart's Content and connect to Valentia.

Please keep a listen for VO1TAC and give them a call from EI...


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Ham radio to aid in cyclone relief in the Sunderbans

Monday 26th July 2021

The Hindu newspaper reports local youth in the Sunderbans are being given amateur radio training to assist in disaster preparedness

The report says:

In the last week of May hours before cyclone Yaas made landfall in northern coastal Odisha and battered coastal West Bengal, Ambarish Nag Biswas VU2JFA, secretary of the West Bengal Radio Club (Amateurs Club), got a call from a senior bureaucrat about deployment of some HAM radio operatives in Purba Medinipur district, where the maximum damage was expected. Mr. Biswas said it was difficult for the operators who had already positioned themselves in different areas to move to Purba Medinipur.

Communication turns out to be a major challenge during the cyclones and particularly in the Sunderbans with more than 50 inhabited islands located in remote areas — some of them at the mouth of the Bay of Bengal. They remain cut off often for days. The State had in the past three years faced four tropical cyclones, Fani (May 2019) , Bulbul (November 2019), Amphan ( May 2020) and Yaas ( May 2021) and on all occasions the administration had to wait for connection to be restored to assess damage and send relief.

A few months after Yaas, Mr. Nag Biswas got a call from the district administration of the South 24 Parganas to train local youths from the Sunderbans in operating Ham Radio sets. This was to augment the community-based disaster preparedness of the region.

Accordingly, training of 60 volunteers mostly residing in the Sunderbans has started earlier this month.

Read the full story at

West Bengal Radio Club

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160m - Activity in Brazil (PY) in the last two weekends of August

Monday 26th July 2021

Dear OM
I would like to advise all hams around the world to an intense activity in all bands, 80 and 160 meters in particular, on the last two weekends of the month of August due to the CVA Contest.

CW - 2100Z, Aug 21 to 2100Z, Aug 22, 2021
SSB - 2100Z, Aug 28 to 2100Z, Aug 29, 2021

It will be the 62nd edition of the CVA Contest which is organized by the School of Communications of the Brazilian Army.

For the first time the Top Band will be used in the CVA Contest which is causing an intense activity in the 160m never seen before among the Brazilian Hams.

I believe it will be a good opportunity for DX stations to work in different Brazilian states for the WAB (Worked All Brazil) diploma as well as different special prefixes that are usually present in this contest.


The CVA Contest is built into the N1MM Contest Software

We put QRV for any further questions.

Best Regards

Alisson PR7GA

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SOTA activator all at sea!

Sunday 25th July 2021

Tom Read M1EYP, a prominent SOTA - Summits on the Air activator from Macclesfield, Cheshire, is suddenly experiencing a significant change to his portable operating habits.

Tom, who with 3551 summit activations to his name over 19 years, is the world’s most experienced SOTA activator, has commenced work as a professional musician on board Saga’s brand new cruise ship Spirit of Adventure.

Tom has taken his trusty FT-817 and an Alexloop antenna, and has secured the enthusiastic permission of the Master of the Vessel, Captain Kim Tanner.  Tom will operate from his cabin balcony, but Captain Tanner has urged him to also operate from the public decks, believing the activity to be something that would be of great interest to the guests.

Tom’s SOTA activities will now obviously be restricted to chasing, but look out for M1EYP/MM, possibly with the addition of some CEPT prefixes, from this brand new luxury boutique cruise ship.

The itineraries include around Britain and Ireland, the Baltic, Mediterranean, Adriatic and Canaries.  Tom will be active from the Saga Spirit of Adventure until mid November 2021 on 40m to 10m, and using CW, SSB and FT4/FT8.  There may be some local 2m FM as well.

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IARU Monitoring Co-ordinatior to stand down

Sunday 25th July 2021

Hi all this is Phil VK2CPR, I hope you are all keeping well in these difficult times.

Peter Young VK3MV has been the IARU Monitoring Co-ordinatior for many years. He has given notice to the WIA Board that he wishes to relinquish that position. Peter has offered to assist the incoming coordinator to get established.

In July 2021 the secretary advertised for expressions of interest from WIA members that may be interested in taking on that role.

WIA Representation at IARU Region 3

Peter has also advised that he has stepped down as a Director of IARU Region 3. He will not be renominating as a Director. Any licenced amateur that is a WIA member may nominate in the ballot to be a Director at the forthcoming triannual conference in September with an endorsement from the WIA. Peter is happy to participate as a delegate on behalf of the WIA to assist the WIA in the proceedings. The WIA may delegate others to participate and we would suggest that this should be a minimum of three delegates to cover all the proposed working groups.

The WIA has the option of submitting papers to the conference:
these may include information papers on activities, technical matters; suggested changes to the Region 3 constitution, changes to the Region 3 Band plans, Awards, organisational structure, youth development or other matters relevant to the IARU within Region 3.

The WIA may nominate persons to act as coordinators for its various activities; This is a good way forward for a person to assist the IARU and gain a profile to seek further office in the future.

Cheers and 73 this is Phil VK2CPR

Source: Wireless Institute of Australia

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Swiss radio amateurs study proposed legislation

Sunday 25th July 2021

Switzerland's national amateur radio society the USKA is concerned about the impact on radio amateurs of proposed legislative changes

A translation of the USKA website post reads:

On June 16, 2021, a member drew the USKA's attention to a notice from the federal government with the text, which was alarming for us, “Foreign websites that sell radio systems or electrical devices to Swiss customers will have to go through an intermediary from mid-July 2021 in Switzerland.”

As a result, from now on it would no longer be permissible to import all types of «electrical equipment» directly from (non-EU) countries as before (= without an “intermediary”). Not only for radio amateurs, but for all residents of Switzerland.

This notification probably comes from SECO, since trade policy, including the so-called MRA, is the exclusive responsibility of this State Secretariat.

After some research, we managed to shed some light on the darkness: The federal administration is currently conducting a consultation process on this topic (2021/53). The main issue here is whether the EU's new “Market Surveillance Regulation” (2019/1020 EU) should also be “applicable” (quote) in Switzerland. Its main purpose is to build up trade barriers to all countries that are not members of the EU. And enforce with all state power these so-called "non-tariff trade barriers".

In the area of product law, SECO voluntarily submitted to numerous EU directives in some (not all) foreign trade areas years ago. How useful this really is was recently called into question again in the public discussion on the “Framework Agreement”, justifiably also because the EU is increasingly violating our legal system.

For us radio amateurs, the RED directive 2014/53 / EU is relevant and the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35 / EU of the EU. As in the previous version, the RED guideline largely exempts R & TTE radio amateurs from so-called “conformity assessments” (Appendix 1, page 34, paragraph 1). Radio amateurs have so far been able to purchase innovative devices and components around the world and import them into Switzerland. This is part of the freedom to experiment, which is an indispensable pillar of our hobby: We also build devices and systems ourselves, using any hardware and software that we evaluate and procure worldwide. Would this good practice be generally banned in Switzerland ?, not only we radio amateurs, but all research and development activities in business, educational institutions and thus the entire economy would lose a lot of innovative power and suffer massive damage as a result. Because: It is well known that the technology leaders are not the EU, but the USA, PR China, UK, South Korea, Japan, and in individual cases also “emerging countries”.

However, there is currently a risk from the aforementioned “Market Surveillance Ordinance”. This does not apply in Switzerland, at least not yet. It is not part of the above-mentioned EU directives, but aims to implement and enforce EU trade interests in Switzerland with repressive measures of all kinds. The 44-page ordinance is so incomprehensible that its arbitrary interpretation promotes arbitrariness. It disregards the high Swiss demands for legal security.

The federal government is currently conducting a consultation on amendments to ordinances in the area of “electrical appliances” (2021/53). In order to be able to create a high-quality consultation petition from the USKA, we have submitted a catalog of questions to the agency designated by the federal government. In addition, we coordinate with foreign national associations of radio amateurs within the EU.

It is a matter of emphatically defending the radio amateurs' previous ownership of freedom to experiment and thus also to import freedom. This is of strategic importance to us and affects several federal departments, especially WBF (State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, Innosuisse, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO), FDFA, DDPS, DETEC.

We wait for the answer, then specify the consultation response and have it approved by the board of the USKA before we submit it within the deadline.

Willi Vollenweider HB9AMC, Head of Political Lobbying at USKA

Political lobbying

The USKA Political Lobbying team deals with political processes in our area of interest. Among other things, it drafts opinions in the consultation process and checks the submission of proposals to the federal parliament and its commissions. The team advises the board of directors of the USKA in political matters and submits this application.

This department is expressly not concerned with the regular specialist contacts of any kind to various federal authorities, which are usually very satisfactory on a technical, non-political level. Our team is not a permanent commission, but is put together ad hoc by people interested in the respective topic, and can be expanded at any time. The last time the team was “on a large scale” when it came to introducing an antenna article for radio amateurs into the Telecommunications Act. All elaborations are carried out in a team. Political lobbying is practically the “long range radar” of Swiss amateur radio politics.

USKA post

USKA site in English

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IARU-R1: COVID-19 situation and YOTA activities

Sunday 25th July 2021

The IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group has issued an update on amateur radio youth activities planned for 2021

The post on the IARU-R1 site says:

Despite the COVID-19 situation having improved over the past few months on a global scale, the development and dynamics of the pandemic remain unpredictable. The same unpredictability goes for regulations regarding the pandemic, which in many cases severely limit the ability to hold in-person events with international participants.

To deal with the pandemic situation, an event cancellation policy was introduced earlier this year (, which introduced a four month deadline for a go/no-go decision for in-person events. This four month deadline has however turned out to be slightly too far into the future for a reliable prediction.

Accordingly, the IARU R1 Youth WG, in collaboration with the IARU R1 Executive Committee, has made the following arrangement:

Youth events scheduled within 2021 will remain in the calendar for the time being. We, the IARU R1 Youth WG, will review the forecast evolution of the pandemic sufficiently prior to each event and make an announcement about whether it will take place. Generally this will be three months prior to the scheduled date. Those planning to attend should thus have sufficient time to make the necessary bookings and travel arrangements.

IARU Region 1’s intent is to ensure that any events which take place do so in an environment which respects national requirements for pandemic control and which does not place at risk the health and well-being of those participating.

The IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group


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Olympic Games - JA1TOKYO is on the air

Sunday 25th July 2021

On July 16 JARL opened the special commemorative station 'JA1 TOKYO' in Nishitokyo City, Tokyo, to commemorate the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games being held from July 23

After the opening ceremony of "JA1TOKYO", an operator in charge was assigned to each band for active operation.

In the evening, a member of Japan's House of Representatives Hirohiko Izumida 7K1KJK, who is an amateur radio operator and a member of JARL, attended the venue and operated the station in the 7 MHz band.

The station will be active until September 5.

Source JARL

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The SARL HF Contests in August

Sunday 25th July 2021

The aim of the HF Contests is for participants to contact as many radio amateurs in Southern Africa as possible on the 20, 40 and 80 m bands. The contest takes place over three Sundays in August.

The phone contest on 1 August, the digital contest on 15 August and the CW contest on 29 August and the scoring has changed - one point for a phone QSO; 1½ points for a digital QSO and 2 points for a CW QSO.
The HF Phone contest runs from 14:00 to 17:00 UTC (16:00 to 19:00 CAT) on Sunday 1 August 2021.

The exchange is a RS report and a consecutive serial number starting at 001. You can participate as a Single Operator Single Radio - Single Band or a Single Operator Single Radio - All Band station with the overlays ‘Young Lady’ and ‘Youth.’ You and fellow amateurs or your Club can participate as a Multi Operator Single Band or a Multi Operator All Band station.

Submit your log in ADIF, Cabrillo or MS Excel spreadsheet by 23:59 CAT on Friday 6 August 2021 by e-mail to

Get all the rules on page 86 of the 2021 Blue Book. 

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Call for Internal Review over Ofcom's handling of FoI

Sunday 25th July 2021

Ofcom were asked the date when they changed published policy on re-issuing Amateur Radio call signs but their answer was unsatisfactory and an internal review has been requested

Ofcom were originally asked:

- Please list the Date when Ofcom changed published policy on re-issuing Amateur radio call signs.

- Previously the RA, then Ofcom would only permit a previously issued call sign to be given to another amateur or a club, with written permission from the previous holder or the Previous holders Family. This was Policy for a number of years

Ofcom replied:

"We are unaware that Ofcom has ever applied a policy that a radio station call sign may be assigned only with the consent of another party."

Ofcom's reply was surprising since their own website contained a policy statement dated May 31, 2006, regarding transfer of call signs, this policy can be seen at

The Ofcom Amateur Radio information page appears to give no indication of changes made to this policy in the past 15 years

Report on the original FoI request

Request for an Internal Review into handling of FoI

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EI0HQ in IARU Contest

Sunday 25th July 2021

The Irish Radio Transmitters Society report a team of 15 IRTS members operated the society's headquarters station call sign EI0HQ in the International Amateur Radio Union HF World Championship last weekend.

The EI0HQ team logged more than 5,000 QSOs on the 6 HF contest bands, split approximately 50:50 between CW and SSB.

Thanks to all who put the callsign on the air.

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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 24th July 2021

How are contests scored?

The essential purpose of an amateur radio contest is to get on air and make noise. Each contest has a set of rules on how they intend to achieve this. An integral part of the rules is the idea that you establish a contact, a QSO, with another station and exchange some predefined information. Likely the callsign, a signal report and often something else, a serial number, the age of the operator, a maidenhead locator or the CQ or ITU zone. I'll race past the discussion around sending 5 and 9 as a standard signal report and move right along.

To validate your activity, you record this information in a log and after the contest has concluded, you share your log with the contest organiser who collates and processes the submitted logs to determine a winner. As a participant you look for your callsign on the results page and if you're lucky you get some form of trophy, a certificate, a plaque, or more often than not, a PDF. An amateur radio contest is not a particularly high stakes competition.

Recently I asked a group of contesters a question: "How do you learn why a QSO was excluded from your score?" I asked because one of the eight contacts I managed during a recent contest was disallowed, leaving me with an unexplained discrepancy between my log and the results. I will note that this entry didn't affect my ranking, I won my category, mainly because I was the only entrant - hah!

Depending on whom you ask, this is either a simple or a complex question.

The simple explanation states that if the contact isn't in the log of both stations it's not a valid contact. This interpretation was extremely popular in the group I asked.

It was not the only answer I received.

When I spoke with individual contesters they came up with different answers to my original question.

For example, if I log everything right, if I'm using a serial number, the number increments each time and my log shows that, then my log entry should be valid, even if the other station didn't log it correctly. Note that I said log, not copy, as-in, they repeated back what I gave them, but logged it incorrectly.

I also wondered what would happen if I was using a club-station callsign and accidentally called CQ with my own callsign and a station logged that callsign instead of the club-station. Should they be penalised because they logged what was actually exchanged?

There's more.

For example, what happens if the times are not identical? Based on the simple explanation, this would not be a valid contact, so you would not get recognition for this exchange and in some contests an invalid contact will produce a penalty to both stations.

Another variation to the simple answer occurs if the contest organiser doesn't receive a log for every station and as a result, some contests set a maximum number of contacts for stations without logs.

All this came within the context of attempting to discover how log validation happens, who decides what's valid and what rules are used. During my group conversation, two contest managers shared how they scored their particular contests and showed that they attempted to award the benefit of doubt to each station. One decided after the discussion to change their interpretation to the simple explanation I've already looked at.

I wanted to know if there was any standard and other than pointing vaguely in the direction of a few large contests, I didn't actually manage to find any definitive discussion on how this works, if it's universal, which I suspect it isn't, and if it changes over time, which I know it does.

The largest annual contest is the CQ World-Wide. In a 2012 blog post the contest committee discusses the time window of a contact and explains that they allow a 15 minute window, so as long as both contacts agree within 15 minutes, the QSO is allowed. That post also pointed out that if the time for one station was out by 45 minutes, none of their contacts would be allowed and anyone who made contact with that station would by implication get a penalty.

Clearly there are variations on how this is handled.

I asked if there is validation software for logs that checks this and if that software is open source so others can look at how decisions are made and see how these evolve over time. Is there an arbitration that goes beyond the standard phrasing in most contests: "The decision of the contest committee is final."

I was told that this wasn't necessary and I should focus on more practice. I beg to differ. I've been contesting for a decade now, I have plenty of winning certificates on my wall. I'd like to improve my skill and I'd like to learn why and how my contacts are disallowed and I'd like others to be able to do the same.

Log checking software is written by humans who interpret the rules and write software to conform to those rules. In order to see what rules are in place and to validate that, the source of that software must in my opinion be open and transparent.

As a community we sit at the boundary between professional communications and a hobby and we often use the idea and concepts of a contest to argue that this is the best way to hone skills and to make you a better operator in case of an emergency, but if you cannot actually learn from your mistakes, if there is no discussion on how decisions are made, if there's nothing beyond simple answers, then are we really striving for improvement or just set in our ways?

For the record, I think that if a contest log is off by 45 minutes throughout the entire log, software should pick that up, award the contacts and point out the mistake to the person who didn't set their clock correctly, especially since time is not exchanged during any contest I know. I also think that if a station logged what was actually said, there is room for that to be considered a valid exchange, but then I've only been an amateur contester for a decade, so I have plenty to learn.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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ARRL announces leadership changes in the Central Division

Saturday 24th July 2021

ARRL Central Division Director Kermit Carlson, W9XA, has stepped down as Central Division Director. Carlson made the announcement at the July 2021 Board of Directors meeting this past weekend.
Vice Director Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, has acceded to the Director's chair, and ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has appointed Brent Walls, N9BA, to succeed Luetzelschwab as the Central Division Vice Director.

An ARRL Life Member, Walls served as Indiana Section Manager from 2016 until 2018. Active in ARES, he is a former ARRL Indiana Section Emergency Coordinator and also served as Marion County, Indiana, Emergency Coordinator. He is an ARRL VEC volunteer examiner.

Carlson served both as Vice Director and then Director of the Central Division for a total of 12 years. He said his resignation stemmed from "an intractable conflict" between Board and family obligations that would impinge upon his travel on behalf of ARRL."It would be impossible to maintain the level of in-person engagement with the Members that I believe is essential," Carlson said.

Carlson said his "most challenging and rewarding experiences" include the 11 years as Chair of the Electromagnetic Compatibility Committee (EMC) and his recently concluded term as the chair of the ARRL CEO Search Committee. He will continue to chair the EMC.


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FCC signals FM CB will be permitted on 27 MHz

Saturday 24th July 2021

63 years after the introduction of Class D 27 MHz AM CB Radio the FCC has agreed to permit FM to be used

From FCC Memorandum Opinion and Order on Reconsideration WT Docket No. 10-119, issued July 15, 2021:

What the Memorandum Opinion and Order on Reconsideration Would Do:

• Grant Cobra’s Petition requesting that the Commission allow FM as an optional modulation scheme for all existing 40 CB Radio Service channels (with AM remaining mandatory).

• Grant Motorola’s Petition requesting that the Commission allow automatic or periodic location and data transmissions in the GMRS and FRS. The Commission’s rules currently permit the transmission of location information and brief text messages initiated by a manual action and automatic responses of location information.

• Grant Medtronic’s Petition requesting the correction of typographical errors and rule changes in the Part 95 Personal Radio Services Rules Report and Order that inadvertently altered the substance of the Medical Device Radiocommunications Service (MedRadio) rules

The FCC say:

After considering this additional information, we conclude that allowing manufacturers to add FM as an optional modulation scheme will not substantially change the fundamental nature of the CB Radio Service and will improve the user experience, as described by Cobra and President. How people use the service will not materially change or be expanded. Further, Cobra states that AM is a “well established” operating mode that is unlikely to disappear, even if we permit operations in FM mode.

Continuing to mandate AM capability while permitting dual modulation will provide benefits to CB radio users who will have an additional modulation option, while maintaining the basic character of the service.

The addition of FM as a permitted mode will not result in additional interference because users who hear unintelligible audio on a particular channel can simply select another channel or switch modes.

Read FCC Memorandum Opinion and Order on Reconsideration WT Docket No. 10-119

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Alpha Capricornid meteor shower

Saturday 24th July 2021

If you see a slow fireball in the midnight sky next week, it's probably an alpha Capricornid.

The annual shower, which comes from Comet 169P/NEAT, is about to peak with 5 to 9 bright meteors per hour. Some researchers believe the "alpha Caps" could one day turn into an annual meteor storm.

Full story @

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ARRL Board of Directors creates Emergency Communications and Field Services Committee

Saturday 24th July 2021

At its just-concluded July 2021 meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors approved By-Law changes creating a third Standing Committee that joins the existing Administration and Finance Committee and Programs and Services Committee.

The charter of the new Emergency Communications and Field Services Committee (EC-FSC) is to develop and recommend new or modified Board policy and programs for emergency communications through the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) and National Traffic System™ (NTS™) entities.

The committee also will offer enhanced support for its Field Organization leadership volunteers, including Section Managers, and an increased focus on ARRL-Affiliated Clubs.

The EC-FSC will further provide guidance to the CEO in translating Board policy into prioritized tasking, funding, and staffing of programs, services, and training in support of amateur radio emergency communications, field organization volunteers, and recruitment and retention of new and existing members through assistance to Affiliated and Special Service Clubs.

The EC-FSC will have additional responsibility for monitoring and assessing trends in emergency communications technology and participant skills worldwide, and for identifying “best practices” for voluntary emergency communications provided by ARES and NTS, coordinating and cooperating with other amateur radio national societies as appropriate. — Thanks to The ARES Letter


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DATV repeater, VK3RTV now on the air

Saturday 24th July 2021

WIA News report that Amateur Radio Victoria's DATV Repeater, VK3RTV commenced high definition television transmissions on Thursday 15th July with a two channel multi-plexed downlink using the DVB-T2 protocol.

It is believed that this is a first in Australia.

The system uplinks are on 1246, 1255 and 1278 MHz. using either high definition DVB-S2 or standard definition DVB-S. All video trunking is via HDMI with the exception of the Media Box which generates the local callsigns and information. This will be converted to a HD version on the near future.

DVB-T2 is a second generation protocol with many enhancements over DVB-T. Stations are reporting increased ease of reception and one station, VK3GMZ is accessing and receiving the system via knife edge diffraction over Mount Dandenong. Very high quality pictures are being seen which can be viewed on larger television sets. Small print is easily read.

The two multiplexed channels, VK3RTV1 and VKRTV2 are also streamed via the British Amateur Television Club.

As this is a new protocol to Australia only Set Top Boxes which are DVB-T2 enabled can be used to receive VK3RTV.

The conversion was funded by members of the Melbourne Amateur Television Group.

The annual DATV QSO Party is scheduled for Friday 27th August and Saturday 28th August which may now include additional Repeaters in the USA. The principle is that DATV Stations transmit to their local Repeaters and a local Anchor ports the signal internationally.

More details of this event will follow in subsequent broadcasts.


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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Saturday 24th July 2021

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Saturday, 17th July, through Saturday, 24th July there were 201 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS,
FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JT, JW, JY,

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

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZL7, 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"


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Cuba jamming Ham Radio? Listen for yourself

Friday 23rd July 2021

A public SDR network triangulates the island as the source of mystery signals

IEEE Spectrum report that as anti-government protests spilled onto the streets in Cuba on July 11, something strange was happening on the airwaves. Amateur radio operators in the United States found that suddenly parts of the popular 40-meter band were being swamped with grating signals. Florida operators reported the signals were loudest there, enough to make communication with hams in Cuba impossible. Other operators in South America, Africa, and Europe also reported hearing the signal, and triangulation software that anyone with a web browser can try placed the source of the signals as emanating from Cuba.

Cuba has a long history of interfering with broadcast signals, with several commercial radio stations in Florida allowed to operate at higher than normal power levels to combat jamming. But these new mystery signals appeared to be intentionally targeting amateur radio transmissions. A few hours after the protest broke out on the 11th, ham Alex Valladares W7HU says he was speaking with a Cuban operator on 7.130 megahertz in the 40-meter band, when their conversation was suddenly overwhelmed with interference. “We moved to 7170, and they jam the frequency there,” he says. Valladares gave up for the night, but the following morning, he says, “I realize that they didn't turn off those jammers. [Then] we went to [7]140 the next day and they put jamming in there.”

Valladres explains he escaped from Cuba to the United States in a raft in 2005. Like many hams in the large Cuban-American community in Florida, he frequently talks with operators in Cuba, and now he says the government there is “jamming the signal to prevent the Cuban people who listen to us and to prevent them from talking between them[selves].” Valladres has also heard reports that VHF 2-meter band repeaters have been shut down in Cuba.

Two-meter band radios are typically low-power handheld walkie-talkies used for short-range communications. Their range is often extended by using fixed relay repeaters, which retransmit an incoming signal using a more powerful transmitter and a well-placed antenna. Because Florida and Cuba are so close—only about 175 kilometers separates them at their closest point—it’s possible for 2-meter communications to cross the distance. “It was possible to go between Miami and Havana … with an external antenna you can talk to Havana easy because it’s not that far, it’s like 230 miles away,” says Valladres.

Read the full IEEE Spectrum report:

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SOTA in the Canadian Rockies

Friday 23rd July 2021

SOTA in the Canadian Rockies will be presented by Paul Mower VA6MPM at the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo coming August 14th and 15th.

For more information go to

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France: HAMEXPO 2021 cancelled

Friday 23rd July 2021

The REF Board has cancelled the HAMEXPO 2021 event that had been planned to take place for September 25 at the Le Mans Exhibition Center in France

A translation of the REF post says:

In view of
• new government constraints concerning the management of COVID-19, in particular the very cumbersome control procedures to be put in place,
• uncertainties about the attendance of certain exhibitors,
• the very hypothetical participation of the public concerned,

The REF board of directors, meeting in extraordinary session on July 15, 2021, decided to cancel the HAMEXPO 2021 edition, which was initially scheduled to be held on September 25, 2021.

This decision, very difficult to take, goes in the direction of the safety and the protection of all, we hope that you will understand it.

Our most cordial greetings.

The president, Norman Hubert F4HXK

Source REF

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Sweden: 80m AM contest August 7

Friday 23rd July 2021

An 80m AM contest will be held in Sweden on Saturday, August 7, from 0700-0900 GMT using 3600-3750 kHz

A translation of the SSA post reads:

Arboga Radioklubb and Arboga FRO department have organized this playful competition since 1988. The intention is to activate FRO's old and new stations, but everyone with AM is welcome to participate.

Over 250 amateurs participated over the years. The stations used have been everything from laptops from the 40s, via large facilities from military staffs, to modern ones with a dusty AM button. You also set up and feel free to attach some background information and a picture of your AM station, together with the log. It can then be a nice follow-up article!

AM is well modulated and beautiful, but difficult!

Rules at

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Telecoms firms need to do more to help customers struggling to pay bills

Friday 23rd July 2021

Ofcom has today published our annual Pricing Trends report, which provides analysis of what people paid for their broadband and phone services in 2020. Our research shows that, in general, broadband and mobile customers are getting better services while prices have been falling in recent years.

However, many people on low incomes are struggling to pay, and not all are getting the support they need. New data we have collected on the affordability of communications services, also published today, shows that around two million households struggle to afford internet access.

We welcome the action some companies have taken since we reported last year on the challenges some people face. However, there is considerable variation in the support available for customers who may be in debt or struggling to pay their bills.

So, we are considering whether the protections in place for customers in debt or struggling to pay should be strengthened. We have invited all interested parties to share their views with us on this.

A news release is available with more detail.

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DARC publish results of amateur radio survey

Thursday 22nd  July 2021

Germany's DARC has published the results of the amateur radio survey they conducted for the IARU, they had 550 respondents. In the UK the RSGB's survey had over 1,000 replies

The DARC note the survey showed contradictory opinions among amateurs with regards to modern communication modes like FT8 and a proposed Beginners license.

The DARC survey results are available at

The RSGB survey results are available at

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ARRL release 2020 annual report

Thursday 22nd  July 2021

In the report ARRL President Rick Roderick K5UR says radio amateurs must embrace the changing landscape and accept the ever-changing technologies in our hobby today

It's notable that after years of decline ARRL membership increased in 2020:  
2015 - 170,528
2016 - 164,070
2017 - 159,070
2018 - 156,899
2019 - 156,755
2020 - 158,494

Pages 18-19 of the report cover the switch to an online test session model in 2020 in order to keep exams running safely during the pandemic. Hundreds of Volunteer Examiners (VEs) were trained to conduct video-supervised online exam sessions using the ExamTools online examination system. By the end of the year, ARRL VE teams had remotely tested nearly 4,000 applicants. There is one candidate per session in an online test session, and teams conduct
multiple sessions per day.

The shift to the ExamTools online examinations system has allowed ARRL VEs to better serve our members. The program works for online or printed examinations to manage, conduct, and grade a test session. The comprehensive program utilizes GradeCam to automatically grade exams in seconds using the camera on a phone or computer, which eliminates the need to manually score the tests.

Download the 2020 report from

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DXpedition to Willis Island cancelled

Thursday 22nd  July 2021

Hi All,

Bad news I am afraid;

After months of negotiations with the new Coral Island Management Authority, DXPedition leader Tommy Horozakis VK2IR has had to cancel the Willis Island DXPedition that was planned for November of this year.

A combination of new rules banning the installation of any structures on the islands by the new authority along with the fact that COVID has now spread to four Australian states meant that going ahead was not going to be possible.

The Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia organised DXPedition would have coincided with 100 years of the weather observation and station being on Willis Island.

HARAOA website:

73 Ed VK2JI,
Publicity Officer VK9HR Willis Island DX'Pedition.

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Mapping directional MW transmitters in USA-Canada

Thursday 22nd  July 2021

If you listen for MW/AM radio stations in the the USA or Canada then you will surely know that many of them broadcast with directional antennas.

This of course can help or hinder your chance of reception so you need to know what stations are doing. Many years ago one could buy an excellent book that showed all the radiation patterns but of course nowadays computers can do this job more accurately and be kept up to date with the most recent data changes.

We are pleased to launch a software tool by Bill Scott WE7W that will map the radiation pattern of all MW transmitters in North America. Radio Data Medium Wave (RDMW) will do this for daytime, nighttime and even critical hours. And the radiation pattern is superimposed on Google Maps so you can scroll around the globe and zoom in to even see the transmitter masts!

Not only that but RDMW will ray trace from the transmitter to your receiver, calculating the exact path a signal will take and its great circle distance. You can even see how much signal is being radiated in your direction and whether you are likely to hear a particular station.

RDMW has been adapted by the Circle into six regional editions, based upon where you might be listening, but of course you can set your receiver anywhere you wish in the software. You can download RDMW for a small admin charge from the Circle's website.

Find out more here:

We hope this will serve as a useful DXing tool.

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23cm band: Amateur radio coexistence with Sat-Nav

Thursday 22nd  July 2021

The Chair of IARU Region 1 Spectrum Affairs, Barry Lewis G4SJH, reports on the meeting of the ITU-R Working Party 4C (WP4C) July 5-13 which discussed the amateur radio 1240 MHz band

On the IARU-R1 site he writes:

During the period 5-13 July 2021, the preparatory work for WRC-23 agenda item 9.1b continued in ITU-R Working Party 4C (WP4C). (See Region 1 Feb 23rd news item for further background). The IARU member representatives from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Japan, Norway, UK and USA, participated in the meeting and delivered additional information on amateur activities in this key microwave band

Preliminary studies came from France based on the ongoing CEPT work to provide initial estimates of separation distances required between RNSS GALILEO receivers and a sample of amateur emissions. The European Commission GALILEO team provided a set of observations pertaining to a RNSS interference event in northern Italy.

The work contributed by France, although needing refinement, is going in a good direction, using ITU-R recommended propagation models and assumptions based on operating scenarios provided by the amateur community. Further work is needed to take account of the large disparity between the RNSS service receiver bandwidths and the frequency band offsets of the amateur applications based on the measurements carried out by Germany.

The RNSS community have updated their RNSS receiver protection criteria with an update to ITU-R Recommendation M.1902 that now includes parameters relevant to the GALILEO E6 signal block. However these criteria only distinguish between a narrow band and wide band interferer level at the receiver and take no account of offset frequency in the receiver bandwidth or any time variance.

The IARU is working to ensure the amateur services are realistically represented in the studies as they move forward. It remains vital that national amateur communities present their views on the importance of this band to their national regulators in a consolidated and consistent manner. The work will continue throughout the year and beyond both in ITU-R and in the regional telecommunications organisations and the IARU is committed to ensure every group hears the amateur position on this important microwave band.

Read Barry's full post at

Read the IARU Summary Meeting Report at

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UK Advanced distance Learning

Thursday 22nd  July 2021

The Strangford High Frequency Enthusiasts Group can announce that it's distance learning packages for the full licence have been extremely successful.

We are now inviting enrolments for the next training cycle, which will be commencing on Monday 13th September. These Google meetings are supported by seventy U tube videos, Email support and Documentation. The service is completely free.

Contact for details.…

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Nevada appointed Factory Direct dealer for LDG tuners

Thursday 22nd  July 2021

We are delighted to be appointed FACTORY DIRECT Dealers for the LDG range of Auto Tuners from the USA, including the new LDG Z-100A 125W Auto Tuner for Icom radios.

To celebrate direct supply, we are offering customers a 10% discount on the whole range by simply entering the code LDG10 at checkout. (Offer valid until 30th August 2021). 

Full range here LDG – Nevada Radio

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Volunteer Amateur Radio operators to the rescue in Belgian floods

Wednesday 21st July 2021

Emily Hough writes in the Crisis Response Journal about the 30 radio amateurs who were deployed in the provinces of Brabant Wallon and Hainaut following the flooding in Belgium

In December 2015, Emily Hough interviewed Gilles Mahieu, Governor of Brabant Wallon, Philippe Vos De Wael Director of Operations, Walloon Brabant Rescue Zone Fire Service and Marc Lerchs ON3IBZ, Information Director, Walloon Brabant Crisis Centre, about a ground-breaking project involving Belgian amateur radio enthusiasts. These volunteers were connecting the whole of society, providing invaluable back-up should major, wide-scale power cuts affect emergency services communications.

Today, in July 2021, Lerchs describes how early in the morning of July 16, the Police building in Wavre – including its Tetra antenna and computers – was left completely underwater. "This antenna is critical for the Astrid national Tetra system, which is used by firefighters, medics, the police, civil protection, the army and crisis communicators," he tells me. "We also had several local electrical blackouts in Liège, Luxembourg and Brabant Wallon."
Here, the ham radio volunteers came into their own. The emergency number 112 despatch requested their help and about 30 volunteers were deployed in the provinces of Brabant Wallon and Hainaut. They connected fire stations, ambulance stations, hospitals (including medical emergency vehicles), the main command post in Wavre (the Governor's Crisis Centre and Field Multidisciplinary Command Post) and 112 dispatch in Mons.

Read the full article at

What is Amateur Radio?

Free UK amateur radio Online Training course

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AO-109 transponder available for use by efficient modes like FT4

Wednesday 21st July 2021

AMSAT has announced the transponder on the amateur satellite AO-109 (Fox-1E) is avialble for use by efficient modes such as FT4 or CW

A statement on the AMSAT website says:

The AMSAT Engineering and Operations Teams are pleased to announce that AO-109 (RadFxSat-2/AMSAT Fox-1E) is now open for amateur use. Users are advised to use efficient modes such as CW or FT4 for making contacts, since issues with the satellite make SSB voice contacts challenging at best.

Please see the May/June 2021 issue (Vol. 44, No. 3) of The AMSAT Journal for an article by Burns Fisher, WB1FJ, and Mark Hammond, N8MH, detailing the various attempts to characterize AO-109 and its apparent problems.

On behalf of the Engineering and Operations Teams–

Jerry, N0JY and Drew, KO4MA

AO-109 Frequencies
Inverting Linear Transponder
Uplink 145.860 MHz – 145.890 MHz
Downlink 435.760 MHz – 435.790 MHz
1k2 BPSK Telemetry 435.750 MHz (non-operational)

Source AMSAT

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Morse code used by police

Wednesday 21st July 2021

The Indian Express newspaper reports Police in Pune are keeping Morse code as a robust stand-by communications mode

The report says:

In the era of satellite communication, which involves transmitting signals into space and back, and internet based systems transferring gigabytes of data in a flash, police have kept alive the age-old system of Morse Code – a primitive method of sending messages in the form of dots and dashes.

Every Sunday, an operator with Pune Police’s wireless wing sends a Morse Code message to the office of the Director General of Police, Maharashtra. While this is their way of paying tributes to one of the earliest modes of telecommunication, it is primarily a way of maintaining a robust stand-by mode of message delivery in case all other means of communication fail.

Pune City police have recently started a series of tweets featuring the communication systems used by the police and their evolution till date. On Sunday, Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta tweeted, “As an ode to the beginning of wireless communications, the Commissioner’s Office still uses Morse Code to transmit Messages every Sunday.”

Read the full article at

Commissioner Police Pune City

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Register now for Free Online Amateur Radio Training course

Wednesday 21st July 2021

The next free amateur radio Foundation Online training course run by volunteers from Essex Ham starts on August 1 - Register Now

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

You can find out more about online training and register to join a course at

Essex Ham

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FCC investigating whether Cuban Government is jamming ham radio

Wednesday 21st July 2021

HAM radio operators in Florida have said that Cuba is jamming radio frequencies that prevent them from communicating with operators in the country since anti-government protests began last week. Now, the Federal Communications Commission says it has started an investigation into the issue.

“Too many people around the world are fighting uphill battles to be able to use technology to expand economic opportunity, express themselves, and organize without fear of reprisal,” an FCC Spokesperson told Motherboard. “The FCC is committed to supporting the free flow of information and ensuring that the internet remains open for everyone. We are assessing these reports in conjunction with our field agents and communicating with the Department of State as this issue develops.”

The Cuban government has notoriously controlled communications on the island; until recently there was little internet connectivity in the country and during the protests the government has taken steps to shut down the internet. Cuban exiles living in Florida and other parts of the country often use HAM radio to talk to the mainland.

But the jamming has prevented that. On his YouTube channel, HAM radio operator and Cuban exile Alex Valladares demonstrated the 40-meter band that’s preventing him from communicating with his friends on the island. “All these segments here are interference,” he said, twisting the dial across the band and through the noise. “That has been nonstop since Sunday.”


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Building Out a Ham Radio Trailer

Wednesday 21st July 2021

Building Out a Ham Radio Trailer will be presented by George Zafiropoulos KJ6VU at the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo coming August 14th and 15th.

For more information go to

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Ofcom report shines light on new technologies shaping the future of the internet

Wednesday 21st July 2021

Ofcom has today published the latest report from its Emerging Technology programme – shining a light on the technological advances that could shape the Internet of the future.

As the UK’s communications regulator, it is vital we are aware of the trends and changes affecting the sectors we regulate – both now and in the future. Ofcom’s Emerging Technology programme monitors these developments closely and earlier this year, we published our Technology Futures report – looking at the telecoms technologies that could pave the way for new ways for people to communicate in the coming years.

We have continued our work to explore what the next game-changing innovations could be. Today we have published Internet Futures – a follow-up report that focuses on the technologies that could underpin how the Internet operates in the future, and what that could mean for people and businesses.

The report includes contributions from industry, academics and technology experts from across the world – offering a sample of the many different innovative technologies being developed. The report summarises these views, with the following overarching themes emerging as the key trends:

Personalisation of experience, privacy, trust, and quality of experience for users;
Increased introduction of cloud technology and its extension closer to the end user; and
Environmental sustainability.

We will continue to keep a close eye on how the communications sectors are evolving through our ongoing Emerging Technology programme, and welcome further views on important technologies for the future.

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Iceland adventure

Wednesday 21st July 2021

Laurent, HB9HKE, will be active as TF/HB9HKE from Iceland between July 22nd and August 7th.

His main trip will be for Paramotoring (, but operations will be on various HF bands using a LAB599 TX-500 w/10w, a DIY599 power amp (60W), and wire antenna for 20m.

QSL via LoTW (preferred), but will also use and eQSL.

ADDED NOTE: View Laurent's YouTube video (about 14 minutes long) called Paramotor Adventure Iceland 2020 reportage "Iceland from above" at:

Also, visit his Web page at:


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The Woodpecker becomes a national heritage site

Wednesday 21st July 2021

Many of us can still recall the shortwave QRM resembling a hammering woodpecker. Until the nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl power plant in 1986, the 'woodpecker' was a daily nuisance on HF

The woodpecker was a Soviet over-the-horizon radar, designed to detect incoming rockets during a potential attack from the west.

Now the Ukraine has declared the installation known as 'DUGA 1', a phased array of broadband dipoles with a reflector array held up by steel towers and wires, a national monument. The array is over 700m long and 140 meters tall.

Together with the neighbouring ruin of the reactor complex and the abandoned town of Pripjat, the Ukraine wants the 'woodpecker' installation to become part of an UNESCO world cultural heritage site. Declaring it a national monument is the first step in the application process.


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FT8DMC anniversary activity weeks 2021

Wednesday 21st July 2021

To commemorate the 4th anniversary of the FT8 Digital Mode Club, eight special event stations will be on air during the 'FT8DMC Activity Days' between August 2-15th. All stations will bear the FTDMC or FTDM suffix

Special QSL-cards will confirm all QSOs and all logs will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL.

The following stations are expected (some may not) to be active:
8B1FTDM (Indonesia, Operator YB1BX, QSL via OE6VIE)
9K8FTDMC (Kuwait, QSL via 9K2RA)
A60FTDMC (United Arab Emirates, QSL via EA7FTR)
A91FTDMC (Bahrain, Operator A92AA, QSL via A92AA)
DQ8FTDMC (Germany, QSL via DM2RM)
GB0DMC (Wales, Operator MW0USK, QSL via DJ6OI)
HZ8FTDMC (Saudi Arabia, Operators SARS, QSL via SARS)
II2FTDM (Italy, Operator IK2EKO, QSL via IK2EKO, direct, eQSL or LoTW)
II8FTDM (Italy, Operator IK8YFU, QSL via IK8YFU)
LR8FTDMC (Argentina, QSL via F1ULQ)
LX8FTDMC (Luxembourg, Operators LX1TI, LX1JH, LX1HD, QSL via LX1TI)
OD5FTDMC (Lebanon, Operator OD5TE, QSL via K3IRV)
OE21FTDMC (Austria, Operator OE4KSF, QSL via direct, Bureau or LoTW)
OE4FTDMC (Austria, listen for QSL route)
PF21FTDMC (Netherlands, QSL via PH2M)
RO3FTDM (Russia, listen for QSL route)
SU8FTDMC (Egypt, QSL via A92AA)
TK8FTDM (Corsica, listen for QSL route)
TM8FTDM (France, QSL via F1ULQ)
TO8FTDM (Guadeloupe, Operator FG8OJ, QSL via F1ULQ)
YP8FTDMC (Romania, QSL via LoTW, eQSL, Clublog)
YQ6FTDMC (Romania, QSL via eQSL or LoTW)
Z3FTDMC (North Macedonia, Operator Z33YL, QSL via OE6VIE)
ZL6FTDMC (New Zealand, Operator ZL1MVL, QSL via F1ULQ)
ZY2FTDMC (Brazil, QSL via PP2CS, Bureau, direct, eQSL, LoTW or ClubLog)

An FTDMC Anniversary Award can be earned by working the FTDMC and FTDM stations and collecting points applicable for various award classes:
Bronze: 10 QSOs with at least 6 different special 'FTDMC/FTDM' stations
Silver: 15 QSOs with at least 8 different special 'FTDMC/FTDM' stations
Gold: 20 QSOs with at least 10 different special 'FTDMC/FTDM' stations
Platinum: 25 QSO's with 12 different special 'FTDMC/FTDM' stations

For more details, see the FT8DMC Web page at:

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 21st July 2021

Island activities:
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON

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

IOTA Contest 2021: This year's IOTA Contest will take place on July 24/25. For a list of participating stations and the contest rules see:

AF-014; CT3, Madeira Archipelago: Paul/DL5CW is going to operate the IOTA Contest as CT9/DL5CW. QSL via DL5CW.

AS-014; A4, Ash Sharqiyah/ Al Wusta Region group: A team using the callsign A44M will be active from Masirah Island between the 22nd and 27th. Before and after the contest they will signA43MI. QSL via
ClubLog OQRS, LoTW, eQSL.

AS-025; R0F, Kuril'skiye Islands (Kuril Islands) South: Sergey/R4WAA, Vasily/ R7AA, Yuri/RM0F, and Yan/RZ3FW activate Kunashir Island between the 23rd and 29th as RI0FWA, including the IOTA Contest. QSL via RZ3FW (d/B), LoTW.

AS-080; HL3, Ch'ungch'ong-Namdo Province group: Kim/DS3BCC leads a team operating from Pukkyongnyolbi Island between the 22nd and 25th as D70EXPO. QRV on 80-6m and during the IOTA Contest. QSL via ClubLog, LoTW.

AS-100; 4X, Israel group: 4X100AI will be active from Achziv Islands (Holyland H-03-AK, WW Loc. KM73mb) in the IOTA Contest. QSOs with the station also count for WWFF reference 4XFF-0075. Before and after the contest weekend, the group will also be active on FT8 and via QO-100. QSL via 4X6ZM (d), eQSL, LoTW.

AS-135; BY4, Jiangsu Province group: BA4TB, BD4TS, BD4XI, BH4TVU together with more operators will be active from Kaishan Island as B4T during the contest. Before the weekend, they will sign BI4SSB on 40-6m (CW, SSB, FT8). QSL via BA4TB, ClubLog OQRS.

AS-200; JA5, Shikoku's Coastal Islands: Take/JI3DST pays a visit to Shodo Island from the 22nd to 26th, signing JI3DST/5 on 80-2m (SSB, CW, FT8). QSL via JI3DST (B), ClubLog OQRS.

EU-008; GM/MM, Inner Hebrides: Bill/GM3ZRT joins the contest as GM7A from the Isle of Skye. QSL via LoTW.

EU-013; GJ/MJ, Jersey: Alan/G3XSV will be active in the contest as GJ8A. QSL via G3XSV (d).

EU-024; I*0, Sardinia Islands: Emil/DL8JJ remains active as IS0/DL8JJ/m until the 24th on CW, SSB, and FT8. QSL via DL8JJ, LoTW.

EU-034; ES0,3; Hiiuma/ Saaremaa/ Laanemaa County group: Yuris/YL2GM and Ziedonis/YL2GN will be active as ES6JP/0 and ES6TZ/0 from Hiiumaa Island between the 23rd and 25th. QSL for ES6JP via YL2GM,
ES6TZ via YL2GN.

EU-039; F, Chausey Islands: Eddy/ON6EF and Christiaan/ON1BN will be signing F/homecalls/p from Chausey Island (FFF-0600, ARLHS FRA-005, WCA F-02088) on 80-10m (SSB) during the contest. Since they cannot stay on the island overnight, their operating window will be limited to 09z-15z. QSL via homecall (d/B).

EU-042; DL, Schleswig-Holstein State North West group: Mike/DG5LAC visits Hooge from the 23rd to 27th, signing DG5LAC/p, mostly on SSB during the contest. Before and after he wants to concentrate on
FT8/4. QSOs will be confirmed automagically via the bureau; also possible: via direct, ClubLog OQRS, eQSL, LoTW.

EU-052; SV, Ipeiros/ Dytiki Ellas Region group: Spiros/SV8CS and Norbert/OM6NM operate the contest together as SV8CS from Zante Island. QSL via SV8CS (d/B).

EU-054, I*9, Egadi Islands: IF9A activates Favignana Island (IIA TP-011) on CW for the IOTA Contest. QSL via IT9ATF.

EU-055; LA, Sogn og Fjordane/ Hordaland/ Rogaland County group: A team consisting of LA1ZTA, LA6GKA, LA6ZP, LA7XIA, LA9RY, LB2GI, and LB3AI will be active from Feoy Island as LA4C in the contest. QSL
via LoTW or bureau.

EU-057; DL, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State group: Jef/DD2CW, Ron/ON1DX, Dirk/ON3UN, and Roger/ON7TQ will be active in the contest as DA2W from Ruegen Island. QRV until July 29. QSL via ON1DX (d/B), ClubLog.

EU-063; JW, Spitsbergen's Coastal Islands: LB1QI, LB5GI, LA7GIA, EA3HSO, and LA8OM operate from Prins Karls Forland Island (WW Loc. JQ58wk) between the 21st and 26th (including the contest) as JW0W
on 60, 40, 30, and 20m with a focus to North America and Asia. QSL via M0OXO, LoTW.

EU-064; F, Pays de la Loire Region group: F4FMU, F5AGB, F4FCE, F6DVH, and F4GYM will be signing TM1N from Noirmoutiers Island (DIFM AT-020) in the contest. QSL via F4GYM (d/B), eQSL.

EU-088; OZ, Kattegat group: Fred/ON6QR joins the contest as OZ/ON6QR from Laeso Island. QSL via ON6QR (d/B).

EU-089; CU8/9, Western group: Don/W6PQL pays the Azores a visit from July 25 until Sept. 4, signing CT8/W6PQL on HF (FT8, on 20m also SSB). QSL via W6PQL (d/B), LoTW.

EU-092; GM/MM, Summer Isles: Col/MM0NDX and Jonathan/MM0OKG operate together as MS0INT from Horse Island. During the contest their callsign will be GM5DX. QSL for GM5DX via EB7DX, MS0INT via LoTW.

EU-105; F, Bretagne (Finistere North) Region group: Chris/F4ELI, Andy/F4ELK, and Didier/F6DXE activate the Ile Vierge (WW Loc. IN78rp, WLOTA 0241, DPLF PB007, ARLHS FRA-038 und FRA-064) during the contest as TM6JVX. QSL via F4ELK (d/B).

EU-107; F, Bretagne (Cotes-d'Armor West) Region group: Gil/F4FET and Antoine/F5RAB will be signing TM7P from La Petite Ile (WW Loc. IN88ju) between the 23rd and 27th (including the contest). QRV with
two rigs on HF (SSB, CW, RTTY, FT8), 6m, and 2m. QSL via F4FET (d/B), ClubLog OQRS.

EU-111; GM/MM, Monach Islands: Members of the Cray Valley Radio Society (Nobby G0VJG, Chris/G0FDZ, Tony/G2NF, Pat/EI5IX, and Jamie/M0SDV) operate as GM3RCV from Monach Island between the 22nd and 27th. During the contest their callsign will be MM8C. QSL via ClubLog OQRS, LoTW.

EU-114; GM/MM, Guernsey group: Bob/GU4YOX and Ian/G3WVG operate the IOTA Contest together as MP5A from Alderney. QSL via ClubLog OQRS, LoTW.

EU-120; G, English Coastal Islands: G3VYI, G3WRR, G4WGE, and 2E0PUT operate the contest together as G4ALE/p from the Isle of Wight. QSL via G4ALE (d/B).

EU-121; EI/EJ, Irish Coastal Islands: Gerard/EI5KF activates Bere Island during the contest as EJ1E (CW only). QSL via EI5KF (d/B).

EU-123; GM/MM, Scottish Coastal Islands: A team consisting of G3UNA, G3VCQ, G4ZVB, GI4FUE, M0KPD, M0YDB, M3VCQ, and MI5JYK operates from the Isle of Arran as GM7M between the 22nd and 25th. QRV also on 6m as MS0SDC (FT8). QSL for GM7M via G4ZVB.

EU-123; GM/MM, Scottish Coastal Islands: Gordon/MM0GOR plans to operate for 12 hours as MM1E from Great Cumbrae Island during the contest. QSL via ClubLog OQRS.

EU-125; Jylland West group: Eddy/DM5JBN is going to pay Romo Island a visit from the 23rd to 28th. QRV as OV5N with a QRP rig on HF (CW, FT8), including the IOTA Contest. QSL via DM5JBN (d/B).

EU-129; DL/SP1, Usedom Island (aka Uznam Island): A group led by DL7JOM (DL2RNS, DL2RVL, DL1RTL, DL4SVA, DG2RON) will be active from Usedom as DK1A during the contest. QSL via ClubLog OQRS.

EU-130, I*3, Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region group: A large Italian team activates Santa Maria di Barbana with the callsign II3Y in the contest. Before and after they'll sign IQ3JT. QSL for II3Y via M0OXO.

EU-131; I*3, Veneto Region group: Members of the ARI section Mestre operate from Pellestrina Island as IQ3ME/p during the contest. QSL via IQ3ME.

EU-133; R1A-C, Gulf of Finland South group: Vasily/RA1ZZ/p and Aleksandr/RA3AV/p start their IOTA tour with a contest activity from Kotlin Island (EU-133). Afterwards, depending on local circumstances, they hope to move on to Lambostrov (RRA RR-02-118) for July 27 to 29. News about further activations may follow in our next edition. QSL via homecalls (d/B), ClubLog OQRS.

EU-146; PA, Zuid Holland/ Zeeland Province group: Dirk/DL1KVN is going to put the smallest island south of Rotterdam on the air for the contest as PA/DL1KVN/p, operating with a 20W rig and wire antennas from a tent. QSL via DL1KVN (d/B), ClubLog OQRS.

EU-146; PA, Zuid Holland/ Zeeland Province group: Gerard/PA0PIW, Gert/PA2LO, Maarten/PA3EYC, Tymen/PA3GRM, and Hans/PE1KWH will operate the contest together as PI4AMF/p from chouwen_Duiveland.

EU-172; OZ, Jylland East and Fyn group: DK4WW and DL7AU will be active in the contest from Hjarnoe Island as 5Q5CW. QSL via DL5CW.

EU-174, SV, Makedonia/ Thraki Region group: Gabor/HA1YA will be signing SW8YA for 12 hours in the contest from Thassos Island. QSL via HA1YA (d).

EU-174; SV, Makedonia/ Thraki Region group: Boyko/LZ1QN and Angel/LZ4AE will be participating in the contest as SV8/LZ2K from Ammouliani Island. QSL via LZ1QN (d/B).

NA-036; VE7, British Columbia Province (Vancouver Island) group: Gabor/VE7JH will be joining the contest from Vancouver Island. QSL via bureau, LoTW, eQSL, ClubLog.

NA-040; KL, St Lawrence Island: Henry/NL0H will be active in the contest from St. Lawrence Island. QSL via M0OXO, LoTW.

NA-067; W4, North Carolina State East (Carteret to Currituck County) group: W4MY, N4MIO, W8WZ, W4MPS, KG4AKV, and W4MGT activate Harkers Island as W4MY during the contest. QSL via bureau or direct.

NA-137; W1, Maine State West (York to Knox County) group: Bertrand/N4CW and James/W4TMO will be active as K1IMI from Bailey Island. QSL via N4CW.

NA-168; W5, Louisiana State South East (Lafourche to Plaquemines Parish) group: Allan/KV4T and Bridget/KS4YT will be taking turns operating the contest from Grand Isle. QSL via homecalls (d/B).

OC-021; YB0-3, Java Island: Pri/YB0ECT is going to operate the contest from Java on 20m only. QSL via W2FB (d/B).

OC-111; YJ, Shepherd Islands: Rod/YJ8RN operates from Emae Island/Vanuatu between the 22nd and 27th. QRV on 40, 30, and 20m (mostly FT8), and during the IOTA Contest. QSL via NZ4DX (d/B).

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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Online Distance Learning Course for Full Exam

Tuesday 20th July 2021

The popular Bath Based Distance Learning for the amateur radio Full exam is starting again in August. Bookings are being taken now

The Bath Based Distance Learning team (BBDL) helped nearly 800 students to pass the Advanced exam under the old syllabus. Between 2011 and 2019 over 28% of the total UK Advanced exam passes were BBDL students and the pass rate was over 80%, compared with a national average of 65%.  

The course will run from August to December 2021.  

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

There will be no charge for the training but applicants will need to work through a pre-course classroom and quiz to be eligible for a place.

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

The deadline for course applications is August 4. To request full details and an application form, please e-mail BBDL Team Leader, Steve, G0FUW, via g0fuw AT  

Bath Based Distance Learning

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Iceland to look at online exams

Tuesday 20th July 2021

The UK pioneered amateur radio exams that could be taken online from home, Iceland's IRA intends to examine that idea. The IRA aims to start their next course in October

A translation of the IRA post reads:

It is stated in the new issue of CQ TF (3rd issue 2021) that the aim is for an ÍRA course for amateur licenses next October. The new issue was be published on the website on Sunday, July 18.

The Board of Directors of ÍRA made the following agreement at its meeting on June 22: “More suitable arrangements need to be found for seminars. A meeting with the examination committee shall be convened. The possibility of holding courses and even exams online, which is done in some countries, needs to be examined. Learning materials need to be updated".
In a letter to the examination committee of the day. On July 4, the committee members were thanked for their excellent preparation and implementation of the PTA examination for an amateur license on June 5 in Skeljanes.

Then it says, among other things, "… that this could be a relatively short meeting (perhaps as the first of two) where the emphasis would be on preparing to offer courses perhaps next October over the internet with unchanged study material". Furthermore, "..New study material is certainly urgent - but it could be time-saving to prepare a course in October, to postpone the discussion / preparation for its implementation until the [next] course afterwards, ie. in February 2022. The estimated meeting date is August 10.

Decisions on courses will be explained in more detail when dates and arrangements are available.

IRA Board.

Source IRA

A new edition of the IRA's magazine CQ TF has been published and is available at

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2 new videos: 'The Best Ham Cartoons'

Tuesday 20th July 2021

Quin (K8QS) and Tom (WA9TDD) look at some of the best amateur cartoons of all time, focusing in Part One on antennas, gender, technology, and dreams, and in Part Two on money, obsession, and neighbors/family.


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Even more digital radio stations to take to the airwaves

Tuesday 20th July 2021

More local listeners will be able to tune into new digital radio stations, as Ofcom completes the first round of small-scale DAB licence awards.

Small-scale DAB is an innovative technology which provides a low-cost way for local commercial, community and specialist music services to take to the digital airwaves.

Following a competitive process, where each applicant was judged against specific criteria, multiplex licences have been awarded for the following areas:

Alnwick and Morpeth – UK DAB Networks Limited
Bradford  – Bradford Digital Media Limited
Exeter – ExeDAB Limited
Isles of Scilly – Like DAB Limited
North Birmingham – Switch Radio
South Birmingham – South Birmingham Digital Radio Limited 

Applications for licences being advertised in Round Two must be submitted to Ofcom by 5pm on September 1st. A list of licence areas that Ofcom plans to advertise in Round Three later this year can be found on the Ofcom website.

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Tuesday 20th July 2021

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

Countries available:

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

A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J7, JA, JT, JW, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TT, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

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


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Putting innovation at the heart of the UK’s wireless future

Tuesday 20th July 2021

Supporting innovation is at heart of Ofcom’s new strategy for how it will manage the UK’s airwaves over the next decade.

People and businesses rely on wireless services every day. Whether it’s delivering our news, connecting us to friends and family, automating factories or even monitoring changes in the natural world – wireless connections are essential to how we live our modern lives. All of these services rely on spectrum and it’s Ofcom’s job to ensure this finite resource is used in the best interests of all in the UK – helping to make communications work for everyone.

Our new strategy – Supporting the UK’s Wireless Future – explains how we plan to do this during the course of the 2020s – ensuring everyone can access the airwaves they need to innovate and bring better services to people.

It sets out an ambitious vision focused on driving continued improvements for wireless services; helping businesses and organisations with specialised spectrum requirements access the airwaves they need; providing flexible options to support innovation; and ensuring the efficient use of spectrum so it can continue to transform the way we live and work.

To achieve this vision, we will be focusing on three areas in particular:

Supporting wireless innovation: we will make it easier to access spectrum by allowing certain airwaves to be used for innovation while their long-term use is still being decided; supporting innovation in new wireless technology; and understand, assist and inform a wide range of organisations that could benefit from wireless services in the future.

Licensing to fit local and national services: we will support the growing diversity of wireless services and providers by looking at further ways to give organisations access to spectrum on a localised basis – benefiting businesses like factories, remote farms and airports, which do not need to use spectrum across the whole UK. While still supporting larger services that need nationwide access, such as mobile.
Promoting spectrum sharing: we will encourage better use of data and analysis when assessing conditions for sharing spectrum; wireless networks to be more resilient to interference from other users; and users to strike the balance between protecting their services from interference, while allowing other nearby users the flexibility to use their services.

With the strategy published, we will be working closely with businesses, public bodies and others to put it into practice and play our part in shaping the UK’s wireless future

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North Korean capital cracks down on illegal TVs to prevent access to South Korean broadcasts

Tuesday 20th July 2021

Each Pyongyang household must report the number of TVs they own, and they face stiff punishments for hiding them

North Korea has ordered residents of the capital Pyongang to report the number of televisions in each household to stop them from watching banned shows from prosperous, democratic South Korea, sources in the country told RFA.

In North Korea, access to media from the outside world is strictly controlled, and TVs and radios are manufactured to only pick up domestic channels and must be registered with the authorities. But residents do find ways to access South Korean signals, either by using foreign televisions or modifying domestic ones.

Getting caught during routine inspections with a TV that can pick up illegal signals is a punishable offense. Residents with more than one television hide their illegal TVs during inspections, only to bring them out again to watch Seoul’s latest hot drama or variety show, former residents told RFA.

Authorities are aware of the deception and have issued a directive that every household in the city declare to their local neighborhood watch unit how many televisions they have.

“Residents are trying to hide them, but the judicial authorities are trying to find them. They are looking for TVs that can get South Korean TV channels in addition to the ‘official’ channels,” said a resident of Pyongyang, who requested anonymity for security reasons.

“Everyone knows that in Pyongyang, South Korean TV signals can be picked up in various areas,” the source said. He mentioned the Mangyongdae and Rangrang districts in the center of the city of 2.8 million.

In these areas the residents have been known to have two or three televisions in their homes, so they can watch the legal channels during inspections and watch South Korean broadcasts in secret,” the source said.

The source said that residents have developed clever ways to hide their illegal TVs.

Read more from this very interesting Radio Free Asia article:

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Media outlet picks up 40m Cuban signal story

Tuesday 20th July 2021

The Vice Media site has picked up the story of signals believed to be from Cuba causing interference in the amateur 7 MHz band and which featured in YouTube videos

Read the Vice story by Jason Koebler at

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RF safety issues with Pedestrian-Mobile Antenna

Tuesday 20th July 2021

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Radio hams play key role after storms

Tuesday 20th July 2021

The Houma Courier reports on the Bayou Amateur Radio Society who have played a vital communication role in the wake of hurricanes that have hit south Louisiana

The group is also known as the Thibodaux Amateur Radio Club.

We asked George Tippett WB5PKK, the group's president, to tell us about the work it does. Here are his edited answers to our questions.

What services do you provide?

We provide emergency communication for relief efforts after hurricanes and other natural or man-made disasters strike our local bayou region communities in southeast Louisiana.

First and foremost, we are a group of FCC-licensed, volunteer amateur, or ham, radio operators. The ham radio hobby has been in existence for over 100 years. It is sometimes erroneously considered a dinosaur method of communicating with the advent of the cellphone and internet. However, amateur radio has consistently proven to be the most reliable form of communication through the years, as it does not require delicate infrastructure to function.

Read the full story and watch the video at

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IOTA News from OPDX

Tuesday 20th July 2021

Island activities:

The following are IOTA operations that were active this past week between July 12-17th (as per the DXCluster):

IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
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AS-004 5B4VL CYPRUS 17m; SSB
AS-047 JS6TWW DAITO 20m; FT8
AS-078 JH8RBY Hokkaido 17m; SSB
EU-002 OH0SCA ALAND 20/12m; CW/SSB
EU-002 OH0Z ALAND 20m; CW
EU-011 M0PWL Isles of Scilly 20m; FT8
EU-015 SV9ANK Crete 20m; SSB
EU-015 SV9IOI Crete 17m; SSB
EU-015 SX200COL Crete 17m; SSB
EU-023 9H1CJ Malta 17m; SSB
EU-023 9H1JL Malta 17m; SSB
EU-023 9H1TT Malta 20m; SSB
EU-054 IF9A Favignana 20/10m; CW
EU-165 IS0/DL8JJ/P Maddalena di Alghero 40/20m; CW
EU-170 9A/ON2KP PAG 40m; SSB
EU-175 CU3HN CENTRAL 20/10m; SSB/FT8
EU-185 R6AF/P SUDZHUK 20/17m; CW
NA-015 CO9GBB CUBA 20m; CW
NA-048 C6AHB Bimini 40/20/15m; SSB/FT8
NA-048 C6AZM Bimini 40/20/15m; CW/FT8
NA-048 C6AYW Bimini 40/20/17m; CW
OC-001 VK100AF Australia 40m; CW

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

AS-066. Russian operators Sergey/R0LS, Yuri/R0MZ, YL Elena/RC5A, Alex/RU0LL, Serge/RW0LD and Sergey/RW0LZ will be active as homecall/p from Reinecke Island sometime this week. Operators will be active during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) with possibly one or more above callsigns.

AS-135. A group of Chinese operators will be active as B4T from Kaishan Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Multi-2/ High-Power entry. QSL via BA4TB. Operators mentioned are Dale/BA4TB, Gu/BD4TS, Mingchun/BD4XI, Xingang/BH4TVU and possibly others. Outside of the contest, operators will be active as BI4SSB (Jiangyin ARES Club Callsign) on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via BA4TB, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.

AS-149. (Postponed) A Russian team that was expected to be active as RI0FM from Moneron Island (WW Loc. QN06pf, RR-16-01, RDA SL-16, WFF RFF-193, Asiatic Russia) between July 15-31st, has postponed their operation due to team member(s) being ill. It may be possible to reschedule their activity for August 2021. For more details and updates, see:

EU-005. (Change) Gordon, MM0GOR, will not be active as MM1E from Great Cumbrae Island (EU-123), but will be active as MM1E from Great Britian Island (Mainland) instead during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) [usually] as a Single-Op/All-Bands/SSB-Mode/ 12-Hrs/High-Power entry. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.

EU-010. Look for GM7V to be active again from the Island of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned are John/MM0CCC, Gordon/MM0GPZ, Chris/GM3WOJ, and Keith/GM4YXI. Please QSL via Steve, N3SL.

EU-130. Operators Alessio/IV3GDE, Daniele/IV3OSC, Pietro/IV3EHH, John/IV3AVQ, Gianni/IW3QRM, Giuseppe/IW3RWZ, Lucio/IV3HWT, Mauro/IV3AZV, Paolo/IV3BCA, Vittorio/IV3DCZ, Silvio/IV3TRK, Ilario/IV3CGJ, Ferruccio/IV3GLK, Umberto/IV3ARJ, Factors/IV3APH, Sergio/IZ3NXC and Bruno/IV3KYQ will be active as II3Y from Santa Maria di Barbana Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Multi-Op/DXpedition/Low-Power entry. QSL via M0OXO. The team will be active between July 23-25th.  Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and SSB. They will also be on FT8 using the callsign IQ3JT.

EU-034. Operators Yuris/YL2GM and Ziedonis/YL2GN will be active as ES6JP/0 and ES6TZ/0 from Hiiumaa Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest. They will be on the island July 23-25th. QSL via their home callsigns.

EU-039. Operators Eddy/ON6EF and Christiaan/ON1BN will be active as F/ON6EF/p and F/ON1BN/p from Grande-Island, Chausey Islands, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as Single-Ops entry. Operators will be active both days between 0900-1500z; because they take the morning ferry and back in the evening. They plan to operate on SSB with two stations on 80-10 meters but on two different bands at the same time. Activation is also valid for WWFF, reference is FFF-0600, ARLHS lighthouse FRA-005 and
WCA F-02088. QSL F/ON6EF/p via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or eQSL. NO LoTW. QSL F/ON1BN/p via his home callsign.

EU-054. Look for IF9A to be active from Favignana Island (IIA TP-011, MIA MI-025, WLOTA LH-1545) during the RSGB IOTA Contest as (July 24-25th) as a 24-Hrs/Assisted/CW/Low-Power entry. QSL via IT9ATF.

EU-114. Members of the "Three A's Contest Group" will be active as MP5A from Alderney Island, Guernsey, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via G3TXF, OQRS or LoTW. Operators mentioned Ian/G3WVG and Bob/GU4YOX.

EU-123. (Update) Members of the 7M Contest Group will be active as GM7M from the Isle of Arran between July 22-25th. Their activity includes the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Multi-2/ Island entry. QSL GM7M via G3VCQ. Operators mentioned are DJ/G3UNA, Colin/G3VCQ, Bill/G4ZVB, Charlie/GI4FUE, Rob/M0KPD, YL Sharon/M3VCQ and Peter/MI5JYK. The may also use the callsign MS0SDC on 6 meters FT8.

EU-131. Several members of the ARI Mestre Team will be active as IQ3ME/p from Pellestrina Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via IQ3ME, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.

EU-144. Roberto, IK8PGM, will be active as ID8A from Cirella Island on Thursday, July 29th, weather permitting. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.

EU-146. Operators Maarten/PA3EYC, Hans/PE1KWH, Gert/PA2LO, Gerard/PD0PIW and Tymen/PA3GRM will be active as PI4AMF/p from Schouwen- Duivenland Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Multi-2/Island Station/Fixed entry. QSL via PA3EYC or ClubLog's OQRS.

EU-175. Jim, W6PQL, will be active as CT8/W6PQL from Pico Island, Azores, between July 25th and September 4th. His operating schedule is as follows:
* HF from July 25th through September 3rd, nightly from 2200-2400z on or about 14240 kHz, and around 7140-7180 kHz in the mornings from 0800-1000z * 2 meter EME from July 30th through September 3rd, using E-mail (jim at or N0UK or HB9Q for scheduling * 2 meter tropo (FT8 mode) into Europe as conditions permit (please schedule by E-mail)
QSL via LoTW, or direct to W6PQL. ADDED NOTES: Check out his pictures on Also, if you miss him this year, he will return next year.

NA-036. Gabor, VE7JH, will be active from the VE7UF's contest station on Vancouver Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Mixed-Mode/All-Band/24-Hrs/Assisted entry. QSL via VE7JH, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL, ClubLog or LoTW.

NA-137. "The Daily DX" reports that operator Bert, N4CW, and possibly Jim, W4TMO, are going to activate Bailey Island, Maine, as K1IMI on Saturday, July 24th, starting at 1200z and end after their local sunset. The duo will use a battery powered K3 and inverted V G5RV running 100 watts, probably all CW. Listen for
them on 20 and later on 40 meters, possibly some 15 meters. QSL via LoTW or direct to N4CW.

NA-151. Bo, OZ1DJJ, will once again be active as OX3LX from Tasiilaq Island (WW Loc. HP15EO), Greenland, between July 28th and August 13th. Activity will be on 40-4 meters with a focus 50 and 70 MHz. When not active, he will run a WSPR beacon on 40-6 meters. He states this is NOT a DXpedition, and the best chance to work him will be around lunchtime and after dinner (his local time UTC-2), also during the weekend, possibly at night/morning. QSL via OZ0J direct (see Logs get uploaded to LoTW, ClubLog and sometimes eQSL. For more details and updates, watch or his Web page at:

SA-092. (Update) Operators Markus/DJ4EL (PZ5GE), Sascha/PF9Z (PZ5SB) and Rico/PZ5JW will once again try to activate Pagegaaien Island (WW Loc. GJ15kv)as PZ5G between October 15-18th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL PZ5G via LoTW or ClubLog.

PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new 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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WIA Board issues apology for magazine's unacceptable language

Monday 19th July 2021

The Board of the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) say the June/July issue of their magazine Amateur Radio contained unacceptable racial and sexist slurs

The WIA statement says:

Apology and Retraction – AR Magazine June / July 2021

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) Board of Directors has become aware of a potentially offensive and unacceptable racial and sexist slur that has appeared in the most recent edition of Amateur Radio Magazine (AR Magazine) that is currently in circulation.

The comments appeared in an article under the heading Editorial, where several statements were made which could be considered a racial slur and further remarks that could be deemed to be sexist.

The WIA profusely apologises for any hurt or harm caused by these comments. We value diversity, inclusion and respect and we are working hard to create this within the Amateur Radio Community.

The events that have occurred are totally unacceptable to the WIA Board and despite the Board was not aware of its inclusion in the magazine, nor had the opportunity to read the article prior to publication, the Board accepts full responsibility for what has taken place.

The current digital version of the AR Magazine will be removed temporarily whilst this article is re-edited and then access restored. Unfortunately, the printed version of the magazine is now in distribution and cannot be retracted. However, an apology will be included in the next edition of the magazine and will appear on the WIA website and social media mediums.

The WIA Board will undertake a full review of the events that occurred and ensure processes are put in place to prevent any such repeat of this unacceptable situation.

On behalf of the WIA Board, our sincere apology to any member or individual that read this article and was offended by the remarks made.

Kind Regards

Scott Williams – VK3KJ
President - WIA

Source WIA

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Monday 19th July 2021

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New US experimental station WL2XUP now operational on the 40 MHz band

Monday 19th July 2021

In June of 2021, the FCC in the USA issued the experimental call sign WL2XUP to conduct tests on the 40 MHz band. The owner of the call, Lin Holcomb (NI4Y) reports that the station is now on air.

The license allows for operation between 40.660 MHz to 40.700 MHz with a maximum output of 400-watts ERP. The license was issued on the 17th of June 2021 and it lasts until the 1st of July 2023.

As of mid July 2021, WL2XUP is intermittently transmitting WSPR on 40.662 MHz (1500Hz). For FT8 skeds and tests, an ERP of 100-watts can be used.

More info...

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Learn to Solder Buildathon II

Monday 19th July 2021

Learn to Solder Buildathon II will be presented by Rex Harper W1REX at the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo coming August 14th and 15th.

For more information go to

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ICQPodcast - Portable Operations Challenge 2021

Monday 19th July 2021

In this episode, Martin (M1MRB) is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Edmund Spicer M0MNG to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief and in the episode, we feature Portable Operations Challenge 2021


We would like to thank Steve Murphy (M7XSM), Frank Westphal (K6FW), Nigel Wells (2W0CGM), Grant Porter (KG4SDR), Dino Papas KL0S, Dave Lufkin (KB3JRJ), and our monthly and annual subscription donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit -

News stories include: -

• Swiss Radio Amateurs Face Fee to use QO-100
• Janet K0JE and Janice K0JA - Ham Radio Twins
• FCC Reaffirms Fine for Marketing Non-Compliant RF Equipment
• Ham Radio Helping Lifelong Hobbyists Stay Mentally Fit in Old Age
• Presentation Tracks announced for QSO Expo
• RSGB Publishes Amateur Radio Survey Summary
• Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) Community Meeting

The ICQPodcast can be downloaded from

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Cuban 40m jamming

Monday 19th July 2021

40 Meter Band Jamming From Cuba? #soscuba #freecuba

An example of the Jamming that is currently happening on the 40 meter band.

Ham Radio Dude did to an interview with Alex W7HU on what is happening in Cuba, Please give it a watch

Alex W7HU

Here is a documentary on radio jamming, including it's roots in the 1920's.
Empire of noise [Full documentary]

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Brendan Quest 2 metre trans-Atlantic attempt

Monday 19th July 2021

In an update issued on July 14th, Frank Davis announced that the VO1FN Transatlantic VHF project has received important support from SHF Elektronik Siggi DJ2MM who have sponsored an MVV 144-VOX Mast Mounted preamp. The unit has been received and will be installed in the coming days.

The unit has been modified by Siggi with more sensitive circuitry to deal with the very weak VHF signals to be expected on the Transatlantic path. This preamp will also enable the station to utilize its new FT991A transceiver to transmit in return to any signals heard. He also thanked Mr. Martin Jue of MFJ for sponsoring two 12VDC BiasT units for the irish station EI2DHK and Newfoundland Labrador station VO1FN. Both units have been received.

The VO1FN location will use the Bias T to power the SHF Mast Mounted Preamp. The EI2DKH beacon is now running 24/7 beaming across the Atlantic hoping to make contact with North America. The radio is an Elad Duo SDR with GPS DO operating on 28 MHz into a transverter. The Duo output is 1 milliwatt and the transverter delivers 10 Watts into a 100 Watt linear amplifier, so all systems are cool running except the amplifier which is fan cooled.

The station run by Tony EI8JK transmitting Q65 (60 sec, sub mode C) with CW ID every even minute on 144.488 MHz with audio frequency of 1500 Hz and it receives Q65 every odd minute on 144.178 MHz with audio frequency of 1500 Hz


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Turkish Republic of North Cyprus

Monday 19th July 2021

Tevfik, TA1HZ (ex-ZD8HZ), has announced that he has moved to Iskele city in the district known as the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC).

He states that he has received the necessary permit from local authority to be on the air as 1B/TA1HZ.

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is a self-proclaimed state (part of Cyprus), which is only recognized by Turkey.

The TRNC does not count for anything for DXCC purposes. Also, the use of the 1B prefix is illegal and is not sanctioned by the ITU.


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Ham Radio training for civil defence volunteers to combat calamities

Monday 19th July 2021

The Millennium Post report that in a bid to ensure seamless connectivity even to the remotest locations in Sunderbans in South 24-Parganas, the civil defence volunteers on Sunday started receiving training in Ham Radio communication.

About 60 civil defence volunteers hailing from interior blocks of Gosaba, Patharpratima, Sagar, Namkhana and Mathurapur will be trained online on how to stay connected using radio waves, when the normal communication system gets cut-off due to natural calamities.

"In the last two years there have been 3 to 4 severe cyclonic storms that have hit the coastal belt of South 24-Parganas. We have found out that connectivity has been jeopardised after such disasters. There have been several meetings at the administrative level on bridging this connectivity issue and finally we have decided to train our civil defence volunteers in communication through Ham Radio. The West Bengal Radio Club (WBRC) which has worked with the district administration during such natural calamities has been roped in for the training," Sourav Chatterjee, Additional Deputy Controller (ADC), Civil Defence , South 24-Parganas said.

Ambarish Nag Biswas, the custodian and secretary of WBRC said the online training of three months will be conducted by Indian Academy of Communication and Disaster Management, the training and development wing of WBRC. Classes will be conducted every Sunday by Dr. Pasupati Mondal. Dipak Giri, a civil defence volunteer from Mahendranagar in Pathapratima was very excited after attending his first class. "There are a lot of problems related to connectivity in my residence. So, I climbed up a tree near my residence to attend the virtual class. I am hopeful that after successful completion of the training, I will be able to stand by the people in our village in times of natural calamities in a much more effective manner,"Giri said.

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Electronics Notes Virtual Vintage Radio Museum and Directory

Sunday 18th July 2021

In recent weeks at Electronics Notes, we have started adding a virtual museum and directory of various vintage radios of all sorts from old crystal antiques radios to vintage valve / tube radios, ex-government communications radios, ham radio equipment through to early transistor radios and the like.

Each radio is given a description, details of the specification and circuit where possible, so a good amount of interesting information is available on each type.

There is a huge amount of work yet to work on in preparing a good selection of radios that we hope will be of interest, but we have started . . . . So far the radios we have investigated and written about include the Philco 111 superhet radio from 1931, some of the EKCO Art Deco round radio sets from the 1930s and 1940s as well as a selection of government surplus communications radios like the AR88, Marconi CR100 & 150, some ham radio sets, a Tandberg radio from the 1970s and a few others.

As you can imagine, this is very much a "work in progress" so we will be adding more as time permits so we can end up with a useful selection of radios that people will find interesting to browse and read about. If you are interested, check back from time to time to see all the new additions.

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Radio amateurs respond to flooding in Western Europe

Sunday 18th July 2021

IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator Greg G0DUB reports on the Amateur Radio response to the flooding in Western Europe

One the IARU-R1 site he writes:

Unprecedented heavy rain caused widespread flooding in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands with over 120 deaths and hundreds more people unaccounted for. The rains which started on Wednesday caused rivers to burst their banks and the water converged into major rivers like the Meuse, Mosel and Rhine causing damage to bridges and other infrastructure such as power and telecommunications networks.

The Dutch Amateur Radio Emergency Service (DARES) was on standby from Wednesday evening as the first reports of flooding came in, with an initial attempt to establish a point to point link from the Provincial capital of Maastricht to the north of Limburg province, this was halted due to heavy traffic as citizens followed calls to evacuate low lying areas. DARES members were in contact with members of the Belgian Emergency Amateur Radio Service (BEARS) to co-operate and co-ordinate their work.

The European Civil Protection mechanism was activated and emergency groups across the region reported their Governments sending extra assistance and supplies to the areas where damage was worst. The surge in flood water was continuing to make its way North leading to further evacuations and the Radio Amateur Emergency groups started to get more focused requests with BEARS being asked to provide a backup VHF link between the emergency call centre in Brussels and the province of Hainaut through Friday while DARES had four stations active in the Limburg area ready to respond if an issue occurred.

The most loss of life and damage has occurred in Germany where over 1000 people remain unaccounted for and the loss of mobile networks has slowed the effort to locate people while many others are without power or homes. The emergency communications unit of the DARC is handling enquiries for amateur radio support in the worst hit areas but this is not always easy to achieve as members in the area have been directly affected losing equipment or their homes.

Emergency communications groups in the affected, and surrounding countries, are ready to respond to requests made and are working well together, co-ordinating their response as needed. This emergency will last for some time as infrastructure is repaired and the threat from damaged dams and more rainfall is reduced.

Source IARU Region 1

DARC has published updates on the situation on their website

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Scouts doing the Class B RAE course

Sunday 18th July 2021

Richard Hooper, ZS6RKE the Troop Scouter of the Sandringham Scouts told SARL News that the Sandringham Scout Group, ZS6SSG will be running a Class B RAE course for Scouts, starting on Saturday 31 July. The course will run for 8 weeks using various virtual platforms, because of the current lockdown restrictions, until they can run the final day for HF assessments.

Currently there are 10 Scouts signed up to do the course and the exam. The Scouts are from the Sandringham Scout Group and the Jan Smuts Scout Group with hopefully a few more from the Halfway House Scout Group. These are the first Scouts to do the course after getting the Amateur Radio Interest Badge and Amateur Radio Operator Badges approved and finalised by Scouts South Africa.

Source SARL News

South Africa has two classes of licence:
• Class A is a HAREC licence equivalent to UK Full. It permits 400 watts output and requires a pass in a 60 question multiple choice exam
• Class B is equivalent to UK Foundation. It permits 100 watts output and requires a pass in a 30 question exam.

The Class B licence is only issued to people who are under 21-years-old. It is cancelled when the holder reaches their 25th birthday.

An HF Practical Assessment is required for both Class A and Class B licences and there are additional Practical Assessments to be completed for Class B.

Typically only 7 or 8 people do the Class B each year, apparently the radio amateurs who originally proposed Class B, introduced 2005, thought the age restriction would encourage "Progression".

The syllabus for Class A and Class B can be downloaded from

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WIA Board announces new President

Sunday 18th July 2021

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) board of directors convened their first meeting after the 2021 AGM, which is when the President and Vice President are appointed and all new directors are welcomed to the board.

Firstly all returning and new directors were congratulated on their appointments and then we all welcomed new Director, Peter Schrader VK4EA to the WIA board.

The WIA Board of Directors are proud to announce the appointments of Scott Williams VK3KJ as new WIA President and Lee Moyle VK3GK will continue as Vice President. All the directors thanked past President Greg Kelly VK2GPK for his commitment and contribution to the WIA during his past Presidential tenure. Greg Kelly continues on the WIA board as a valuable resource and support to assist new President Scott Williams as he transitions into the role.

A general meeting followed with some excellent initiatives tabled, including a focus on the aspects of increasing our utilization of social media platforms and memnet for information delivery to our WIA membership base. The board undertook a range of discussions focused towards improvement on the levels of customer service to members. It was acknowledged that the WIA board must introduce system
enhancements to triage member feedback and concerns. With a goal to address matters more timely and efficiently.

The mood was very upbeat as we look forward to the coming year ahead.

73 from Lee VK3GK

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The week of no WIA broadcasts

Sunday 18th July 2021

Almost 50 years ago, in 1971, there was a week when there were no WIA broadcasts from any state of Australia.


No it wasn't the RD weekend when many states such as VK6 and 7 didn't originate news, instead, concentrated on the contest.

On Sunday October 3, 1971 the Victorian Divisions Sunday morning broadcast contained material that was inappropriate for an Institute broadcast. PMG department people were listening in and were not impressed.

The WIA Federal Council under then president Michael Owen VK3KI (a familiar name to many) decided to voluntarily suspend broadcasts across all states for a week. That would give time for divisions to introduce safeguards to prevent a repetition.

This was thought preferable to action by the PMG that could have potentially involved withdrawing the concession that allowed WIA broadcasts to operate 'back in the day.'

You can read the full account in the SA WIA Journal for November 1971.

For more historic VK5 journals visit

Doug VK1ZDJ has spent hours scanning and uploading nearly 20 years of journals from 1959 so you can read them online to see how we were.


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QSO Today - Chip Angle, N6CA

Sunday 18th July 2021

Chip Angle, N6CA, harnessed an early interest in the bands, VHF to microwave, as a passion that continues to this day.

While he is active on every band, Chip pays special attention to low noise receiver performance on his radios that work well above 10 GHz.

This attention to detail and training from the aerospace industry allowed Chip to start his own company building low noise preamps, filters, duplexers, and other hardware ultimately used by government including NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

N6CA shares his ham radio story in this QSO Today.

Listen to the podcast

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Changes to calculating broadband USO quotes

Sunday 18th July 2021

Ofcom has today published a consultation on modifying our universal broadband service rules, to clarify how BT should provide quotes to customers who have applied to be connected under the scheme.

The UK Government introduced the universal broadband service to give everyone the right to request a decent and affordable broadband connection, subject to certain eligibility criteria. Under the scheme, BT will pay the cost of connecting eligible properties, providing the cost is £3,400 or less. If the required work costs more, the customer can choose to pay the difference.

BT must take into account that costs may be shared among other customers who could use the same infrastructure. However, BT has not been doing this in the way we expected and some customers have been asked to pay materially higher amounts than they should have been.

We opened an investigation into this and as a result, BT has agreed to change its approach for quotes where the cost of connecting a property is not significantly above the £3,400 threshold. BT has also agreed to refund affected customers and re-issue quotes it has previously provided. We have therefore suspended our investigation, but will monitor BT’s actions closely to ensure our concerns are addressed.

Proposed changes to USO rules

We are also proposing to modify our USO rules to clarify that where excess costs are very high, BT should inform customers of the total excess costs and gain agreement to cover these before delivering the connection. One or more customers in the local area can then cover all the excess costs of the build, including shared infrastructure.

These changes and BT’s assurances will result in a number of customers receiving lower quotes in the future, but the cost of connecting some properties – including those in the most remote parts of the UK – will remain very high. We will continue to work with industry and the Government to explore alternative technology and funding solutions for these hard-to-reach properties, which face very high excess costs to receive a decent broadband connection.

Today’s consultation closes on 10 September 2021, and we intend to publish our decision by the end of 2021.

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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 17th July 2021

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When you explore the landscape of amateur radio you'll discover an endless array of innovation. There's websites with photos and descriptions of activities, places discovered and lessons learnt. If you watch the growing collection of YouTube channels you'll discover videos describing what people have been up to, commenting on videos they've seen and you'll start to notice that people all over the community are pinging off each other. Social media does the same.

If you read an amateur magazine, or a book, you'll unearth references and counter-references, links and credits, descriptions gleaned and tests made, all of them interlinking and adding to the knowledge base that underpins the amateur radio community and society beyond it.

The same is true for on-air activity. Look at contesting for example, you'll hear descriptions from other contesters, sharing their lessons learnt which potentially influence how you do your next contesting activity. The same is true for working DX, operating any digital mode, running an on-air net, running a SOTA activation, anything.

The point being that you are influenced by others and everything you do influences somebody somewhere else who in turn influences the next person who might then influence you. On and on the chain grows.

This chain of knowledge goes back to the early science in our hobby, the works of James Clerk Maxwell who for the first time brought electricity, magnetism, and light together as different manifestations of the same phenomenon in 1864.

The reason we know this is because he published his work and without needing to leave home to see the original, anyone can read it today from the comfort of their living room thanks to the PDF that's on the Royal Society web-site.

The point being that Maxwell documented his work and shared it with the world.

In our hobby we've gone through the process of making our equipment from unobtainium, requiring that the actual components were constructed before you could actually put them together and use them for their intended purpose. We then went on the scrounge for parts from other equipment, acquiring surplus gear and through a phase where you could buy new components off the shelf and attach them to an etched circuit board. That evolved into being able to design a board, ordering it online, having it built for cents and shipped to our door.

Today an increasing component of our hobby evolves around software with its unique property of transience.

Unlike physical components, software is intangible. You imagine how something might work, you describe it in an imaginary language, convert it into something that can be run inside a computer, and if you did it right, the outcome gives you the basis for your next experiment.

When software reaches a certain level of complexity it becomes impossible to remember. You tweak something over here and something over there changes and unless you can keep all that together inside your brain as a cohesive imaginary model, you quickly run into a brick wall.

If you're a software developer you've likely heard of tools like CVS, SVN and git. They are examples of revision control. They're used extensively in software development, but increasingly they're being used to track changes in documents, legislation and places where change is constant.

As an aside, if you load the various versions of legal requirements of your license into revision control, you'll quickly discover that your license is slowly evolving over time, for better or worse. From personal experience, I know doing that for the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions in Australia was very interesting indeed.

Each of these tools gives you the ability to tweak something, track it and if it doesn't work out, revert to where you started your experiment. It's a little like using a soldering iron and a soldering wick, physical undo for experiments.

When I talk about Open Source software, I'm not only talking about the ability to look inside and add functionality, I'm also talking about accessing the history that goes with that.

Open Source software generally only works if it comes with a revision history, a trail of discovery outlined right there on your screen showing what worked, why and how it came about. There's often options for showing who made what change, which changes happened at the same time and the ability to extract that particular change. All essential ingredients for experimentation.

Closed Source software does all those things, but privately. It too likely uses revision control tools, even the same ones as Open Source, but the discoveries are held in-house, behind closed doors, used by a select few. The software evolves inside the organisation, but there's no insight for or from the outside world.

Of course, everyone is entitled to keep their stuff secret, but if you want to make a contribution to society outside the life of your walled garden, the only way forward is to publish and share your work like scientists have been doing well before the Royal Society held its first meeting on the 28th of November 1660.

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The Summer 2021 AM QSO Party is on Now!

Saturday 17th July 2021

Hello Everyone.

Summer 2021 AM QSO Party is on now!

Friday 16th 18:00 UTC until Sunday 18th July 17:59 UTC.

Do switch on and try and make a few QSO's on the various HF bands. There are certificates to be claimed if you are interested too. The bands have been quiet this evening (Friday), however I suspect there will be more life on Saturday and Sunday.


The organisers have decided to create operating windows for this event and a Spot Frequency on 7MHz which falls outside the 40m window. The purpose of these windows is to help people find one another, plus to avoid spreading across the whole of a band and making life too difficult to other users.

160m 1.900 - 1.950 MHz and (1.977 spot frequency)
80m 3.600 - 3.670 MHz
60m 5.317 MHz (spot frequency for Full licence holder in UK)
40m 7.150 - 7.199 MHz and (7.143 spot frequency)
20m 14.300 - 14.350 MHz
15m 21.300 - 21.350 MHz
10m 29.000 - 29.100 MHz

Full rules of the event can be found at:

Finally keep an ear out for GB0AMC (Amplitude Modulation Cymru) on Saturday, we would love to work you.


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ARRL HQ reopens after pandemic

Saturday 17th July 2021

The Bristol Press reports on the re-opening of the ARRL headquarters building in Newington, Connecticut

The newspaper says:

Marking the resiliency and importance of maintaining radio communication, the National Association for Amateur Radio turned up the dial Thursday and celebrated the reopening of its national headquarters in Newington.

“Amateur radio is a noble cause and one that brings me great pride and joy,” said Rick Roderick, president of the American Radio Relay League. “Over the last year, I’ve witnessed the extraordinary dedication of ARRL members, staff and board of directors, who without skipping a beat, have worked together to equip our members for the opportunities they need to serve an active and vibrant radio service for our country.”

ARRL board members from across the US, along with state and local elected officials, partner organizations such as the American Red Cross, the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, International Amateur Radio Union, Radio Amateurs of Canada, and other community members, gathered at ARRL’s national headquarters on Main Street for an official ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the rededication of radio services as the pandemic begins to ease.

After surviving two global pandemics, ARRL CEO David Minster said the organization and its members have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly while being able to continue to serve the public.

“This speaks to the resilience and dedication of our staff, board members and volunteers,” he said. “We are your friends and neighbors, we celebrate the good times and bad times, and we’re by your side when all else fails.

Read the full story at

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Ofcom respond to Call Sign Policy FoI

Saturday 17th July 2021

Ofcom say "If an applicant does not request a particular call sign, they will be assigned a previously unissued call sign or one that was last used more than 10 years ago"

Ofcom were asked:

- Please list the Date when Ofcom changed published policy on re-issuing Amateur radio call signs.

- Previously the RA, then Ofcom would only permit a previously issued call sign to be given to another amateur or a club, with written permission from the previous holder or the Previous holders Family. This was Policy for a number of years

- Now anyone can apply for a call sign that was previously held or issued, which means we have recent licencees, Holding G3 call signs When did Policy change, who agreed and why were us Amateurs not consulted on the Change, it is a  insult to Silent Keys and almost like Graverobbing that you hear Old call signs on the Air and I urge Ofcom to reconsider Policy.’

Ofcom replied:

UK amateur radio stations are identified with a unique call sign, which we assign. We ensure that these call signs comply with the UK’s international obligations, as set out in Article 19 of the Radio Regulations. These require call signs to be in a certain format, depending on the type of station. They expressly prohibit transmissions that have false or misleading identification. Where we manage station identities, including for amateur radio stations, we do so within those requirements.

We are unaware that Ofcom has ever applied a policy that a radio station call sign may be assigned only with the consent of another party. However, we decided in February 2020 that we would cease making generally available, call signs in a format originally used before WW2. This is set out in the footnote to the table of amateur radio call sign allocations, on the amateur radio information page of our website.

Paragraphs 1.16 to 1.18 of our online guidance describe our approach to reusing old call signs. If an amateur radio licence is surrendered (including cases where the previous holder has died), the call sign remains unavailable for two years. Thereafter, a subsequent applicant for a licence may expressly request the call sign though that is the only way that an applicant can obtain the call  sign. If an applicant does not request a particular call sign, they will be assigned a previously unissued call sign or one that was last used more than 10 years ago

Read the full FoI reply here

You can submit a Freedom of Information request to Ofcom online at

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RSGB releases results of Amateur Radio survey

Saturday 17th July 2021

In May 2021 the RSGB asked UK radio amateurs to give their views of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for amateur radio both currently and in the future

The Society has now published a 2 page article summarizing the results, the PDF is at

Follow the RSGB on Twitter

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Repeater troublemaker caught red-handed!

Friday 16th July 2021

Switzerland's national amateur radio society USKA reports on action to tackle the problem of repeater abuse

They carry a report from the UHF Group which says:

On July 2, 2021, in the morning on various 70 cm repeaters, increased interference in the form of DTMF and siren signals were heard again.

Various DF teams were encouraged to track down the troublemaker and with success - various bearings led to Bellevue / Gottschalkenberg (southeast of Menzingen), where two teams found an already known radio amateur at 12:30 p.m.

Two people then had intensive conversations with this troublemaker, who - as in a conversation on May 26, 2021 with another successfully tracker - pretended to be stupid and clueless. Due to the waterproof bearing results and the repeated encounter of the same person at the coordinates of the respective bearings, there is no doubt that we have found “the right one”.

Maybe it's just a pious wish, but we hope that the interferer's intelligence is sufficient to see that it is now time for his QRT.

It remains for us to express our thanks to all those who have supported us for weeks and months with their tips, their active help and thousands of kilometers driven. In the end, Hamspirit is what you achieve together - and not what you talk about autocratically and preferably by radio.



UHF Group source

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MOTA - Mines On The Air

Friday 16th July 2021

Most people are familiar with IOTA, SOTA, POTA, etc. Less well known, however, is MOTA or Mines On The Air

On the SSA site Stephan Leeman SM5YRA writes:

The activity has its origins in the USA and it is WJ0NF / Johnny from Colorado who has started it all. Here in Europe, however, there is quite little activity, but I have heard some stations from, among others, France that were running.

Maybe a fun idea to activate a mine during the summer? We have a lot in Sweden!

You can find more information at

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Cuba: IARU Region 2 congratulates FRC on 55th anniversary

Friday 16th July 2021

IARU-R2 has sent its congratulations to Federación de Radioaficionados de Cuba on its 55th anniversary

They said "Our congratulations to its Board of Directors and in general, to all Cuban radio amateurs."

A translation of the FRC report on the anniversary says:

The Federation of Radio Amateurs of Cuba (FRC) congratulates its more than 8 thousand associates on this 55th anniversary of its foundation 

The FRC, founded on July 15, 1966, is a Member Society of the IARU (International Amateur Radio Union), incorporated in the country under the legal rules governing the operation of associations. The FRC is a social interest organization and its creation pursues the objective of bringing together radio amateurs and facilitating their non-profit vocational improvement.

On each anniversary of the founding of the organization that brings together Cuban radio amateurs, we somehow celebrated it and met at the provincial Radio Clubs and Branches, to recall issues related to this historic event that occurred on July 15, 1966.

This date does not mean that previously, there were no amateur radio in Cuba who were considered its founders of which we still have with us a detachment that honors and accompanies us. July 15, 1966, rather marks the historic moment in which the Ministry of Communications, interposes its good offices to contribute with the newly created organization, to promote its integrative unity throughout the length and breadth of our country.

This event gave continuity to several previous attempts to create an organization that would represent us all and allow us to achieve the unity and cohesion that we lacked in those years when interests of regionalist origin were opposed. The efforts of many of its founders and MINCOM to achieve together the necessary unity that was essential for the advancement of the organization was great.

Read the full FRC story at

IARU Region 2 story

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Introduction to Antenna Modeling using EZNEC

Friday 16th July 2021

Introduction to Antenna Modeling using EZNEC will be presented by Greg Algieri WA1JXR at the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo coming August 14th and 15th.

For more information go to

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Farside explosion touches Earth

Friday 16th July 2021

Something just exploded on the farside of the sun. The blast was so potent, it peppered Earth with energetic particles even though the body of the sun was blocking the blast site.

This is the latest sign of increasing activity by young Solar Cycle 25.

Full story @

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Youth on the Air campers enjoy successful ISS contact, busy with other activities

Friday 16th July 2021

The first Youth on the Air (YOTA) camp for young radio amateurs in the Americas wraps up on Friday in West Chester, Ohio. Among other activities, the campers have been operating special event station W8Y from both the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting and from the camp hotel.

“Things are going really well,” Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, said on Wednesday evening. The earlier launch of a balloon carrying a ham radio payload was successful, he said, and — after pinpointing where the payload landed some 3 hours away — the campers were able to retrieve the package, thanks to some understanding landowners. Rapp said the balloon reached approximately 100,000 feet.

Rapp said that campers have gotten along well from the first day, and problems in general have been few and minor.

Several of the approximately two dozen campers got to ask questions of ISS crew member Akihiko Hoshide, KE5DNI, during a Tuesday Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact. Responding to a query posed by Graham, KO4FJK, Hoshide said the most interesting things he’s seen from space included flying through an aurora and looking down at “shooting stars” from the ISS. He also said the ISS crew was able to view a partial lunar eclipse from space.

Another camper, Adam, KD9KIS, wanted to know how often the ISS crew members use the onboard ham station.

Hoshide said individual crew members may get on the radio every couple of weeks or so or as the opportunity arises.

“This ARISS contact is intended to inspire these young hams to learn more about communication using amateur satellites and making ARISS radio contacts,” ARISS said this week in announcing the contact date. ARISS team member John Sygo, ZS6JON, in South Africa served as the telebridge relay station for the late morning event, which was streamed live via YouTube.

Read the full ARRL article

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Amateur radio tower: Judge says Framingham zoning board of appeals 'erred'

Thursday 15th July 2021

A judge overturned a ZBA decision and ruled a magnificent 80-foot high amateur radio tower can be erected in the City of Framingham

The Framingham Source story says:

The Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) will discuss the 2020 court case involving amateur radio operator Galina Filippova versus the ZBA, which ruled in favor of Filippova, at its meeting on Wednesday, July 14 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Building’s Blumer Community Room. The public can attend the room in person or via Zoom.

Judge Howard Speicher ruled against the Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals, and reinstated Filippova’s building permit, which had been previously revoked by the ZBA.

In 2019, Galina Filippova’s husband Mikhail Filippov KD1MF was issued a permit by the board to build an 80-foot amateur radio tower on the couple’s property, located at 273 Prospect Street. But once Filippova began to pour the foundation for the project, neighbors voiced complaints, and the ZBA voted not to issue the permit.

Read the full story at

Eastern Massachusetts ARRL report

"Attorney Fred Hopengarten K1VR literally wrote the book on how to get a personal radio tower approved by your local government"

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IARUMS June newsletter now available

Thursday 15th July 2021

The IARU Region 1 Monitoring System newsletter reports Over-The-Horizon Radar (OTHR) were and still are the main nuisance for radio amateurs

With the summer propagation conditions and thanks to several sporadic E-layers (Es for short), numerous driftnet radio buoys (DRB) and other fishing gear were heard again in the 10 m band, illegally serving the marking of fishing nets at sea.

They can be mostly received at the 28000 kHz to 28450 kHz part of the 10 m band, their transmissions being short but sent repeatedly every few minutes all day long. For identification, a short letter code is transmitted in CW (A1A), consisting of 1 to 3 letters.

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 June 2021 newsletter can be read at

Recordings of military transmissions can be found on the Signal Identification Guide Wiki at

Monitor the short wave bands on-line with a web based SDR receiver at

IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS)

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NASA TV to air launch of Space Station module, departure of another

Thursday 15th July 2021

The Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module undergoes final processing at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
in preparation for its launch to the International Space Station on a Proton rocket. Credits: Roscosmos

NASA will provide live coverage of a new Russian science module’s launch and automated docking to the International Space Station, and the undocking of another module that has been part of the orbital outpost for the past 20 years. Live coverage of all events will be available on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.

The uncrewed Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM), named Nauka, the Russian word for “science,” is scheduled to launch at 10:58 a.m. EDT (7:58 p.m. Baikonur time) Wednesday, July 21 on a three-stage Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Live launch coverage will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Two days later, on Friday, July 23, the uncrewed ISS Progress 77 spacecraft will undock from the Russian segment of the station while attached to the Pirs docking compartment. With Pirs attached, Progress 77 is scheduled to undock at 9:17 a.m. Live coverage of undocking will begin at 8:45 a.m. A few hours later, Progress’ engines will fire in a deorbit maneuver to send the cargo craft and Pirs into a destructive reentry in the Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean. Deorbit and reentry will not be covered on NASA TV.

After Nauka completes eight days in free-flight to allow Russian flight controllers to evaluate its systems, the 43-foot long, 23-ton module will automatically link up to the port on the Earth-facing side of the Russian segment station, vacated by the departure of Pirs. Docking is scheduled for 9:25 a.m. Thursday, July 29, with live coverage begining at 8:30 a.m.

Nauka will serve as a new science facility, docking port, and spacewalk airlock for future operations. Pirs has been part of the space station since September 2001, functioning as a docking port for Russian visiting spacecraft and an airlock for Russian spacewalks.

For more than 20 years, astronauts have continuously lived and worked on the space station, testing technologies, performing science, and developing the skills needed to explore farther from Earth. Through NASA’s Artemis program, the agency will send the first woman and the first person of color to the Moon’s surface, and eventually expand human exploration to Mars. Inspiring the next generation of explorers – the Artemis Generation – ensures America will continue to lead in space exploration and discovery.

Get breaking news, images and features from the space station on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Ofcom Consultation: Licence fees for 2100 MHz spectrum

Thursday 15th July 2021

Ofcom has published the proposed annual licence fees for spectrum licences in the 2100 MHz band

This spectrum was originally auctioned in 2000, with a fixed licence term of 20 years, to deliver 3G services. The licences, which are currently held by the four mobile network operators, include paired and unpaired spectrum.

In 2011, and following a UK Government direction, we varied the terms of these licences to make them indefinite and to require the payment of annual licence fees from 1 January 2022. The UK Government direction requires Ofcom to set annual licence fees that reflect the full market value of the spectrum.

We have proposed the following annual licence fees:

• £0.567m per MHz for the 119.1 MHz of paired 2100 MHz spectrum
• £0.290m per MHz for the 20.1 MHz of unpaired 2100 MHz spectrum

We are also proposing that these fees increase by CPI each year.

We welcome responses to this consultation by 5pm on 8 September.

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RSM needs your input

Thursday 15th July 2021

New Zealand's Radio Spectrum Management says: We need your input to help us improve the products and services we provide to radio spectrum clients

Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) is currently conducting a survey of radio spectrum clients to help understand the level of service we are providing so that we can look at how we can better meet your needs.

This survey is a great opportunity for you to tell us about your recent experiences and thoughts on how we can improve our services. NielsenIQ, an independent research company, will be carrying out this confidential survey on behalf of RSM and results will not be reported in a way that will allow you to be individually identified.

You should have been contacted by the research provider with detail about the survey and how to take part. We are really interested to hear your feedback and encourage you to take some time to complete the survey.

If you have not received this request and would like to participate please email, this opportunity is due to close by the end of this week so don't miss out.

Radio Spectrum Management

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Ham radio in Yachting Monthly mag

Thursday 15th July 2021

Yachting Monthly magazine looks at the use of amateur radio on the ocean waves and interviews Bill Walker M0WTW 

The magazine article by Barry Pickthall says:

Bill Walker [M0WTW], a retired electronics engineer and life-long ham Radio enthusiast who sails a Halberg-Rassy 37 with his wife Judy out of Chichester, has his radio shack in his back garden, high on a hill in Tunbridge Wells where he gets a 90-mile signal range on VHF and worldwide coverage on HF frequencies when propagation is good.

‘There is no restriction on listening to broadcasts over the ham net, but the authorities are now very proactive in policing rogue ham radio operators,’ he says.

For a start, there is an international language code to be learned when abbreviating common phrases to make it easier to understand when the signal strength is poor.

An amateur radio licence opens up a range of communication types, including free access to a network of amateur satellites and worldwide radio connectivity via the internet.

These types of communications are not affected by the vagaries of HF radio propagation.

Read the full article at

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Thursday 15th July 2021

Island activities:
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON

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

AS-117; JA3,4,9; Honshu's Coastal Islands West:
Kenji/JA4GXS is going to sign JA4GXS/4 on July 16 and 17 from Otsu Island on 40, 20, 17, and 6m (CW, SSB, FT8). QSL via JA4GXS (d/B).

AS-149; R0F, Sakhalin's Coastal Islands:
Andrey/R9YU, Alexander/RA3DS, Mikhail/ RA9Y, Vladimir/RN5A, Eugene/RX3AMI, and Vladimir/UA3A activate Moneron Island (RDA SL-16, RRNA R-36-????, RFF-0193, RRA RR-16-01, WLOTA 0006, RLHA 030) as RI0FM between July 15 and 31. QRV with two rigs on HF (CW, SSB, FT8) and during the IOTA Contest. QSL via UA3A (d/B).

EU-050; I*7, Puglia (Foggia) Region group:
Franco/IK4YCQ operates holiday-style as IL7/IK4YCQ from San Domino Island (IIA Q001, WLOTA 1284, MIA MI-085, WAIL PU-037) between July 18 and 27 on 40-10m. QSL via IK4YCQ (d/B), ClubLog, LoTW.

EU-090; 9A, Palagruza Islands:
Mato/ 9A3SM, Miran/S50O, Silvo/S50X, Hubi/S53Z, and Milan/S58MU activate Palagruza Island (IOCA CI-084, MIA MC-284, WLOTA 0057, CLH-100, ARLHS CRO-012, WW Loc. JN82dj) between the 16th and 31st, signing 9A/homecalls and 9A3SM/p on HF. During the IOTA Contest their call will be 9A21A. QSL for 9A21A via S58MU (d/B), all others via homecalls (d/B).

NA-048; C6, Bimini Islands:
Duane/N4RRR, John/K4KSW, Terry/N4QBS, and Richard/NN2T have to postpone their trip to Bimini (scheduled for July 14 to 21 as C6AHA) into October. More information to follow.

NA-142; W4, Florida State North West (Escambia to Walton County) group:
Bodo/DF8DX plans to operate from Santa Rosa Island between July 17 and 19 as KT3Q/4, while being on a business trip. QSL via DF8DX (d/B).

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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List of CEPT ham radio allocations

Wednesday 14th July 2021

The DARC has made available a comprehensive list of the amateur radio allocations for the CEPT Class 1 and CEPT Novice licences in all the CEPT signatory countries

The CEPT license is based on the basic idea that radio operations can be carried out during a short stay in another country without having to apply for a guest license for this country. There are two CEPT recommendations for this, which, however, only apply in the respective country if they have been implemented in national law there.

The CEPT recommendation T/R 61-01 describes the CEPT Radio Amateur License. It corresponds to the German class A. The CEPT recommendation ECC/REC/(05) 06 concerns the CEPT Novice Radio Amateur License. It corresponds to the German class E.

The list contains the operating parameters (frequency ranges, power classes, operating modes, etc.) for short-term operation in the relevant countries.

Download the list from

In addition to the CEPT Class 1 (equiv USA Extra) and CEPT Novice (equiv USA General) many CEPT member countries have also implemented the equivalent of the CEPT Entry Level license (equiv USA Technician) that is covered in ECC Report 89

While the UK has not yet joined in with other countries in permitting amateur Entry Level or Novice reciprocal operation, UK Foundation and Intermediate license holders can operate when on holiday in many other countries if they first contact the national regulator by email and ask for permission.

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Tidworth veteran's radio mast refused

Wednesday 14th July 2021

Wiltshire Council have rejected a request for planning permission submitted by Bob Coleman G0WYD for a retractable mast that had been installed six years ago

The Andover Advertiser newspaper reports

He said that the hobby was one of few open to him, adding: “Due to various spinal surgeries, I am unable to play the sports I used to love. Radio communication is one of the few hobbies I can do and it plays a large part in keeping me mentally healthy, especially in the last year”.

Read the Andover Advertiser story at

Bob G0WYD comments on the situation in his QRZ entry

RSGB Planning Advice Booklet

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Kit building at Youth on the Air (YOTA) Camp

Wednesday 14th July 2021

A video of the first full day of Youth on the Air Camp Americas 2021 has been released, featuring Kit Building and Contesting

From July 11-16 the Youth on the Air committee in the Americas is holding the first ever camp for and by young amateurs (aged 15-25) in the United States.

Watch Youth on the Air Americas 2021 Camp Highlight Video - Monday

Youth on the Air

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Cosmic ray update: Atmospheric radiation is changing

Wednesday 14th July 2021

Something is happening to the air above our heads.

Atmospheric radiation is decreasing, according to new data from cosmic ray balloons.
This is an ironic sign that young Solar Cycle 25 is gaining strength.

Full story @

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ARISS contact scheduled for Youth on The Air Camp (YOTA) 2021

Wednesday 14th July 2021

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has received schedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact with astronauts

ARISS is the group that puts together special amateur radio contacts between students around the globe and crew members with ham radio licenses on the International Space Station (ISS).

This will be a telebridge contact via amateur radio and students will take turns asking their questions of Akihiko Hoshide, amateur radio call sign KE5DNI. English is the language that will be used during this contact.  Both onsite and remote access will be provided to the student body at the time of the contact per Covid-19 guidelines. The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHZ and may be heard by listeners that are within the ISS-footprint that also encompasses the telebridge station.

ARISS team member John Sygo in Paardekraal, South Africa, call sign ZS6JON will serve as the relay amateur radio station.

The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for July 14, 2021 at 11:03 am EDT (West Chester, OH), (15:03 UTC, 10:03 am CDT, 9:03 am MDT and 8:03 am PDT).

Youth on the Air 2021 (YOTA) is a week-long camp (July 11-16) for ham radio operators ages 15-25 from across North, Central, and South America, and is held at the Voice of America Museum in West Chester, OH.

The VOA Museum and the West Chester Amateur Radio Club (WC8VOA) is partnering with this YOTA Region 2 Camp event. They will provide ham radio educational activities for camp participants and support the ARISS contact. This camp event is designed to help licensed students to take ham radio to the next level by providing them with unique experiences and technologies, and the opportunity to meet other young hams. The camp staff is a collection of experienced ham volunteers from across the Americas.

Young hams that are staff and some that are volunteers from local amateur radio clubs will lead activities. These include: kit building, antenna building, transmitter hunting and direction finding, digital modes, and a high-altitude balloon launch.  

Amateur satellite operation is one of the workshops provided; others included effective radio communications, local history of ham radio, and using amateur radio during emergencies. This ARISS contact is intended to inspire these young hams to learn more about communication using amateur satellites and making ARISS radio contacts.


Youth on the Air

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Ofcom proposes cell-phone mast power increase

Wednesday 14th July 2021

UK regulator Ofcom plans to double the power used by cell-phone masts in the 800 MHz band. Permitted power will increase from 1259 watts/(5 MHz) to 2512 watts/(5 MHz) EIRP  

Ofcom is proposing to update the technical conditions for spectrum licences in the 800 MHz band, which could help mobile companies improve the coverage and capacity of their networks.

The proposals would increase the permitted power output for the equipment mobile operators use in the band, bringing it in-line with the conditions in place for the recently awarded 700 MHz band. Under the proposals,  the power limits for licences would also be measured per antenna rather than per each individual piece of radio equipment.

The update also includes measures to ensure operators avoid interference with other nearby spectrum users, such as the airwaves used for Digital Terrestrial Television.

Separately, we have also published notice of minor amendments to the regulations regarding use of short-range devices, to correct drafting errors. There are no changes to our policies in this area.

Cell-phone power Consultation is at

Licence exemption Consultation is at

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Fun with HF QRP pedestrian mobile

Wednesday 14th July 2021

Fun with HF QRP Pedestrian Mobile will be presented by Peter Parker VK3YE at the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo coming August 14th and 15th.

For more information go to

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Dominica Formalizing Amateur Radio Guidelines and Standards

Wednesday 14th July 2021

The ARRL reports on the consultation being held in Commonwealth member Dominica about new amateur radio rules. The regulator NTRC has studied existing regulations in Australia, Canada, Saint Lucia and USA

The ARRL says:

With a population just north of 71,000, the Caribbean island country of Dominica (J7) boasts a modest but active ham radio population. Given Dominica’s vulnerability to hurricanes, the ham radio emphasis often focuses on emergency communication support. In 2017, after Hurricane Maria hit the tiny island, ham radio filled a huge telecommunications gap. Now the country’s telecommunications regulator is asking hams to help formulate new amateur radio guidelines and standards. Dominica’s National Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (NTRC) collected comments until July 12 from radio amateurs participating in a “consultation” (what the US FCC would call a “proceeding”) that could lead to a formal and better-documented set of rules and regulations.

“There is limited guidance for those who seek to utilize the telecommunications media for their own personal use, enjoyment, and fulfilment as hobby, as in the case of amateur radio,” the NTRC said in the consultation document. “Generally, [amateur radio] is self-regulating, and so the involvement of the telecommunications regulator is minimized. Though the amateur radio clubs generally do their best to provide some level of guidance and support to existing and prospective operators, there is great need for a formal and comprehensive set of guidelines and standards for the operation of Amateur Radio Services in Dominica.”

Resources used in developing the draft proposals included ARRL, the FCC’s Part 97 amateur radio rules, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

“A primary source for this document was the Code of Federal Regulations (Title 47, Part 97), due to its comprehensiveness and its informal adoption in certain parts by the local amateur radio fraternity,” the NTRC said. Specific ARRL resources included The ARRL FCC Rule Book; The ARRL Operating Manual for Radio Amateurs, and The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications. The regulators also looked at Canada’s and Australia’s amateur radio rules. The proposals would provide for three license classes — Novice, General, and Advanced — as well as the licensing procedures for each.

The NTRC held a public meeting via Zoom in mid-June to “highlight and clarify important issues” regarding the consultation. NTRC personnel later met with amateur radio club representatives at the NTRC’s office. Under Telecommunications Act No. 8 of 2000 and its associated regulations, the NTRC oversees compliance with all telecommunication rules in Dominica, including amateur radio. The NTRC also manages amateur radio spectrum.

Following the initial comment period, the NTRC will review the comments and subsequently submit the Revised Draft Amateur Radio Guidelines and Standards document for the comments on the initial comments received. The NTRC will also review these comments and finalize the policy document, taking all views into consideration, to adopt and publish the Amateur Radio Guidelines and Standards document.

Source ARRL

Full details of the consultation can be found at

Dominica News

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Youth On The Air 2021 Jeri Ellsworth

Wednesday 14th July 2021

I was asked to share why ham radio had a major impact on my life.

Mentors I found through this hobby have always been there for me!

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QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

Tuesday 13th July 2021

The next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo is a month away, Live from August 14-15, 2021 and then on-demand for 30 days.

It’s a great experience for those that want to improve their amateur radio knowledge and get exposed to new ideas, cutting edge ham radio technology, and practical techniques.

And no need to travel - anyone can participate from their home or office! Information can be found at

At the Expo, you can listen and engage with almost 100 internationally recognized ham radio luminaries on approximately 18 different topic areas - there is something for everyone. Topics include: Antennas and Transmission Lines, Build-A-Thons, Contesting/DX, Controllers, Digital Voice Mode, Emergency Communications, Filters and Tuned Circuits, Future of Amateur Radio, Ham History, HF Digital Modes, New License - Now What?, Power Amplifiers, Propagation, Radio Astronomy, Software and Services, Space and Satellites, Test and Measurement, and Youth in Amateur Radio.

Here are a few examples of speakers you’ll want to listen to: (a complete list of speakers can be found at

“Antennas and Transmission Lines” Track:

Small Transmitting Loop Design Project: Learn about STLcalc, an open-source program providing a flexible design aide for STL and Magnetic Loop antennas that can respond to user's changing needs and design goals. (August Hansen, KB0YH)

Compromise Beverage Antennas Hear Better Than You Think! Don’t give up easily on trying a Beverage receiving antenna. Discover how to overcome non-ideal terrain and space limitations. (Geoffrey Mendenhall, W8GNM)

Fun with HF QRP Pedestrian Mobile: A look at two antennas for HF pedestrian mobile and the results possible. (Peter Parker, VK3YE)

N4KC's Top 5 Get-On-The-Air-Quick Antennas: Recommendations for the top five simplest, most effective antennas to consider for your station. (Don Keith, N4KC)

“New License - Now What” track:

HF Noise Mitigation: Learn about the various sources of noise, and how to mitigate noise using a variety of techniques. (Mike Ritz, W7VO)

How to Hammer your Next Ham Exam: Discover the steps to take to master the material and excel in your next ham exam. (Michael Burnette, AF7KB)

Six Winning Ways to Get Contacts on HF: Get tips on six winning ways to make HF contacts. (Peter Parker, AK3YE)

Technician Licensees, Life Beyond Local Repeaters: Explore the world of activities, modes and bands available beyond local repeaters. (Anthony Luscre, K8ZT)

Watch as many presentations as you want! A big limitation of in-person events is that you can’t watch many of the presentations (you can only be in one room at a time). At the Expo, return anytime within 30 days to view any of the presentations that you missed as well as explore exhibitor offerings. At our last Expo, our 7,500 attendees downloaded 100,000 presentations during the 30 day on-demand period.

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio® in the United States, is a QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Partner. FlexRadio is the Expo’s Platinum Sponsor. Gold Sponsor’s are Elecraft and RFinder.

Early Bird Tickets are just $10 and then $12.50 “at the door”. Access to only the Exhibitor area is free. And save thousands of dollars since you won’t spend on travel, food, and lodging.
For more information, go to

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Main Website

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Special CW Event

Tuesday 13th July 2021

To celebrate the 1st anniversary of the international group 'The Slow Morse Club' on Facebook, the special callsigns TM1SMC (operated by Jeff/F4IIQ) for France, GB1SMC (operated by Ray/G0OKR) for England and EI1SMC (operated by John/EI3HQB and Keith/EI5KJ) for Ireland will be active between July 17-25th.

This group aims to encourage new operators and SWLs to learn Morse code, but also to bring together those who enjoy CW at a more relaxing pace. The group already brings together more than 1,800 members around the globe.

The callsign TM1SMC will be active on the bands between 80-2 meters on CW and SSB. A special paper QSL card will be sent by the Bureau to each station present in the log and to the SWLs which request it.

Please send your QSL and SWL reports via F4IIQ (QSL Manager). Do not hesitate to consult the TM1SMC page for more information about the event.

You can can find the group's FaceBook page at:


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The ZS2 Sprint

Tuesday 13th July 2021

The ZS2 Sprint on 18 July. This is a fun activity to promote contacts between radio amateurs in the Eastern Cape and radio amateurs in Southern African countries.

This means everybody works ZS2 stations and ZS2 stations works everybody and NOT everybody works everybody!

It is a CW and phone activity on 40 metres and is on the air from 14:00 to 15:00 UTC (16:00 to 17:00 CAT) on Sunday 18 July 2021. The exchange is an RS or RST report and your provincial or country abbreviation.

Logs, in ADIF, Cabrillo or MS Excel format must be sent to by 23:59 CAT on Friday 23 July 2021.

The rules are on page 73 of the 2021 Blue Book.

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The RV Braveheart for sale

Tuesday 13th July 2021

The RV Braveheart, is well known to most serious DXers, and it has been chartered by numerous DXpedition teams over the years, is now up for sale. The asking price is 250,000 New Zealand Dollars or approximately 145,600 Euro.

The research and expedition ship was built in Japan in 1981 and is now registered in New Zealand.
It is 36 metres long with a beam of 9.5 Metres and has berths for 6 crew members and 12 passengers.

The Braveheart while owned by Nigel Jolly was responsible for providing a new country to many DXers world-wide and our own Declan EI6FR made trips on her to operate at ZL9CI, VP8THU, VP8GEO and ZL8R. Let us hope that the new owners will be as accommodating to the amateur radio community.


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A History of Amateur Radio in Newfoundland

Tuesday 13th July 2021

The Muse reports amateur or 'ham' radio has a rich history in Newfoundland and Labrador.

It gives us the ability to transmit messages over long distances without wires or the internet. In 1901, Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless radio transmission from Signal Hill. From this monumental event sprang the Newfoundland Radio Club. This club persisted until 1959 when it was dissolved, and the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs was formed in its place. SONRA is still active today. 

The term 'amateur' does not indicate the level of expertise of the operator and instead indicates the fact that it is illegal to use ham radio for commercial purposes or profit. Amateur radio can be used for entertainment and as a hobby for SONRA members. It is also essential for transmitting and receiving communications across the province during emergencies such as natural disasters or devastating weather. During Snowmaggedon in 2020, SONRA used amateur radio to aid in notifying emergency services when communities on the Burin Peninsula lost the ability to communicate with each other through phone and internet.

While the loss of communication during an emergency can be devastating, SONRA members are able and willing to aid those in need with their expertise in amateur radio. Learning how to identify an amateur radio operator in your neighbourhood in case of an emergency is part of the training that SONRA is happy to provide to members of the public at their open meetings. The easiest way to identify an amateur radio operator is by their VO license plate, meaning they are available to help in case of emergencies and their vehicle is likely equipped with ham radio equipment.

Read the full story from The Muse

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NASA launches Entrepreneurs Challenge to identify innovative ideas

Tuesday 13th July 2021

NASA is announcing its 2021 Entrepreneurs Challenge to invite fresh ideas and new participants that will lead to new instruments and technologies with the potential to advance the agency’s science mission goals. The agency’s Science Mission Directorate is seeking novel ideas that focus on priority areas for the commercial sector. The Entrepreneurs Challenge aligns with NASA’s goal to foster innovation and develop new technologies at lower costs while sourcing ideas from across the country with an emphasis on reaching out to underserved communities.

“NASA relies on innovative technology to advance our crucial science goals,” said Nicole Rayl, the acting chief technologist for science at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Today’s novel ideas enable tomorrow’s cutting-edge research – and we sponsor and support such technology development through every step of that process. We’re always so excited to see the creativity launched by challenges like this.”Successful participants will contribute ideas that advance the state of the art in three broadly defined science technology focus areas:

To encourage entrepreneurs to participate in the challenge, the Science Mission Directorate will award finalists as much as $90,000 through a two-stage process. NASA will encourage all awardees to take part in follow-on activities provided by its Small Business Innovative Research program to learn about additional ways to work with the agency. In Round One, each participant will submit a five-page white paper that broadly describes the capability their idea offers and its relevance to a specific science-enabling area of technology. A NASA panel will select as many as 20 top ideas to advance to the next round of the competition, awarding each winner $10,000. Companies that advance to Round Two will develop their concepts into detailed submissions.

Participants will submit a more comprehensive white paper and participate in a live Virtual Pitch Event. A NASA judging panel will evaluate them based on their white papers and pitches. Venture capital firms with an interest in the topic areas will be invited to attend the Virtual Pitch Event. At the conclusion of the event, the judging panel will award up to 10 of the highest scoring teams $80,000 each.
To learn more about the Entrepreneurs Challenge and apply, please go to:

For more information about NASA’s science and technology activities, please visit:

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Old QSL Collection

Tuesday 13th July 2021

Jean Michel, F6AJA, wants to remind everyone to visit the Les Nouvelles DX (LNDX) Web page to see more than 19,100 old QSL cards in several different albums/galleries.

This site contains:

- The ten most wanted DXCC entities (2009 to 2018) with more than 600 QSLs
- At least one card for each 62 deleted DXCC countries (more than 2100+ QSLs)
- Nearest the totality of current prefixes, disappeared now (more than 6100+ QSLs)
- Album for stations from North Africa 1945-1962 (500+ QSLs)
- Album for D2/DL2, D4/DL4, D5/DL5, DA1/DA2 stations after 1945 (+ de 600 QSLs)
- More than 1000 QSLs from the Antarctic bases.
- With 290 QSLs from the TAAF (Terres Australes and Antarctiques Francaises).
- More than 100 cards from Eparses Islands such as FR/B/E/G/J/T
- More than 500 QSLs for the rare French Pacific Islands such as FK, FK/C, FO/C, FO/A, FO/M, FO/C and FW
- The FG, FM, FP, FS, FY stations from 1945 to 1969
- Commemoratives stations for ITU and IARU with more than 900 QSL.
- More than 3900 cards for the old timer with more than 170 countries before 1945.
- Cards from the French Department before 1945.
- At least one card from each of the states in the U.S. before 1945.

The URL address for the Web site is:
Some cards are still needed for the collection, and your participation is welcome. Only a ".jpg" file (both sides of the card) is required.
Please visit the site and give them your comments by sending an E-mail to:


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National Short Wave Listeners Club

Tuesday 13th July 2021

Ireland's IRTS News report that meetings of the National Shortwave Club on Sunday evenings at 2000 on the Zoom platform will continue over the Summer months and they continue to attract around half of the membership of almost 120 most weeks.

A decision has been made to suspend the weekly Wednesday revision classes until it looks like an examination will be held within a reasonable time. Hopes are high that following next Thursdays Government announcement, an exam date will be published as soon as possible thereafter.

Interest in the new on-line classes which will begin in the autumn is already high and anyone interested is invited to reserve their place via email to ‘training at’

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The Winter QRP Contest

Tuesday 13th July 2021

The QRP contests are intended to be fun activities to promote QRP operation between radio amateurs. Using home-built equipment or operating as a portable/field station and using temporary antennas is encouraged but is not a requirement.

The Winter QRP Contest runs from 12:00 to 13:30 UTC (14:00 to 15:30 CAT) on Saturday 17 July 2021 with CW and phone activity using 5 W or less. The first 45 minutes are limited to the 40 m band only, the remaining 45 minutes the contesters are free to use any HF (non-WARC) band as they see fit.

The exchange is an RS or RST report and your six-character Grid locator.
Logs in ADIF, Cabrillo or MS Excel format with a summary sheet must be sent to by 23:59 CAT on Thursday 22 July 2021.

Get all the rules on page 95 of the 2021 Blue Book.

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Slow Morse Club EI1SMC 17th to the 25th July

Monday 12th July 2021

Starting next Saturday, July 17th and running for 9 consecutive days until Sunday July 25th special event stations EI1SMC, GB1SMC and TM1SMC will celebrating the 'Slow Morse Club's' first year of operation. Intended for those radio operators who prefer a more leisurely approach to using or learning CW, the Slow Morse Club welcomes new, and not so new CW operators from around the globe and now has over 1900 members.

Both CW and SSB modes will be used by all three special event stations from time to time on HF and VHF amateur bands as propagation permits.

From Monday the 19th to Friday July 23rd, EI1SMC operated by Keith EI5KJ and John EI3HQB can be found working at 10 to 12 words per minute CW (with extended pauses between letters) each afternoon from 1500z on either 80 metres (3.550 to 3.560Mhz), 40 metres (7.020 to 7.030MHz), 30 metres (10.110 to 10,120MHz), or 20 metres (14.050 to 14.060MHz) depending on the vagaries of afternoon propagation.

Keep an eye on the cluster and the Slow Morse Club Facebook page for more updates.


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OH2BH Book now available online for free

Monday 12th July 2021

Marti Lane OH2BH is one of the world’s best known DXers and his book 'Where Do We Go Next' published in 1991 has gone on to be a classic with over 12,000 copies published in four languages.

Now, thanks to the Northern Californian DX Foundation, it is available for free download as a PDF online at

The 300 page book looks at all aspects of DXpeditions from both an organiser and operators’ point of view.

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines Islands

Monday 12th July 2021

Brian, GW4DVB, will once again be active as J88PI from Palm Island (aka Prune Island, WW Loc. FK92HO, IOTA NA-025), in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Island group, between July 24th and August 1st.

Activity will be holiday style on 40/20/17/15/10/6 meters using CW, SSB, SSTV and FT8. He will use a Yaesu FT991A into a 10m vertical antenna, a M0CVO HW-40HP off center fed dipole and possibly new antennas.

QSL via GW4DVB direct only (PayPal available) to:
PO Box 20:20, Llanharan, Ponty-clun, Wales - UK CF72 9ZA. For more details and updates, check:

ADDED NOTE: Palm Island is an exclusive, private-island resort. This idyllic tropical hideaway is situated near the southern tip of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an idyllic archipelago of 32 tropical islands and cays known for its stunning natural beauty, clear, warm waters and turtles

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Swiss radio amateurs face fee to use QO-100

Sunday 11th July 2021

The Swiss communications regulator OFCOM charges £55 (CHF 70) to issue radio amateurs with special permits to use the QO-100 amateur satellite transponders

A post on the USKA website indicates OFCOM wishes to protect license-exempt users in 2.4 GHz and OFCOM reserves the right to withdraw the special permit if there are problems.

The special permit entitles the holder to use a transmitter with a maximum output of 100 W PEP for a satellite uplink in 2400-2410 MHz.  As part of their application radio amateurs must submit the following information:

• Call sign and license number
• Location (place name, address)
• CH coordinates (new coordinates, e.g. 2,600,000 / 1,200,000, not Google degrees!)
• Antenna gain (dBi)
• Antenna height above ground (m)
• Direction of the antenna (°)
• Elevation of the antenna (°)
• e-mail address
• Telephone number at which the surgeon can be reached while the system is in operation

Switzerland's national amateur radio society USKA

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Strong support for this year's ILLW

Sunday 11th July 2021

Set for 21 and 22 August, the 24th annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) will be back, despite the disruption of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Each year, typically on the third weekend of August, participants set up portable stations at or near lighthouses and lightships around the world. Last year, prospects for the event were looking dim, but “regular supporters wanted the event to be a beacon of hope,” the event’s sponsor said. More than 360 registrations from 43 countries backed up their belief.

As of 8 July, this year’s registration tally had already topped 211, with 29 participants from Australia, 25 from the United Kingdom, 51 from Germany, 23 from the USA, and 6 from South Africa. The ILLW typically attracts entries for some 500 lighthouses in over 40 countries. The event has few rules and is not a typical contest-type event.

The ILLW will begin at 00:01 UTC on 21 August and continue through to 24:00 UTC on 22 August.
Each station’s operators decide how they will operate their station regarding modes and bands. There are no power restrictions or entry classes and no scores.

“We wish operators to enjoy themselves and have fun while contacting as many amateur radio stations as possible,” ILLW said in the event announcement. “We request stations take time to work other lighthouses or lightships, as well as the slow operators or newly licensed or QRP stations.” Participants contact the relevant authorities to get permission to operate. It is within the guidelines of the event to move operations from a lighthouse to a museum for historic reasons. In any case, the lighthouse should be visible to, and visited by, the public wherever possible.

Visit the ILLW website for more information.

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Hidden radios in home devices (IOT)! The next cyberthreat

Sunday 11th July 2021

Did you know that your IOT devices are secretly communicating with each other?

This includes IOT devices that are not in your home. Did you know that what your IOT devices do may be transmitted to third parties? Did you know that your TV may also have the capability and may currently be transmitting your activity far and wide?

There are secret communications occurring between IOT devices using protocols like Bluetooth LE, Zigbee, Thread, 802.15, and LoRa that you likely didn't expect or was not explained when you bought these devices.

Just like Amazon Echo has been conscripted to work with the Amazon Sidewalk Mesh network, other networks are in operation and some are completely unknown. Learn about these in this video.

Can you jam these devices? This is answered at the end of the video.

Here are Transceiver Development Kits that techie people can use to play with radio frequencies and see what is actually going on.

HackOne RF
Texas Instruments LaunchXL Dev Kit
Arduino Nano 33 IOT
LoRa Development Kit

Radio Frequency Detection Device - DefCon DD-1206
(covers 40mhz - 4ghz)

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Janet K0JE and Janice K0JA - ham radio twins

Sunday 11th July 2021

Minnesota's Star Tribune reports on radio amateur twins - 86 year-old Janet K0JE and Janice Robidoux K0JA

The newspaper says:

The 86-year-old identical twins studied electrical engineering and worked for pioneering computer companies at a time when few women had careers in STEM fields.

They've traveled the world via the airwaves as avid ham radio operators, a hobby they took up in their teens. They've also traveled the world in real life, driving a series of RVs to every state (except Hawaii) and taking volunteer trips to places like Tonga and Indonesia.

The sisters don't just have a wide variety of interests, whether it's photography, ham radio or bowling. They like to compete.

"We're goal-oriented," said Janet.

They win prizes for wildlife photography and they like collecting rankings and certificates from amateur radio competitions. They exchange Morse code transmissions at 20 words a minute to other amateur radio operators in all 50 states and contact ham radio operators located in as many national parks as possible.

They've contacted people over the airwaves in about 200 countries, but "we always want to get more countries," Janet said.

"Morse code is almost a lost art, but the twins are expert Morse operators," said Lyle Koehler K0LR, a ham radio operator friend from Shoreview.

Read the full story at

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Sydney Hunt G3YQ SK at 108

Sunday 11th July 2021

The Grimsby Telegraph reports Sydney Hunt G3YQ, who passed away aged 108, lived an incredible life and built one of the first TVs ever used in Grimsby

The newspaper says one of his life-long passions was amateur radio, often known as ham radio, where his call sign G3YQ, is one of the oldest in the world.

He started when he was just 14 and was able to keep in touch with contacts throughout the world.

A large mast linked to his radio at his home in Humberston where he spent many hours talking to people in Australia and New Zealand and throughout the rest of the world.

Read the Grimsby Telegraph obituary at

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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 10th July 2021

What Open Source means to our hobby and why it's important.

For much of the past month I've been attempting to articulate what Open Source Software is, why it's important, how it's relevant to our hobby, how it works, how software is different from hardware and why you should consider if the equipment you buy comes with source code or not. I'm finding it difficult to separate out the issues since they all hang together in a cohesive clump of ideas and concepts.

So, let me go sideways to set the scene.

There is a movement that asserts the right to repair our own things and to ensure that manuals and diagnostic tools used by manufacturers are made available to the public.

For many radio amateurs that might sound quaint and obvious, since for much of the hobby that kind of information was not only available, it was expected and assumed to be available. You can get the circuit diagram and testing procedures, the alignment process and the list of required test equipment for most if not all amateur transceivers today and truth be told, if that testing gear isn't available, we tend to build or scrounge our own.

Compare a Yaesu FT-857d and an Icom IC-7300. They're radios from different generations, use different technologies, are made by different manufacturers and come in different packaging.

Both radios have user manuals, circuit diagrams and documented testing and alignment processes, but they're not equivalent even if they look the same.

The 857 is constructed from discrete components and circuits. There's a microprocessor on-board, the source code is not available and updates are issued by the manufacturer if and when it sees fit. Its function is to control and sequence things, selecting band filters, switching modes, updating the display and control serial communications. While integral to the functioning of the radio, the microprocessor itself is used for command and control only.

Inside the 7300 you'll also find discrete components. There are circuits, filters and the like and while individual components have reduced in size there are many of the same kinds of functions inside the radio as you'll find on an 857. The microprocessor inside the 7300 is more advanced than the one inside the 857. The source code is also not available and updates are issued by the manufacturer when it sees fit.

If that was all there was to it, I would not have spent a month attempting to capture this. Suffice to say that looks are deceiving.

The microprocessor inside the 7300 does the exact same things as the 857 with one minor difference. It now also forms part of the signal input and output chain of the radio itself.

Let me say that again.

The computer that is the heart of a modern radio is an integral part of the signal processing of the radio. Where in a traditional radio the microprocessor was switching circuits on and off to process the signal, the modern solution is to do all the signal processing using software inside the microprocessor itself. If you want to get technical, an FPGA is doing much of the signal processing, but that too is driven by software.

Where previously you had access to the circuit diagram that would show you what was being done to the signal, today you have a magic black box that does stuff completely outside your control.

If you want to know how an SSB or FM signal is decoded on the 857, the service manual will helpfully point you at two chips which provide those specific functions. It describes how the signal comes into the chip and how the signal is processed once it leaves the chip and if you need more, you can look online to find the specifications for each chip to see precisely what they do and how they work, complete with equivalent circuits and specifications.

On the other hand if you wanted to know the same information for the 7300 you'd be out of luck because if you dig deep enough, following the signal path, eventually you'd end up inside the microprocessor where software is making that happen. There's no description on how this works, what the circuit equivalent characteristics are, there's no way to change how it works, no way to set parameters, no way to see inside and no way to experiment.

This is a problem because it means that you've got a solution that's no longer operating in the spirit of amateur radio. It's not open for experimentation, it's not subject to review, there's no way to test, no means to improve, no way to do anything other than what the manufacturer decided was appropriate.

For example, if I wanted to modify the FM pass-band width on an 857, I could update the FM demodulation circuit by replacing a couple of components. On a 7300, I could not because there is no circuit. The FM demodulator is described in software that I don't have access to and Icom has decided that the FM pass-band is fixed.

If the software was open however, I could add this function and make it available to anyone who would like to experiment.

At this point I'd also like to observe that the Icom user manual states that inside the IC-7300 it uses open source "CMSIS-RTOS RTX", "zlib" and "libpng" software, so Icom is benefiting from open source efforts, but not sharing their own.

This is not an Icom only problem, this is a specific issue around open source versus closed source and while you might think that the right to repair and open source is something that's not relevant to you, I'd like to invite you to consider what the implications are for our hobby. Are we going to go down the road of button pushers, or are we continuing our role as inventors and experimenters?

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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MacLoggerDX Version 6.34 released

Saturday 10th July 2021

Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 6.34 of MacLoggerDX has been released.

What's New in this version:

* Requires OS X 10.13+.
* macOS 11 (Big Sur) supported.
* Apple M1 Silicon (Universal) application.
* WinKeyer scrolling, prosigns improved.
* Log Date Range search improved.
* WSJT-X DX Call de-bounced.
* Added "No Card, eQSL, LOTW Sent" Log search choice.
* Remove TS; query from TS-2000 driver.
* IC-781A driver added.

This is a free update for all Version 6 customers and can be downloaded from:

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BARC Virtual Monthly Meeting

Saturday 10th July 2021

Bangalore Amateur Radio Club - Virtual Monthly Meeting - July 2021

Sunday, July 11, 2021 - 9.30 am

Jitsi is an OpenSource Collaboration tool. You can join the meeting just by clicking the above link from your Desktop/Laptop. You can install the Jitsi App on your Android / iPhone and join the meeting with the above link.

Please feel free to share the above link with your other Amateur Radio Friends across the world.

73, de
Ramesh Kumar VU2LU

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ZD7GB may be on QO-100 from St Helena

Saturday 10th July 2021

Gerry Bulger G3WIP / ZD7GB hopes to operate on the QO-100 geostationary satellite amateur transponder from Jamestown, St Helena

He is working as a doctor on the island from June 22 until September 6 but says he is located in a valley with a hill in the direction of the satellite. Fortunately he has the ability to set up a remote station so may be able to set up a QO-100 station in a better location.

Gerry will also be active using FT8, FT4 and SSB on the bands from 7-28 MHz.

Further information at

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Ofcom Annual Report and Accounts 2020/21

Saturday 10th July 2021

Ofcom has published its Annual Report and Accounts for the period April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021

They have also published their Section 400 Accounts, with details of receipts from licence fee payments and financial penalties over the course of the year.

While Ofcom do provide figures for the number of licences issued during the year they have lumped Amateur Radio licences in with Maritime producing a meaningless figure.

Download the report from

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Galway Digital Radio Group

Saturday 10th July 2021

The Galway Digital Radio Group are currently working on a D-Star Repeater kindly donated by the West Tyrone Repeater Group in Northern Ireland and ICOM UK.

The ICOM RPV4000V is a UHF Repeater and includes an ID-RC2P controller unit. This repeater was replaced with an MMDVM Multi-mode Repeater covering DMR, D-Star and C4FM. There are repairs alongside a Software and Firmware installation to carry out before this system can activated.

The Galway Digital Radio Group are indebted to Billy Pollock, Philip Hosey, Eric Barker and Míceál Na Bpíob for their kind donation.

D-Star is slowly finding its feet in the Galway area with a Multi-Mode Gateway presently supplying a D-Star Service. Whilst there are currently five active operators on D-Star in Galway, there are many more that have the equipment to operate on this mode. D-Star is currently operating from the Galway Multi-Mode Gateway, EI2GCD, on the West Side of the City.


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The Amsat-SA Space Symposium on 10 July

Saturday 10th July 2021

The Space symposium will be held on Saturday 10 July 2021 starting at 10:00 CAT on the BlueJeans platform. Registration for SARL and AMSAT SA members is free.

Learners and students can register free when providing their student numbers or school details. Non-members pay a nominal fee. SARL News reported earlier this week that over 50 registrations have been received including one from Japan.

The programme features an impressive group of speakers and exciting new subjects. The full programme can be downloaded from the SARL and AMSATSA website.

Book before 12:00 CAT on Friday 9 July! Join local and international speakers at the AMSAT SA Space symposium

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US Postal Service issues space stamps

Saturday 10th July 2021

The US Postal Service is issuing a set of stamps bearing images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

The stamps feature 10 images received at the observatory, including plasma blasts, solar flares, coronal holes, coronal loops and those all-important sunspots.

NASA launched its Solar Dynamics Observatory in 2010 to collect solar data, now in 2021 the post office issued the stamps during a ceremony in Maryland.

As says, this means that we hams, of course, can now celebrate Solar Cycle 25 one stamp at a time, with each QSL card we send.


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Announcing the Summer 2021 AM QSO Party

Friday 9th July 2021

Amplitude Modulation Amateur Radio Society and the AM Amateur Radio Europe Facebook group are pleased to announce the Summer 2021 AM QSO Party.

This is an opportunity to make some QSOs using the original voice mode on all the available HF bands from 160m thru 10m, fingers crossed that propagation allows us to use the higher bands for longer distance QSOs around Europe and even further afield!

The event runs from 18:00 UTC on Friday 16th July until 18:00 on Sunday 18th July, full information can be found at the AM QSO PARTY webpages:

To find us on Facebook simply search ‘AM Amateur Radio Europe’ and join.
If you would like more details about the Amplitude Modulation Amateur Radio Society, please email the secretary Simon MW0NWM at:

Please do join us for the AM QSO Party and help make the amateur bands sing to the sound of AM QSOs!

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Radio hams combine High-tech with Low-tech

Friday 9th July 2021

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports amateur radio operators find creative ways to communicate when all else fails

It was a recent rainy Saturday morning in Hickory Hill Park, a beautiful 185-acre tract of public land tucked next to St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Iowa City.

Members of the Iowa City Amateur Radio Club were busy. They unloaded antennae, computers, radio transmitters, electrical hookups and other equipment to set up several ham radio operating stations on the picnic tables under the open shelter here.

It was Field Day, an annual 24-hour event when the local club joins thousands of others in the United States and Canada to practice skills needed in case of a communications emergency.

ICARC takes this seriously. If for some reason the power is gone and cell phones are dead, ham radio operators can connect people using basic technology more than 100 years old.

“This is the backup plan in countries all over the world for when all else fails,” Melissa Haendel W7MAH told me.

She is a data scientist who traveled to Iowa City from her home in Oregon to visit her father, Rich Haendel W3ACO, and help with the ICARC event. Rich is a past club president and a key organizer for this training session.

There’s sophistication in the radios and computers, but setting up the site also involved some low-tech solutions.

Rich Haendel showed me the homemade “spud gun” he uses to set up four special antennae to help the club transmit and receive signals properly during this exercise.

Read the full story at

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Finland's countrywide amateur radio carnivals

Friday 9th July 2021

Celebrating many events such as the half time mark of the SRAL centennial and the start of new relaxed COVID domestic regulations, the entire OH population is overjoyed and is taking full advantage of the current tropical temperatures all over their homeland, with their beautiful lakes and rivers, now at their best.

The IARU Radiosport was selected as a main medium to facilitate the countrywide carnivals. These events will bring an extensive OH presence on the HF bands for everyone to enjoy.

The lineup of twelve (12) powerful OH stations is selected to present you with the best signals on all six bands, both CW and SSB simultaneously, signing as OF2HQ and OF0HQ (Aland Islands).

The operators are OG9X, OH1ND, OH1NOA, OH1TM, OH2BH, OH2BU, OH2GEK, OH2PM, OH2TA, OH5BM, OH5CZ, OH6BG, OH6KZP, OH6MW, OH6NVC, OH6QU, OH6RX, OH6UM, OH6XX, OH7SV, OH7WV and their New York visitor Adrian, KO8SCA/OH0SCA.

Their stations are even furnished with four (4) 80m beams although they do not know what to do with them as sun would never set at their latitudes at this time of the year. The station host families throughout the country are in full support in making all this jell.

The parade will be headed by the jubilee stations OH100SRAL and OH2A operated by Jorma/OH2KI, Jan/OH1NDA, Ville/OH1JD and Markku/OH4UI and they are backed up by the Finnish Signal Corps station OI3AX operated by Marko/OH2LGW and Timo/OH5LLR.

These four stations: OH100SRAL, OH2A and OI3AX along with OF2HQ count for SRAL-100 Northern Lights Awards.

Working the OF2HQ/OF0HQ stations on four (3) bands would qualify you for a special 4-page SRAL-100 QSL card. In case you work these stations on more than three bands, the QSL card will have a special bronze, silver or gold sticker on it.

We welcome everyone to the SRAL half-away centennial carnival with appropriate dress code for this occasion. Kindly send us your pictures and we will feature the best ones at the SRAL website. T-shirts are not allowed.

Note that the hunt for the SRAL-100 Northern Lights Award and multipliers continue for another six months and hereby we repeat the rules.

Contact just 100 (one hundred) of your OH friends during 2021 and 10 (ten) specially featured Finnish stations, to earn the OH Northern Lights 100-Year Certificate (OH-NL-100) showing a nice featured story and explaining the magic of the OH-land and the Northern Lights.

Your 100 contacts should include 50 OH stations and 50 OF stations, a total of 100. A special OF prefix will be launched to all OH stations on September 15th, 2021. Your maximum point value can be 100, the number of your OF/OH contacts.

SRAL and its members are active in a wide range of Amateur Radio activities and each of the ten multipliers represent some of those activities. The multiplier stations are: OH100SRAL, OH2A, OH0W, OJ0C, OF2HQ, OH2YOTA, OG2B, OH6SRAL, OI3AX and OF9X.

Multiplying your QSO points (maximum 100) by your multiplier value (max 10) will give you, your score, a maximum of 1000 points. OH Boy!

All who score 1000 points and the top-ten continental highest scorers will receive their OH-NL-100 certificate signed by Santa Claus. In addition, a special lottery will feature special prizes that will be announced later on.

Your log extract should be sent to the Santa Claus offices at during January 2022. The same address will answer all questions that you might have related to this centennial activity.

OH100SRAL: This is the official SRAL centennial jubilee station which is active all year round throughout Finland and is activated by SRAL's member societies (120) and special activity groups.

OH2A: This is the SRAL HQ station in our capital, Helsinki. It is rarely active internationally but to honor this special year you can catch it occasionally. Surely the letter A is first in the alphabet!

OI3AX: The Amateur Radio activity in the Finnish Signal Corps (OI prefix) has a brilliant history of cooperation with SRAL. Many well-known OHs have caught the bug while doing their service for their country. OI3AX will represent the country-wide network of 35 OI-locations.

OF2HQ: With the country-wide unified SRAL-team it is expected that all of Finland will be active in IARU radio sport, during the weekend of July 10/11, in one way or another. Mid-summer is the time when all OHs smile. OH boy!

OH0W: Aland Islands is Finland's share in the DXCC program. But also, one of the most beautiful archipelagos to visit and enjoy. It is home to three HF superstations and the historical battlefield of all OH contesters, for they once won the world: CQWW at OH0W 1982.

OJ0C: Market Reef is a rare one with adventures and challenges right on its doorstep. So many from far and near have experienced DXotica over the barren rock in the midst of the stormy seas. It is a dream for landlubbers not to see anything in the horizon and this rock fulfills that dream!

OH2YOTA: The Finnish youth are the movers and shakers in the YOTA movement and hosted one of the early ones in Finland. At the core of SRAL activities, the theme in Finland is that only youth can communicate with youth. OH Boy! Also, only the youth would know what makes them tick!!

OG2B: The IARU/NCDXF beacon network has been supported by the SRAL and its dedicated members for almost 40 years. While OH2B is busy at work, the alternative OG2B will be its substitute during this centennial jubilee. Surely you have used the IARU/NCDXF network:

OH6SRAL: Every Saturday at 3 PM SRAL transmits its radio news to its entire membership. OH6 is located in the middle of the country and has a long history of such transmissions. The station chief, Heikki, OH6ZS has done those transmissions for more than 40 years and his dedication to this duty continues.

OF9X: Old-Father-Nine-Xmas, has excited the little radio operators and their families for many years from the land of Christmas. Once upon the time Santa Claus was pushed to the North Pole but these Santa transmissions from Finland have finally proved that Finland is the same as the North Pole.


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IARU Region 3 conference will be online

Thursday 8th July 2021

It had been planned to hold the IARU Region 3 conference in Bangkok in September but due to the pandemic it will now be held online

Thailand's national amateur radio society RAST says:

This year’s conference is being run under exceptional circumstances. We started planning for the conference nearly 3 years ago. The expectation was to run this in Bangkok, Thailand. While we regret that the COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from holding the conference in Bangkok, we are excited about the opportunities of holding an innovative virtual conference.

As a conference host, we are going to be hosting a digital Conference, with a wide range of remote speakers and conversation. This conference will bring us together at what is a very difficult time for us all. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the first ever virtual conference of IARU R3 Conference

IARU Region 3 Conference Sept 20-23

Input Papers to be discussed at the conference can be downloaded from

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YOTA Contest

Thursday 8th July 2021

The Irish Radio Transmitters Society report that the second session of the 2021 Youngsters On The Air contest will take place on Sunday July 18th from 1000 to 2159utc. This is a change of date from the originally announced July 17th.

Over 700 logs were received for the first leg of the contest held on May 22nd and these included over 100 logs from YOTA stations where the operators had to be under 25 years of age.

Congratulations to EI participants EI0YOTA, EI2INB, EI8KV and EI6KW. Radio amateurs are invited to allow young operators to operate their station during this upcoming event.

The full details can be found on or you can contact the IRTS Youth Officer Niall EI6HIB at yota /at/

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W1AW/KL7 to serve as ARRL Headquarters station for IARU event

Thursday 8th July 2021

W1AW/KL7 will be in Alaska to serve as the ARRL Headquarters (HQ) station for the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) HF World Championship competition on July 10 – 11.

To provide radio amateurs an opportunity to work W1AW, as well as the state of Alaska, use of W1AW/KL7 has been authorized from 0000 UTC on July 8 to 2359 UTC on July 13.

NU1AW, the IARU Headquarters station, will be active as NU1AW/5, in a multioperator distributed operation from the ARRL West Gulf Division (Texas and Oklahoma). NU1AW/5 will be on CW and SSB, 1.8 – 28 MHz. W1AW/KL7 and NU1AW will be the only US HQ stations active.

IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, will be giving out the AC (Administrative Council) multiplier, along with new IARU Secretary Joel Harrison, W5ZN.

Here is a list of IARU HQ stations, courtesy of Bob, N6TV, and Joe, OZ0J. — Thanks to The Daily DX and The ARRL Contest Update for some information


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AMSAT-SA slgns MoU with SpaceSoc

Thursday 8th July 2021

AMSAT-SA and SpaceSoc will cooperate in Satellite projects and will jointly identify and apply for launch opportunities.

The first application for a launch was submitted by UCT SpaceSoc to the UNOOSA Access to Space programme. Several other opportunities are being explored.

AMSAT SA and UCT Space Soc are also planning several other projects involving amateur radio


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Update on Open Communications

Thursday 8th July 2021

Ofcom has today published an update on our consultation on 'Open Communications'.

Last year, we consulted on our initial thoughts about this potential initiative, which would enable people to share data about their communications services – for example, the price they pay and when their contract will end – with comparison sites or other providers. They could then receive more relevant recommendations about the best products for their needs or tailored offers from providers.

In today’s update, we have summarised the responses we received to our consultation. These responses have helped us to understand what data mobility could mean for the telecoms and pay-TV markets, and gauge whether comparison sites and others would consider using Open Communications data to innovate. However, we have not made any policy proposals or reached any decisions at this stage.

The UK Government’s Smart Data Review is considering legislation to enable data mobility initiatives, and we await the outcome of that review.

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Slovenian 30 Years of Independence Award

Thursday 8th July 2021

The Slovenian Amateur Radio Union will celebrate the country's 30 years of Independence by issuing a special award. It will be eligible to all amateur radio enthusiasts all over the World.

For this event only, which started at the end of June and is running until December 31st 2021, 23:59 UTC, the Slovenian amateur radio stations can use special call signs. Those will add the number '30' into the suffix. For example: S50ZZ will be S5030ZZ, S51A will be S5130A, S57XXX will be S5730XXX etc.

In order to obtain the award a foreign amateur radio station must have at least 30 contacts with a S5 stations (regular and special call signs apply), out of which 10 or more with special prefixes ('30'). The use of any band/mode counts for the award.

Send the log - list of contacts (date, time, call, band and mode) to the following e-mail address: scc /at/ The same email also applies for any possible questions.

The award will be issued in electronic form and will be downloadable as a PDF file from the website of Slovenia Contest Club.


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Ham Radio helps unite two long-lost colleagues

Thursday 8th July 2021

In the age of smartphones, two long-lost colleagues were united with the help of Ham Radio clubs after 44 years.

An octogenarian doctor in the city wanted to connect with a former colleague, who had worked with him in 1977 at a health centre in Mathabhanga city of Cooch Behar district.

Doctor B Das, who hails from Bansdroni in Kolkata, had been trying to trace his former colleague from Odisha, Nityananda Panda. But, all his efforts had gone in vain until his wife approached the Ham Radio enthusiasts.

Panda used to work in SSKM Hospital in 1976 before being posted as the first medical officer of Ghokshadanga primary health centre in Mathabhanga. He was an expert in handling pregnancy cases which was a tough challenge during those days as there was no electricity.

Das learnt about the activities of West Bengal Radio Club and their role in uniting lost persons with their families. On Thursday last week, his wife called up the Club's secretary Ambarish Nag Biswas. "I received a phone call from Dr Das' wife who told me that her husband is sick and wants to talk to his long lost friend Dr Panda. I contacted our ham friend Dushmanta Kumar Das and sent a 1977 photograph of Dr Panda. Finally, Dr Panda was traced in Cuttack.

On that Thursday night, the two friends shared their memories after 44 years," Nag Biswas said.


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New Ofcom EMF Regulation - Webinar on YouTube

Wednesday 7th July 2021

The RSGB have made available the webinar given Monday, July 5, by EMC Chair John Rogers M0JAV titled Assessing your station against ICNIRP EMF levels

The RSGB description reads:

Ofcom is implementing changes to all transmitting licences to require licensees to comply with ICNIRP general public limits on EMF exposure.

This will include previously licence exempt users who transmit at powers of more than 10W EIRP.

John introduces the work of the RSGB and ARRL experts in assessment of exposure to EM fields.

The RSGB responded to the Ofcom consultation—on behalf of UK amateurs—and we are now preparing guidance on compliance with the new requirements.

The talk outlines these requirements and introduces four ways to conduct and record the results of the assessment, include calculating required separation, use of known compliant station configurations, and potential mitigating actions.

Watch RSGB Tonight @ 8 - Assessing your station against ICNIRP EMF levels

For more information, help and guidance see the RSGB website:

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Lifetime Achievement Award for K5JIM

Wednesday 7th July 2021

The Daily Journal reports Jim Buffington K5JIM of Aberdeen, Mississippi, has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to amateur radio

The newspaper says:

For more than 20 years, amateur radio operator Jim Buffington has traveled to lighthouses along the Eastern Seaboard and the Gulf Coast to activate his equipment at or near the light through membership in the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS).

The international organization recently recognized him for his contributions by presenting him with its Lifetime Achievement Award for being a member and holding offices such as vice president and chairman.

“Ham radio is very diverse. You can get into satellites, you can be active in public service. Most hams have an interest in certain areas, and mine just happened to fall in lighthouses,” he said.

Buffington, whose call signal is K5JIM, was introduced to the ARLHS by a friend in 2000 who was a member.

“We activate lighthouses, which is to say we operate mobile and portable ham stations from the sites of lighthouses,” he said.

The former Aberdeen radio station owner attended broadcasting school in Memphis with the late Johnny Cash.

His first experience activating a lighthouse was in Biloxi in January 2001, and he has done so as far away as Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Read the full story at

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Register now for free Foundation Online Amateur Radio Training course

Wednesday 7th July 2021

The next free amateur radio Foundation Online training course run by volunteers from Essex Ham starts on July 18 - Register Now

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

You can find out more about online training and register to join a course at

Essex Ham

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

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

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

After your success, do consider coming along to the Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club for a few evenings (no charge), and I'm sure we will be able to convince you how fulfilling and rewarding being a member of a good club can be.  We have several new members who have joined recently achieving just that.  Due to the Pandemic we are limited to currently holding weekly ZOOM meetings .. for more information contact our Secretary see our "Who to Contact" page.

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

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

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Zodiacal light comes from Mars

Wednesday 7th July 2021

NASA's Juno spacecraft has made a surprising discovery.

Mars appears to be leaking dust, filling a huge volume of interplanetary space with glowing debris.

We can see the resulting cloud with our naked eyes; it's called "Zodiacal Light."

Full story @

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Amateur radio operators hold field day exercises

Wednesday 7th July 2021

Licensed amateur radio operators, aka 'hams,' spent a recent weekend practicing community outreach, emergency preparedness and technical skills.

Radio clubs all over the United States and Canada took their equipment outside, into the field to operate on emergency power, competing to earn points for making contacts around the world. They also had great food to keep up their energy for the 27-hour-long contest.

The first field day was held in 1933, and operator F.E. Hardy declared in a national magazine dedicated to the hobby, “The real objective of this contest is to test ‘portables’ wherever they may be available.”

Read the full article at:

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 7th July 2021

Island activities:
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON

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

EU-034; ES0/3, Hiiumaa/ Saaremaa/ Laanemaa County group:
Ed/ES2TT will be active from Saaremaa Island as ES2TT/0 on July 10 and 11 on 30 and 20m (CW, SSB). QSL via ES2TT (d/B).

EU-153; R1O, White Sea Coast West group:
Oleg/UA1O (ZS1ANF), Alexei/RN1ON, Yuri/UA1OC, and Alex/UA1OJL currently operate as RI1OZ from Zhizhginskiy Island (RRA RR-02-23, RLHA RLE-019, ARLHS ERU-074, WLOTA 2447) on 80-10m (CW, SSB, FT8/4). They plan to continue until July 10. QSL via ClubLog OQRS, RN1ON.

NA-070; KL, Rat Islands:
Russian Robinson Club members Hal/W8HC, Rob/N7QT, Tim/NL8F, Walt/N6XG, and Yuri/N3QQ continue their tour of islands in the Bering Sea with a visit to Kiska Island from July 7 to 12. Afterwards they return to Adak Island (NA-039) for another 3 days until July 16. Their callsign is KL7RRC, QRV on 40-6m (CW,
SSB, FT8). QSL via N7RO (d/B).

SA-036; P4, Aruba Island:
Robert/ND7J and Bill/N4IQ will be signing P4/homecalls from July 7 to 14 on HF. During the IARU Contest their callsign will be P40US. QSL for P40US via EA5GL.

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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Ham radio on Russian TV

Tuesday 6th July 2021

Raisa R1BIG appeared in a news report '21st Century Radio Amateurs' that was shown on Russia's Channel One TV

She writes:

I agreed with the camera crew of the main Russian "Channel One" that they come on International Amateur Radio day to me to make a report about Ham Radio to promote our hobby to a big number of completely new people, who watch television. The report came next day on Russian television. You can see what happened behind the scenes:

Watch How I got my Ham Radio story onto Russian television


A video of the Russian TV show is available at

Raisa R1BIG Blog

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The Amsat-SA Space Symposium on 10 July

Tuesday 6th July 2021

The Space symposium will be held on Saturday 10 July 2021 starting at 10:00 CAT on the BlueJeans platform. Registration for SARL and AMSAT SA members is free.

Learners and students can register free when providing their student numbers or school details. Non-members pay a nominal fee. SARL News reported earlier this week that over 50 registrations have been received including one from Japan.

The programme features an impressive group of speakers and exciting new subjects. The full programme can be downloaded from the SARL and AMSATSA website.

Book before 12:00 CAT on Friday 9 July! Join local and international speakers at the AMSAT SA Space symposium

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Departure of SpaceX Dragon cargo freighter from ISS

Tuesday 6th July 2021

NASA’s SpaceX Dragon cargo freighter, loaded with approximately 5,000 pounds of scientific experiments and other cargo from the International Space Station, will depart Tuesday, July 6, bound for a splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean Thursday, July 8, completing the company’s 22nd commercial resupply services mission for NASA.

Live coverage of the departure will begin at 10:45 a.m. EDT Tuesday, July 6, on NASA Television, the agency’s website, and the NASA app.

NASA will not provide coverage of the splashdown.

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The RaDAR Challenge

Tuesday 6th July 2021

The RaDAR Challenge is a unique event aimed at promoting the use of Rapidly Deployable Amateur Radio stations.

The second leg runs from 00:00 UTC to 23:59 UTC on Saturday 10 July 2021, but RaDAR operators will decide on their maximum, single period, four-hour activity. Activity is on all bands and modes except QSOs via terrestrial FM repeaters.

The RaDAR Challenge is not considered to be a contest but an individual challenge.

The exchange is your call sign, your name, a RS, RST or RSQ report and your 8- or 10-character grid locator. Log sheets must be submitted by 23:59 CAT on Thursday 15 July 2021 by e-mail to

Get all the rules on page 100 of the 2021 Blue Book.

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IARU HF Championships

Tuesday 6th July 2021

The IARU HF Championships takes place from 12:00 UTC on Saturday 10 July and ends at 11:59 UTC on Sunday 11 July 2021 with CW and phone activity on 160 to 10 metres with the aim to contact as many other amateurs, especially IARU Member Society HQ stations, around the world as possible.

The South African Radio League report that ZS9HQ needs operators for the contest, but you can operate from your own station using the HQ call sign.

If you can operate that weekend, send your details to and

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Svalbard operation

Tuesday 6th July 2021

Tom, OH6VDA/LA6VDA, will once again be active as JW6VDA from the JW5E club station ( in Longyearbyen (JQ78tf) on Spitsbergen Island (EU-026) between October 12th and November 1st.

Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands using SSB and FT8/FT4.

QSL via LoTW, eQSL, ClubLog's OQRS or log. Bureau cards via LA6VDA.


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St. Kitts

Tuesday 6th July 2021

John, W5JON, has announced he will once again be active as V47JA from his Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, West Indies vacation home, located 200 feet from the Caribbean Sea, between October 4-18th.

Activity will be on 160-6 meters using SSB and FT8.

Equipment is a Yaesu FT1000MP, FT450D and an Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier.
John states his antennas are a Mosley Mini32A 10/15/20m, 33' Vertical 10-40m, 35' Top Loaded 80m Vertical, 160m Vertical and 6m 5 element Yagi.

ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.

ADDED NOTE: John will also make a side trip to Saint Eustatius Island (PJ5) and Saint Martin Island (FS)


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St. Helena Island

Tuesday 6th July 2021

Gerry, G3WIP (VK0GB, VK4BGL, VP8DPD), has now received his callsign and will be active as ZD7GB from the main village of Jamestown on St. Helena Island (AF-022).

He is there working as a doctor on the island until September 6th.

Activity will be during his free/spare time on 40-10 meters using SSB and FT8/FT4.
Gerry also brought his QO-100 satellite gear with him. His equipment is a FT857 and Atlas-210. Antennas are a vertical that tunes on 20 meter as well as a longwire.

QSL details are not figured out yet.


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QSO Today - Tom Perera, W1TP

Monday 5th July 2021

Tom Perera, W1TP, has a collection of over 3000 Morse code keys and bugs going back to pre-American Civil War, perhaps the largest collection in the World. He displays these keys in his virtual, on-line museum.

W1TP shares with me the history of his collection, some interesting stories, and his newest interest and collection of military cipher machines, including the WW2 German Enigma, in this QSO Today.

Listen to the podcast

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VOA video on portable ham radio and emergency communications

Monday 5th July 2021

In this VOA Zimbabwe video Raisa R1BIG explains how due to the antenna limitations at her apartment she operates portable amateur radio

Amateur or 'ham' radio operators sometimes take their two-way radios to remote locations and talk to people around the world using battery power and portable antennas. As Mike O’Sullivan reports, they are making friends and preparing for emergencies.

Watch the VOA Zimbabwe video at

An MP4 of the video can be downloaded in HD from the VOA Zimbabwe site

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IARU Region 1 Vice President Faisal Alajmi, 9K2RR SK

Monday 5th July 2021

IARU is saddened to announce that IARU Region 1 Vice President Faisal Alajmi, 9K2RR, died following a prolonged period of hospitalisation with COVID.

Faisal had been Region 1 Vice President since the 2014 General Conference and was an energetic and active supporter of amateur radio in the Arab world and globally. He was also an accomplished and successful contester.

He represented IARU in the Arab Spectrum Management Group meetings and had attended ITU World Radio Conferences on behalf of IARU. Speaking today, IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, said “This is tragic news. Faisal was a valued member of the Executive Committee and of the Region 1 team. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this sad time”

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The July-August Communicator

Monday 5th July 2021

110 Pages of Projects, News, Views and Reviews, the July - August Communicator is now available for viewing or download at

Read in over 130 countries now, we bring you Amateur Radio news from the SW corner of Canada and elsewhere

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RSGB Award Stories

Monday 5th July 2021

Award Stories is a showcase for people who have won a variety of amateur radio awards. Read what inspired them to gain awards as part of their amateur radio experience – maybe it will inspire you too!

A recent RSGB Tweet said:

Ever thought about taking up an awards challenge as part of your #amateurradio activities? RSGB awards are open to everyone, whatever your age or licence level. Look at our new web page and be inspired by stories of radio amateurs who enjoy chasing awards:

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ICQPodcast - 8 Watt Handie Talkie

Monday 5th July 2021

In this episode, Martin (M1MRB) is joined by Chris Howard (M0TCH), Ed Durrant (DD5LP) and Frank Howell (K4FMH) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief and this episode's feature - 8 Watt Handie Talkie.


We would like to thank Philip Heckingbottom VK6ADF and Dave Renton G1DUM and our monthly and annual subscription donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit -

News stories include: -

• FCC Seeks Comments in Proceeding Involving 70 and 5 Centimetres
• Australian 2X1 Call Signs
• New Version of WSJT-X July 2021
• 'Woodpecker' is Now a Cultural Heritage Site
• 820,000 Norweigan Kroner to Support Ham Radio Emergency Comms
• JARL Reports First Membership Increase for 27 years
• France: New Online Directory of Radio Amateurs
• New Zealand Frequency Allocation Table

The ICQPodcast can be downloaded from

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ARRL's DXCC Listings

Monday 5th July 2021

The Irish Radio Transmitters Society say the DXCC programme is an ARRL award programme to provide recognition for amateur radio stations that have worked and confirmed at least 100 different DXCC entities.

The EI call signs included in the published lists of DXCC credits awarded by ARRL are shown on the IRTS web site. The page is updated at the end of every month, and the same data is also published in Echo Ireland, the IRTS members' journal.

There were two new entrants to the EI DXCC list during June: they were Andy EI5JF and Bill EI9EW, bringing the number of EI stations in the published list to 101.

Dave EI6AL, the Treasurer and Membership Records Officer, tells us that 91 of the 101 EI operators in the published list are current members of IRTS, a useful indicator of the level of participation in the national society by some of the more active EI radio amateurs involved in DXing.


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Beginners Guide to Ham Radio

Monday 5th July 2021

What is Ham Radio? Ham radio is an amateur radio service that operates in the frequency range of 2. You can think of it as a walkie-talkie for the airwaves. There are over 784,000 licensed hams in the US. Each ham has a call sign and can communicate across hundreds of miles without cell phones or the internet. It’s like having a free long-distance service that connects you to people around the world!

A license is required to own and operate a ham radio. The cost of a license is $15, and they are good for ten years. Once you have your license, thousands of groups and repeaters across the US join, making communication easy.

This guide will give you an overview of what ham radio is all about, how to get started, and build your knowledge base at your own pace.

Overview of what ham radio is all about

The FCC defines the Amateur Radio Service (or Amateur Radio) as:

“…the use of radio frequencies for personal recreation, self-training, intercommunication and emergency communication. Amateur Radio operators provide essential communication services in times of local, national, and international emergencies and disasters. Amateur Radio operators also participate in public service events such as the annual Field Day and National Simulated Emergency Test exercises.”

The word amateur comes from the Latin word amator, which means “lover.” Not just a lover of a specific radio mode!

Amateur Radio is an old hobby with traditions stretching back to the early 20th century. It was a fad for a while during that time but was mostly limited to landing ships and similar environments. After World War 1 and 2, many nations opened up amateur radio licenses to their citizens. The United States granted the first ham radio license to Marconi Wireless Radioperator George A. Hemming on November 2, 1905.

Ham Radio is a hobby that keeps people connected through a common interest in radio communications. There are dozens of different kinds of communication modes to enjoy and learn. Each mode has its own unique dynamic and challenges. But at the end of the day, you’ll have a better understanding of how radio waves work, and you’ll have better skills to start solving problems in your day-to-day life. It is not only fun, but it’s a great way to learn about electronics and radio communications.

Read the full Santa Clarita Valley Signal article at:

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South Dublin Radio Club in the 'Dublin Maker' STEM Promotion Festival

Monday 5th July 2021

Last month South Dublin Radio Club participated in the 'Dublin Maker' STEM promotion festival, sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the festival was held online. If you missed this live event, video content produced for the festival is now available to view on South Dublin Radio Club's YouTube channel & includes: "Niamh learns morse code with South Dublin Radio Club".

In this video, Keith EI5KO gives Dr. Niamh Shaw, one of Ireland’s foremost science communicators and STEM specialist, a light-hearted introduction to Morse code. This video is a great educational resource for anyone wishing to learn more about morse code. "Make your own radio receiver".

In this video, Kevin EI3EU demonstrates how to make a Radio Receiver from mostly household items. This is a great STEM starter project & can be used to learn the basics of radio communication technology. It is an ideal project for teachers, students, and those starting in amateur radio & hobby electronics. "South Dublin Radio Club: Live Net at Dublin Maker".

This video is a live-stream recording of SDRCs Sunday Morning 40m net. This video gives good insight for beginners into the practicalities of radio operation & running a radio net. An on-screen SDR waterfall is used to explain the basics of the radio spectrum and other aspects of amateur radio. Again, this video is a great resource for those wishing to learn more about amateur radio.

South Dublin Radio Club would like to take this opportunity to thank club members for their effort over the two day event & to thank all the crew at Dublin Maker for their tireless work in making the event possible.


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First X-flare in 4 years

Sunday 4th July 2021

A new sunspot emerged during the early hours of July 3rd and promptly exploded, producing the first X-class solar flare since Sept. 2017.

X-flares are the most powerful kind, and this one caused a strong shortwave radio blackout over the Atlantic Ocean.

Updates to this developing story will be posted throughout the weekend @

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Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPIA)

Sunday 4th July 2021

On Wednesday 30 June 2021, the SARL Secretary sent out two SARL Communications about the Protection of Personal Information Act that came into effect on Thursday 1 July 2021.

As part of the protection of your information, Council invites South African Radio League (SARL) members and non-members to decide on one of three options for the SARL Call Book.

Club Chairman are requested to share this with all radio amateurs in their Club area.

Option 1. Allow all details. This is currently the default.
Option 2. Suppress just the address, e-mail and phone details. The call sign and person’s name will be the only information shown.
Option 3. Suppress everything. The call book will respond with a message “Personal details withheld.”

If you decided on Option 2 or 3, please send an e-mail to by 23:59 on Wednesday 14 July 2021 requesting the change.

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Bitcoin to the Moon? LABRE interview

Sunday 4th July 2021

Brazil's national Amateur Radio society LABRE was interviewed by Tecnoblog about regulatory issues that arise from the alleged sending of Bitcoin via ham radio Moonbounce (EME)

Technoblog interviewed the President of LABRE Marcone Cerqueira PY6MV, the Vice President Roberto Pereira PT7YV and Alisson Teles Cavalcanti PR7GA.

Read the interview in English at

Source LABRE

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The ZS Sprint this afternoon

Sunday 4th July 2021

The ZS Sprint will be run from 14:00 to 15:00 UTC (16:00 to 17:00 CAT) this afternoon Sunday 4 July 2021 with CW and phone activity on 40 metres.

The exchange for ZS5 stations is a RS or RST report and the town name, while others give a RS or RST report and provincial or country abbreviation.

Logs, in ADIF, Cabrillo or MS Excel format must be submitted by 23:59 CAT on Friday 9 July 2021 by e-mail to

Get all the information on page 79 of the 2021 Blue Book.

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23 new Technician class radio amateurs graduate

Sunday 4th July 2021

The Searchlight website reports that twenty three new radio amateurs were on Monday June 28, added to the Ham radio fraternity in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG).

The new radio operators, drawn from the private sector, and a few retirees, successfully completed the rigorous course, surpassing the 80% pass mark, a release states.

The week long course, covered areas including OHMS law, identification and use of electrical components, basic electricity, wave propagation, antenna construction, the phonetic alphabet, and radio protocols among other areas.

It was conducted by Director of the Youlou Radio Movement (YRM), Donald De Riggs – J88CD, assisted by Omoro De Riggs – J88NFG. The course also provided an opportunity for hands-on experience with the construction of a 2- meter loop antenna.

The tests that followed proved that the students now know how to make an antenna in emergency situations.

“The timing was just perfect as we are now at the beginning of what is expected to be an active hurricane season, and we need as many trained radio amateurs, from a wide geographic spread in our territory, so that in the event of a major disruption of Internet or telephone service, Ham radios can form a reliable means of communication”, De Riggs said.

The YRM recently received a quantity of dual band radios from the business sector in Taiwan which have already been deployed on St. Vincent and Bequia, with the rest of the Grenadines receiving their quota early in July. Some of these radios have been specially programmed with all marine frequencies for fisherfolk on St. Vincent and Mayreau. The YRM philosophy is to empower the most vulnerable and needy first. All recipients have expressed their gratitude for these useful gifts which was organised by the SVG Embassy in Taiwan.


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SARL Next Generation Beacon Fund now R20 400

Sunday 4th July 2021

The SARL beacon fund increased this week to R20 400. The fund was started by AMSAT SA as a crowd funding project to generate enough funds to construct and install a SARL next generation beacon in the Karoo and the Western Cape.

Thanks to all amateurs and clubs that have contributed.

Please become part of this initiative and donate to the SARL beacon fund. To contribute go to and click on the R50, R250 or R1 000 button. You will be transported to the Payfast website, a secure payment channel, where you can enter your credit card details.
There is also a beacon link on the SARL home page.

Your donation can make the difference and take amateur radio science forward.

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Pandemic special event

Sunday 4th July 2021

Bill, VE3ES, is now active as VE3VACCINE from Windsor, ON, until July 15th.

Activity is to to encourage people to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Operations have been on 30/20/10/6 meters using SSB and FT8/FT4.



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June UKAC SHF contest Tuesday 22nd June 2021




Wednesday 23rd June 2021

We have all been watching Paul GW0MDQ on Zoom over the weeks and months making up his 10GHz portable station.  Well last night was his first outing /P with the station competing in the UKAC SHF contest on behalf of WADARC. 

Paul sent me the pictures below and included in the group is L - R Peter G3SMT, Paul's friend Rob G7MHF who has been helping and of course Paul GW0MDQ

Paul's best DX on the night was to G4ZTR at 294k using his 60cm dish on the tripod.  Very impressive indeed !

Well done Paul,  Top Man  An excellent result and a reflection of the perfection and detail which has been put into the project.


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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 3rd July 2021

What mode is that?

The hobby of amateur radio is about communication. When you go on-air and make noise, you initiate a communications channel, sending information out into the world and hoping for another station to receive and decode what you sent. The channel itself can be used in an infinite number of ways and each one is called a modulation mode, or mode for short. The popular ones come with most radios, CW, AM, SSB and FM.

Those few are not the only ones available. In fact as computers are being integrated into the radio at an increasing pace, signal processing is becoming part and parcel of the definition of a mode and new modes are being introduced at break neck speed. I've talked about WSPR as an example of one such mode, but there are many, each with their own particular take on how to get information between two stations.

As you listen on the bands you'll increasingly find yourself hearing a bewildering litany of beeps, pops and clicks. Some of those are due to ionospheric conditions, but many are different modes that are being experimented with across our spectrum.

If you have access to a band scope, a way of visualising radio spectrum, you can actually see the shapes and patterns of such signals over time and getting to that point can be as easy as feeding your radio audio into your computer and launching a copy of fldigi or WSJT-X.

Every mode requires a specific tool to decode it and with practice you'll discover that there is often a particular look or sound associated with a mode. Over time you'll confidently select the correct decoder, using your brain for the process of signal identification.

Of course if you don't have access to the library in your brain yet, since you've only just started, or if the mode you've come across is new, you'll need another library to discover what you found. There is such a library, the Signal Identification Wiki. It's a web-site that hosts a list of submitted signals, grouped by usage type, including one for our community.

On the amateur radio page of the Signal Identification Wiki there are over 70 different modes listed, complete with a description, an audio file and a spectrogram. With that you can begin to match what you've discovered on your radio to what the web-site has in the library and determine if you can decode the incoming information.

I will mention at this point that the Signal Identification Wiki is far from complete. For example, the Olivia mode has 40 so-called sub-modes of which about 8 are in common use. Each of those sub-modes looks and sounds different. The wiki shows only a single line for Olivia.

I'm pointing this out because the wiki allows you to submit a mode for others to use. If you have a signal, either by recording it off-air, or better still, recording it directly from the source, consider submitting it to the wiki so others can benefit from your experience.

If you've come across a signal and you cannot figure out what it is, there are other places you can go for help. The four and a half thousand members of the /r/signalidentification sub on reddit will happily look at and listen to your signal and try to help. Make sure you contribute some meta data like the time, frequency and location to accompany the spectrogram and audio.

You might have come to this point wondering why I'm encouraging you to use and contribute to the wiki and ask for help on reddit. Amateur radio is about experimentation. We love to do that and as we make signal processing easier and easier, more people are making new modes to play with.

The speed at which this is happening is increasing and as an operator you can expect to come across new signals. I remember not that long ago, it was last month, tuning to an FT8 frequency and the person I was with asking what that sound was. They'd heard it before but never discovered its purpose, even though FT8 has been with us since the 29th of June 2017.

What interesting signals have you come across and how did you go with decoding them?

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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Ham radio helping lifelong hobbyists stay mentally fit in old age

Saturday 3rd July 2021

Australia's ABC News has an excellent article on the benefits of amateur radio in old age - which says:

It comes with all the benefits of social media but without 'any of the downsides' — and one of Australia's oldest ham radio enthusiasts says it is also the perfect hobby for retirees looking to stay mentally sharp.

West Australian-based Norman Gomm took to ham radio over forty years ago and now aged 82 has no intention of signing off just yet.

As one of Australia's estimated 10,500 licensed ham radio operators, Mr Gomm, also the president of the Bunbury Radio Club. He says it is rare that a day goes by without him spending at least a couple of hours in his purpose-built 'ham shack'.

"I find it's very good for me," Mr Gomm told the ABC amid a dazzling display of flashing lights and crackling radio static. "I'm 82 years of age and you need to keep your mind working actively all the time," he said.

"Ham radio requires a lot of cognitive skills and a lot of understanding technology, so I find that's very good for keeping me active."

Operating under the call sign of 'Victor Kilo Six, Golf Oscar Mike,' Mr Gomm is able to converse with fellow ham radio enthusiasts "in just about any country on earth" depending on the time of day using an internationally recognised phonetic alphabet.

"We're bound by regulation not to say naughty things over the radio waves. and we have a code of conduct which makes us behave relatively politely to each other," Mr Gomm said. "It's just a general ethic among ham radio people that you behave well to each other. "So it's got all the plusses of social media and none of the downsides."

And the topic mostly discussed among ham radio operators? "The weather mainly," Mr Gomm said, with a dry laugh.

"On the international frequencies, the conversation tends to be a bit limited so we stick to topics like the weather and discussing equipment, but the thrill of it lies in making contact with someone on the other side of the planet."

Read the full ABC News item, and watch the video at:

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ARRL EC Minutes record President's deep displeasure with FCC

Saturday 3rd July 2021

ARRL President Rick Roderick K5UR has expressed his deep personal displeasure with the lack of action by the FCC on Amateur matters

The minutes of the ARRL Executive Committee meeting held June 8, 2021, say:

Mr. Roderick voiced his deep personal displeasure with the lack of action by the FCC on Amateur matters that are impairing the Amateur Service, saying that “ it is embarrassing that American Amateurs built upon its century-old tradition of message handling by developing many of the original digital message-handling techniques currently in widespread use,  but  due  to  a  1980’s-era rule are prevented  from communicating with stations in other countries using the most efficient state-of-the-art digital techniques.”

Continuing, Mr. Roderick commented that even more damaging is that the 1980's-era rule, and the delay in addressing other Amateur proceedings, some of which have been languishing for over eight years, are collectively preventing the Amateur Service from advancing the skills of new Hams in both communications and technical phases of the advancement of the radio arts.

Ending his comments, he shared his belief that efforts of the Amateur Service to recruit new Hams and interest students in STEM subjects are being thwarted by the lack of FCC action on long-pending matters that the ARRL has repeatedly urged the FCC to update and allow American Amateur  Operators  to  join  the  rest  of  the  world’s  Amateurs  in  the  experimentation  and  development  of  exciting new communication modes.

The EC minutes record the FCC has failed to resolve these Amateur Radio related proceedings:

• Docket 16-239 (symbol rate): Initiated by ARRL petition filed on Nov. 15, 2013; assigned RM-11708. After receiving comments, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to delete the 300-baud symbol rate as requested, but declining to propose any bandwidth limitation in its place. This NPRM was adopted by the Commission on July 27, 2016, comments received, and remains pending.

• RM-11828 (Enhancing Technician Class Privileges) would, among other proposals, allow the entering (technician) class licensee to engage in and learn digital and voice communication on limited portions of the HF bands below 10 meters. Petition filed by ARRL on February 28, 2018, assigned RM-11828, comments received, and remains pending.

• RM-11759 (Rebalancing the 80/75 Meter Sub-bands) would relieve congestion that is particularly bad in portions of the band. CW and digital modes are squeezed below 3.600. Petition filed by ARRL on January 8, 2016, comments received, and remains pending.

• RM-11767 (Eliminating the 15 dB HF Amplifier Gain Limit ) would delete the 15 dB HF amplifier restriction originally adopted in 1978 within a set of rules, many since repealed, that intended to prevent use of Amateur HF amplifiers by CBers.   Many modern amplifiers use LDMOS devices that have greater gain capabilities than tubes, but cannot be marketed in the U.S. without modification to limit gain. This petition was filed by Expert Linears America, LLC on April 7, 2016, comments received, and remains pending.  Expert Linears filed a Petition for Waiver of the same rule on June 11, 2016. After receiving comment, the Wireless Bureau denied the waiver request on Dec. 27, 2016, finding in part that ruling on the waiver request would prejudice the outcome of the petition for rulemaking by prematurely deciding the issue.

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EMF Licence Regulation - RSGB Webinar

Saturday 3rd July 2021

At 8pm (1900 GMT) on Monday, July 5, EMC Committee Chair John Rogers M0JAV will explain how to assess your station against ICNIRP EMF levels. It will be streamed live on YouTube

The webinar is part of the RSGB Tonight @ 8 series, the description reads:

Ofcom is implementing changes to all transmitting licences to require licensees to comply with ICNIRP general public limits on EMF exposure. This will include previously licence exempt users who transmit at powers of more than 10W EIRP. John will introduce the work of the RSGB and ARRL experts in assessment of exposure to EM fields.

RSGB responded to the Ofcom consultation (on behalf of UK amateurs) and we are now preparing guidance on compliance with the new requirements. The talk will outline these requirements and introduce four ways to conduct and record the results of the assessment include calculating required separation, use of known compliant station configurations and potential mitigating actions.

RSGB Webinars

RSGB YouTube Channel

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NASA scientists available for interviews on hurricanes, tropical storms

Saturday 3rd July 2021

The center of Hurricane Elsa has formed to the east of the Windward and southern Leeward islands and is expected to bring heavy rainfall to those areas over the weekend, according to an update Friday from the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is moving toward the west-northwest at almost 30 miles an hour, and its forecast track could bring it to the Florida Keys early next week. June 1 marked the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, which officially ends Nov. 30.

After 2020 brought a record number of named storms in the Atlantic basin, NASA is once again prepared to help understand and monitor these storms from the unique vantage of space with experts available to provide insights on hurricanes and other extreme weather events. Using data from its 20-plus Earth-observing satellites, NASA plays a foundational role in the science of hurricanes. For operational forecasting, the agency’s main role is through its crucial partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NASA designs, builds, and launches NOAA’s suite of satellites that provide the data that specifically feed numerical weather prediction models.

Scientists from NASA and NOAA also collaborate to continuously improve these models. Climate change is increasing the heat in the ocean basins and making it more likely that storms will intensify faster and become stronger, a phenomenon NASA scientists continue to study.“As climate change intensifies and makes natural hazards like hurricanes more damaging, NASA is more committed than ever to innovative Earth science research,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.

“Our next-generation Earth System Observatory will build on NASA’s existing capabilities to provide an unprecedented understanding of the Earth from bedrock to atmosphere, so we are better prepared to protect our communities from hurricanes and other extreme weather events.” NASA's goal for disaster preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery is bridging the gap between data and the people who need it. Before, during, and after a hurricane or tropical storm makes landfall, NASA satellites are in prime position to identify impacts.NASA works with local officials and first responders, federal agencies such as FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and infrastructure experts to determine what information they need and to supply it in usable formats in real time. Examples include information on infrastructure failures and disruptions, contaminated water supplies, and other hotspots for urgent response needs.

NASA welcomes media inquiries about its role in studying and understanding hurricanes. NASA scientists and experts, who represent a cross-section of expertise in hurricane science, such as atmospheric science, oceanography and modeling, as well as NASA’s disaster response, are available for  media interviews, as schedules allow.To inquire about interview availability with these scientists, please contact Jacob Richmond at: For general NASA hurricane science reference material, visit:

The following are some of NASA’s most popular public-domain, open-source imagery products:

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ORARI make ham radio magazine available as PDF

Friday 2nd July 2021

Indonesia's amateur radio society ORARI has published the inaugural issue of ORARI Digital Magazine June 2021, available as a free PDF

Among the articles is one on a LoRa Warning System designed by Havid Adhitama YD2CLX and Arifin Santoso YC2SAT.

The June edition of the magazine can be downloaded from

Source ORARI

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France: New online directory of radio amateurs

Friday 2nd July 2021

On June 30 a new version of the directory of radio amateurs developed by the National Frequency Agency (ANFR) was made available online

This directory makes it possible to find the French callsigns, the address of a radio club, the manager of a repeating station or the special callsigns issued by our services. The evolution put online responds to many requests from the amateur radio community.

This new version takes into account the prerogatives of respect for personal data imposed by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Thus, it is still possible for users to disappear almost instantaneously from the directory by registering on "orange list". A link to contest inaccurate data on its code is made available, thus facilitating dialogue between ANFR and users. Also with the aim of complying with the GDPR, a limit of results per search has been put in place.

For greater relevance of the results, the search tool made available to users allows you to cross several criteria. It is now possible to launch a search by filtering the results by department, indicative or name. In addition, it is possible to specify only the first 2 characters of a name to start a search.

To all these novelties is finally added the possibility to search for special active codes, to know the name of the event, the start and end date as well as the callsign of the manager.

The online directory is available at

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JARL reports first membership increase for 27 years

Friday 2nd July 2021

The JARL reports that in the year to April 30, 2021, membership increased by 574 reversing 27 years of decline but the number of radio amateurs in Japan fell by 12,000

A translation of the JARL President's post reads:

As I have already reported in the previous issue of JARL NEWS (Spring 2021), JARL Web, e-mail magazine, etc., the number of members of this federation at the end of last year (Reiwa 2) [the Reiwa era started 2019 and years run May 1 to April 30] increased by 574 compared to the same period of the previous year. .. As of the end of the fiscal year, the number of members has increased year-on-year for the first time in 27 years since 1994. Once again, we would like to thank all the members concerned and everyone involved for their cooperation in running the federation.

This increase in the number of members has been taken up by various mass media such as TV news programs and national newspapers as bright news in the midst of the Corona disaster. It was a great pleasure to be informed about ham radio and JARL in this way, and it was a big event for the ham radio world as a whole.

In this news report, attention is being paid to amateur radio in relation to Corona's disaster, but unfortunately the number of amateur radio stations was 12,000 as of the end of the fiscal year compared to the previous year. It has decreased too much. Under these circumstances, I mentioned in this TV / newspaper interview that the number of members of the federation is increasing at the same time, but the regions that the federation has been working on so far. Membership development activities such as membership development plans by headquarters and branches, continuation of various campaigns for new members and current members, strengthening of cooperation with related organizations and companies, and activities of amateur radio and JARL We believe that the active promotion of PR has paid off as the number of members increased this time.

In addition to paying attention to amateur radio as a hobby, there is also a revision of the system related to amateur radio this spring, and expectations for amateur radio are increasing in social contribution activities and ICT human resource development. We will continue to strive to manage the organization of the federation so that the base of people who enjoy amateur radio can be further expanded, and that all members can play an active role as friends who enjoy amateur radio for a long time.

Amid rising expectations and attention to amateur radio, the commemorative station has started operation to commemorate the "Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games," which was postponed last year, to be held this summer, and commemorative awards and commemorative QSO parties. Is being held. In addition, "Ham Fair 2021" will be held at Tokyo Big Sight on October 2nd and 3rd this fall. Unfortunately, it was canceled last year due to the influence of the corona virus, but this year we are preparing to hold it so that young people from OM can visit us after thorough infection control measures.

We will continue to make efforts to manage the organization for the promotion and development of amateur radio and for the improvement of the satisfaction of our members. We ask for your continued understanding, support, and cooperation.

July 2021

Yoshinori Takao JG1KTC
President of Japan Amateur Radio Federation

Source JARL

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New Zealand Frequency Allocation Table

Friday 2nd July 2021

Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) has recently published a new issue of 'Table of Radio Spectrum Usage in New Zealand (PIB 21)' - Issue 11

This incorporates a number of updates from ITU Radio Regulation 2020, including a number of modifications from our recent planning on the 1700-2300 MHz and 3.5GHz band.

Download the PDF table from

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The American Radio Relay League is planning a Rededication of Operations this July

Friday 2nd July 2021

ARRL board members from across the U.S. will join elected officials in reopening the world headquarters at 225 Main St., Newington.

We’re really rededicating the work we do in Newington coming out of covid; an organization that’s weathered two pandemics," Product Development Manager Bob Inderbitzen explained.

The ARRL has over 158,000 members, all of whom are essentially amateur radio operators and hobbyists. There are over 2,000 members in Connecticut alone.

During the covid-19 pandemic, they checked in on each other from across the globe.

“In a world of Zoom meetings and lots of online streaming it really offered an alternative for ham radio operators to communicate with one another,” Inderbitzen said. “We even saw a surge of new interest. In the midst of isolation amateur radio became a window to the world for a lot of people.”

This past weekend was the ARRL’s Field Day. Over 35,000 ham radio operators participated in what they refer to as “Amateur Radio’s Largest Demonstration.”

The Rededication movement is a way for ARRL to move forward from the pandemic and celebrate its growing membership.

It’s also the beginning of a new hurricane season.

Read the full Bristol Press article at:

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New RSGB-Ofcom EMF Calculator available

Thursday 1st July 2021

The RSGB has announced on Twitter that an updated version of the EMF Calculator is now available for download

The RSGB tweet read:

Following update from @Ofcom to its guidance “What you need to know as an Amateur Radio user” we've updated RSGB calculator to version rsgb10a. Find this on our website:
Please treat this as a beta release and report any problems to #hamr

Source RSGB

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Thursday 1st July 2021

Nevada Radio are delighted to announce their appointment as exclusive UK Distributors and dealers  for the new DISCOVERY TX-500 weatherproof 10W transceiver.

Covering 160m through ti 6m this Russian made, military style radio, is set to take portable operating by storm !

The first shipment in to the UK is due September more details here:

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Australia: Overseas Amateurs Class licence changes deferred

Thursday 1st July 2021

The WIA report the regulator ACMA has deferred changes to the Overseas Amateurs visiting Australia class licence

The WIA report says:

In April 2021, the ACMA conducted a public consultation on “Proposed changes to class licences:
“Updating references to standards to include references to equipment rules, and harmonising electromagnetic energy requirements”, which included changes to the Overseas Amateurs Visiting Australia Class Licence. This class licence enables overseas radio amateurs visiting Australia to operate for a short period without obtaining a formal Australian amateur apparatus licence.

In the consultation, the ACMA proposed to change the way visiting amateurs operating under this licence would need to manage compliance with the EME (Electromagnetic Energy) [EMF in UK] standards set by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Authority (ARPANSA).

The WIA made a submission to the ACMA expressing concern that the proposal would create an inconsistent regulatory arrangement for visiting amateurs compared to domestic licensees. Feedback was also provided highlighting the link between this issue and the existing ongoing “Proposed changes to amateur licensing arrangements - Non-assigned amateur stations - February 2021” consultation that also sought to address EME management in the amateur service.

In response, the ACMA concluded that: “Following consultation, we removed the proposed change to the Radiocommunications (Overseas Amateurs Visiting Australia) Class Licence 2015. We will consider the most appropriate EME compliance requirements for domestic and overseas visiting amateurs as part of our Review of non-assigned amateur licensing arrangements.”

The WIA welcomes moves by the ACMA to consider this matter in a more holistic and consistent manner and will continue to engage with the regulator to seek the best outcome possible that ensures public safety relating to EME while preserving the operational utility of the amateur service.

Source WIA

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FCC reaffirms fine for marketing noncompliant RF equipment

Thursday 1st July 2021

The ARRL reports the FCC has reaffirmed a fine of nearly $3 Million for marketing unauthorized Drone transmitters

The ARRL say:

In a Memorandum Opinion and Order (MO&O) released June 17, the FCC denied a Petition for Reconsideration filed by HobbyKing of a $2,861,128 fine for marketing noncompliant RF equipment and for failing to respond to FCC orders in its investigation of the company’s practices. In the same step, the FCC enforced its equipment marketing rules. The fine resulted from an FCC investigation initiated by ARRL’s January 2017  complaint that the HobbyKing equipment was “blatantly illegal at multiple levels.”

“The Forfeiture Order is the final chapter of a story that started with a report to the ARRL Board by the EMC Committee in 2017, as a result of the discovery that aerial drone TV transmitting equipment was being imported and marketed without proper FCC authorization under FCC Part 15 rules,” said ARRL Electromagnetic Compatibility Committee Chair Kermit Carlson, W9XA.

As spelled out in ARRL’s 2017 complaint, the ARRL Laboratory had documented that the operating frequencies of these drone TV transmitters near the 1.3 GHz amateur band were dip-switch selectable for frequencies internationally assigned for use by Aeronautical Navigation, GPS, GLONASS L1, ATC Mode “S,” as well as to both the interrogation and reply frequencies used for Air Traffic Control Air-Route Surveillance “transponder” radar systems. “Transmissions from these drone TV transmitters would have caused harmful interference to these essential Navigation and ATC Radar systems, presenting a real and dangerous threat to the safety of flight,” Carlson said.

ARRL’s complaint noted that given the channel configuration, these units would not have a legitimate amateur radio use, and that the marketing was directed at drone enthusiasts and not to licensed radio amateurs. “ARRL Laboratory tests did prove that only one of the seven available channels was within the 1.3 GHz amateur band,” Carlson said.

Read the full ARRL story at

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RAC Canada Day Contest

Thursday 1st July 2021

Here is a chance to enjoy a contest event that is not on a weekend.

Help Canada celebrate its birthday on the air during the RAC Canada Day Contest on Thursday, July 1st, the anniversary of Canada’s confederation, when the three colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick united into the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867.

The Canada Day Contest begins on July 1 at 0001z and continues through 2359z. Stations in Canada send signal report plus province or territory. VE0s and stations outside Canada send a signal report and a serial number. Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories serve as multipliers for the event.

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Interplanetary shock wave sparks midsummer auroras

Thursday 1st July 2021

A minor interplanetary shock wave jolted Earth's magnetic field during the early hours of June 30th, sparking rare midsummer auroras over Canada and some northern-tier US states.

It might have been the edge of a CME originally expected to arrive on July 1st. If not, another jolt could occur in the next 24 hours.

Full story @

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