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QSO Today - Andy Mitchell - VA3CW

Sunday 24th October 2021

Andy Mitchell, VA3CW, as an eleven year old Boy Scout, participated with his small troop in Boy Scout Jamboree on the Air, in 1974.

This exposure changed the course of Andy’s life, profession, and interests.

Getting on the air and working DX are the simple ham radio pastimes that contribute to his free time enjoyment.

VA3CW is my QSO Today

Listen to the podcast

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The National CW Speed Week

Sunday 24th October 2021

The National CW Speed Week started at 04:00 UTC (06:00 CAT) this morning Sunday 24 October and will end at 16:00 UTC (18:00 CAT) on Saturday 30 October 2021.

The activity will take place on 80, 40 and 20 metres and you may not work the same call sign more than ONCE on each band. The idea is to make as many contacts as you can within a 7-day calendar period; the goal is to log all contacts on the RaDAR Sport Log, developed by Eddie, ZS6BNE.

Visit www.radarops.co.za/zsportal; you will need a log-in PIN from Eddie in order to take part. The PIN allows you to edit your own log if you have made an error.

The criteria for the week will be - CW sent using any paddle or any straight key, nothing less than 20 wpm character speed or faster, will qualify you to take part. You will need to declare in the comments column on the logging system what kind of key you used - straight or paddle. The Radar system self-generates the points, i.e., two QSOs confirmed will yield two points each and a QSO without a conformation will give you ONE point each, without a QSL confirming a match. So, the idea is to make sure your friends actually log on the system, to gain the double points.

During the week, anyone can at any time, spot who spoke to whom, either in text form on the RaDAR system or on a bar graph format on the same system. Everyone logs in one place; just refresh your screen to spot the latest happening.

SARL

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Radio ham restores emergency comms system

Sunday 24th October 2021

The Hindu reports radio amateur Shibu George has rejuvenated a radio communications system for disaster management

The Hindu newspaper says:

A radio wireless network system, which was installed more than a decade ago (in 2009) in all district headquarters in the State but abandoned later due to poor range and lack of proper maintenance, has been rejuvenated to effectively coordinate rescue operations even in adverse weather conditions.

Shibu George, an employee of DEOC (District Emergency Operation Centre), Thrissur, who is doing his research in disaster management, re-developed the system, with necessary upgrading, which can make disaster management faster and effective, during calamities.

Now all the seven Taluks in Thrissur district are connected to the Collectorate through the radio system. “The radio wireless system will function even when the mobile network and even satellite phone connection develop snag in adverse weather conditions. The system was effectively used in the district to coordinate relief operations during the floods last week,” says Mr. George.

Shibu George, who is doing his Ph.D research in ‘Modern Applications in Disaster Management based on Kerala Floods-2018’, happened to stumble upon the novel idea quite accidental.

He noticed the abandoned, dust-covered repeater, lying somewhere in the Thrissur Collectorate control room.

Mr. George, who is a Ham Radio licence holder, sought the help of C.S. Sarath Chandran, radio officer and the duo, with permission from the then Thrissur District Collector S. Shanavas, made the repeater functional.

Read the full story at
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/radio-wireless-system-put-back-in-action/article37141332.ece

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AM radio ‘flutter’

Sunday 24th October 2021

John Dunn writing for EDN describes the cause of flutter on AM broadcast signals

Sometimes I like to listen to a couple of AM radio stations that transmit from southern New Jersey, which is rather far from here on Long Island. Their signals are pretty strong during the daytime but now and then there is a rapid in-and-out fading effect, which sounds very much like a flutter.

I’ve sometimes heard that same effect when listening to shortwave radio and I initially assumed it was an ionospheric phenomenon but now I don’t think so. There seems to be an alternative explanation.

Read the full story at
https://www.edn.com/am-radio-flutter/

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JOTA in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Sunday 24th October 2021

The Searchlight reports on Scout amateur radio activities in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines during the recent Jamboree on the air

The newspaper says:

The local scout association teamed up with local amateur radio (HAM radio) operators from the Youlou Radio Movement (YRM) to conduct JOTA/JOTI, 2021 from their headquarters (HQ) at Arnos Vale on Saturday, October 16, 2021.

Scouts and their leaders gathered at their HQ to take part in the world’s biggest radio and Internet radio event; JOTA/JOTI which stands for Jamboree On The Air/Jamboree Over The Internet.

This is an annual event held during the third weekend in October when more than two million scouts around the world team up with amateur radio operators to establish contact with scouts and Girl Guides from 171 countries, creating new friendships, exchanging ideas and sharing their hobbies, a release from the YRM president, Donald DeRiggs states.

On Saturday, October 16 even though HF propagation was not good during the day, the Internet via the DMR and Echolink, IRLP and similar ROIP technology was buzzing with activity until 10 p.m local time, with scouts sharing their experiences from around the world.

The three-day event culminated on Sunday, October 17, 2021. Some of the activities included camp fires, weekend camps, and training for their communications badge among other activities to keep young minds actively occupied. This year, contacts were made with Barbados, Grenada, Curacao, Canada, the UK, and the USA. Stations heard but not contacted included India, Switzerland, Brazil, Ireland and Australia.


Read the full story at
https://www.searchlight.vc/news/2021/10/19/local-scouts-participate-in-jamboree-over-the-air-2021/

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Contest 2x1 Callsign - Wrap Up

Sunday 24th October 2021

Wednesday, 13 October 2021 at 10am will be remembered by many VK contesters as Frenzy Day.

The instant demand at exactly 10am for 2x1 contesting callsigns definitely stress tested the AMC website in more ways than one.

Luckily for all those applying it was a serious pile up, with anxious feelings of missing out, waiting impatiently for that 2x1 page refresh, not unlike waiting to hear the rare DX return your callsign and then when propagation shifts and unfortunately that rare one you need for honour roll is all but gone.

It seems many felt they may have been a Busted Call or Not In Log (NIL) during the frenzy.

Understandably, the AMC office has been inundated with phone calls. Let us sincerely hope that the callers were understanding and respectful of the AMC office staff who continue to do an excellent job at managing all things Amateur Radio including examination processing and callsign recommendations etc.

The day one results are actually quite surprising as after all the dust has settled only about 138 callsigns were allocated out of about 702.... or around 19.5%

The highest demand was for 2x1s was from the eastern states of VK3, VK2 and VK4 in that order, with many now been allocated. The VJ and VL prefixes seeming not so popular, however still being sought after for use in general and WPX type contesting.

More interesting to note is that not a single VK9 2x1 callsign has been allocated.

VK3 has had more issued than all of VK1, VK5, VK6, VK7 and VK8 combined.

Who would have even considered that so many contesters lived in VK3?
A snapshot on day 7 which was last Wednesday 20th of October reveals that there has only been another 156 callsigns allocated or at least removed from the AMC available 2x1 callsign register. The list shows fewer than 10 available in VK3 but many are still unclaimed from all the other states, collectively about 408 remain. This reflects around 43% of the available 702 2x1 callsigns having been allocated.

Considerable thanks need to be given to all the members of VK Contest Club (VKCC) who inspired and began this 2x1 callsign project well over 10 years ago and have continually pushed the 2x1 callsign agenda.

The WIA thanks all stake holders and individuals who contributed to the success of this long term project.

In particular, the WIA congratulates the Australian Maritime College (AMC) for a successful release and implementation of the 2x1 Callsign blocks to the Amateur Radio Contesting community.

To apply for a 2x1 Contest callsign (Advanced only) go to the AMC website and follow the instructions:
www.amc.edu.au/industry/amateur-radio/callsigns/2x1-contest-callsigns

With less than a week to go until the biggest global HF contest, the CQ World Wide SSB Contest, many are praying to the contesting gods that AMC along with ACMA will have all these new 2x1 Callsigns granted for use.

73 from Lee VK3GK

WIA

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High school students learn how to use ham radio

Sunday 24th October 2021

Students at Central Medford High School practiced how to communicate on the Amateur Radio Emergency Service while taking in the international Great American ShakeOut, an earthquake preparedness exercise

Broadcaster KTVL reports:

The emergency communication system allows certified amateur radio operators to communicate during disasters, like the 2020 Labor Day fires, and when all other communication systems are down.

“If everything else fails, amateur radio still works,” Michael Torguson NC3PO, a teacher at the high school and a licensed amateur radio operator said. “The antennas on the roof have the ability transmit as far as Salem and Portland in order to get information of the Rogue Valley just in case.”

Students practiced getting under their desks in case of an earthquake and learned how to communicate using HAM radio codes.

Torguson said the group of operators who are located across the state, are all volunteers to help their communities during an emergency situation.

He explained the Medford School District has a program that allows students to get certified to become amateur radio operators and provides them with a radio free of charge.

Read the full story at
https://ktvl.com/news/local/medford-students-take-part-in-great-american-shake-out-learn-to-use-emergency-radio

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Court upholds strata ban of 11-metre radio antenna

Sunday 24th October 2021

BC Supreme Court has upheld a Surrey strata council’s (British Columbia) ban on a suite owner building a 11-metre amateur radio antenna on a patio.

Sometime in 2017, Stanley Williams built the antenna in a backyard patio area adjacent to his unit. He secured it with ropes extending over the suite’s roof and attaching them with an eyehook to his carport.

The backyard patio was common property as defined in the Strata Property Act. Williams did not obtain strata approval for the antenna installation or items with which he secured it.

The strata council notified him the construction appeared to be an unauthorized alteration to a strata lot in contravention of a bylaw. He was told to remove it.

Later, he was told the antenna and support system also contravened a bylaw prohibiting satellite dishes or similar structures from being built.

“Mr. Williams informed the strata that his installation was in the nature of a flagpole and that there was no technical or operational similarity between this insulation and a satellite dish,” the court said.

After $700 in fines were cancelled, Williams informed the strata that he intended to “erect a self-supporting tower for the purposes of amateur radio communications.” This tower would be 15 metres high.

That request was denied.

Parts were eventually dismantled but others stood above the height of the building.

The strata soon filed a complaint with the Civil Resolution Tribunal to have Williams comply. He filed a counter-claim seeking a change of the strata bylaws.

The tribunal rejected his claims, including an assertion that Surrey’s land-use bylaw gave him exclusive use of his backyard patio area without compliance with strata bylaws.

jhainsworth@glaciermedia.ca

Source: North Shore News
https://www.nsnews.com/bc-news/court-upholds-strata-ban-of-11-metre-radio-antenna-4543779

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Radio industry calls for government protection from smart assistants

Sunday 24th October 2021

The Guardian newspaper asks: Could Alexa kill the radio star?

The government is considering introducing legislation to ensure that Amazon and other tech companies do not abuse their growing power over UK airwaves.

Millions of Britons have bought voice-controlled devices in recent years, principally Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Assistant. Most are used for listening to audio, with many households using them as replacements for traditional standalone radio sets in kitchens and bedrooms.

British radio broadcasters including the BBC and the main commercial radio groups now fear they have inadvertently handed control over their output to large technology companies who make smart speakers. They fear the US-based technology companies will hoard data on users’ listening habits, could be tempted to slip their own adverts into radio broadcasts, and may ultimately make it harder to find UK-produced content.

The BBC is particularly concerned by research suggesting that when BBC material is consumed through a smart speaker or other third party device, audiences are substantially less likely to mentally associate it with the BBC. This has potentially enormous implications for the future of the licence fee and convincing audiences to pay for the BBC in the future.

The government-commissioned digital radio and audio review, which asked industry voices for their views on the future of radio, has now asked the government to propose legislation to force Amazon and other companies to carry UK radio services on a free-to-air basis. A similar lobbying battle is currently being fought by UK television channels to secure so-called “prominence” on the home screens of modern television sets.

Radio stations also want a law to prohibit technology companies from inserting their own advertisements without the radio broadcaster’s consent, as well as legislation requiring car manufacturers to continue to prominently display radio stations on car dashboards.

The newly appointed media minister, Julia Lopez, said the government would reflect on the findings and “consider new rules” to protect the future of the British radio industry as part of forthcoming broadcasting regulation.

Read more at
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/oct/21/radio-industry-call-for-government-protection-from-smart-assistants?
CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

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WIA announces new Club Coordinator

Sunday 24th October 2021

Peter Schrader, WIA Director VK4EA writing on WIA Front Page News
(www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2021/20211012-1/index.php) tells how Angelo Giuffre VK2NWT is our new WIA Club Coordinator.

Angelo, as far as background goes, is owner and operator of a Post Office in the Snowy Mountains. Prior to that, was the local Newsagent in Jindabyne for thirteen years after working a long stint in Ski Resort administration.

He's been a a very keen shortwave listener for many years and a licensed amateur since 2009, member and secretary of the Snowy Mountains Amateur Radio Club.

WIA

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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 23rd October 2021

How to run an SSB contest without using your voice ...

As you might know, I consider myself a contester. I derive great pleasure from getting on air and making noise during a contest. It gives me a wonderful opportunity to test my station, hone my skills and work on learning something new every time I participate.

Due to circumstances I've been away from contesting for a number of years, but recently I was able scratch my itch from my own shack. For 24 glorious hours I was able to make contacts from the comfort of my home, being able to make a cup of tea, eat some dinner, stay warm, catch a nap when the bands were closed and generally have a blast.

My set-up worked well. Operating QRP or low power, I used a basic contest logger, since I wasn't expecting to be making many contacts. To automatically call CQ, I recorded my voice and set-up a script that played the audio, waited four seconds, then played it again. Using my audio mixer, I could turn that on and off at will and between that and the headset I was wearing I had loads of fun and even made contacts!

During the last three hours of the contest my partner came home. After hearing me attempt to confirm an exchange for a while, it became apparent that making exchanges, calling CQ and generally talking out loud was going to be an issue in our home, since my shack is within hearing range of the entire house. That or I'm going deaf and my voice is getting louder. I do get excited from time to time!

For the past several months I've been trying to find a solution and until today I wasn't getting any closer.

I didn't think I was asking for too much.

I'm looking for a contest logger, that runs on Linux, that has the super check partial database, knows the contest rules and most importantly, has a voice keyer with the ability to actually voice the exchange itself, as-in, not a pre-recorded audio file, but the ability to speak any callsign and any exchange.

As an aside, the super check partial database is a list of frequently heard contest callsigns, originally introduced by Ken K1EA, which if used properly, helps you when you're deciphering a callsign on a noisy band. Using it to guess calls and make mistakes can result in significant penalties for some contests.

The only tool I've come across that does all this in any way is N1MM. It runs on Windows and I have to tell you, the idea of having to buy a new computer, just to run a supported version of Windows just doesn't do it for me. N1MM also doesn't use Hamlib, so my radio needs to be physically connected to the computer. I won't bore you with my weeks of attempts, but it became farcical.

During my months of exploration I looked at and tried plenty of other tools. Many of them aren't intended for contesting, don't have access to the super check partial database, don't do voice-keying, don't run under Linux, require weird bits of extra software, have little or no documentation and a myriad of other issues like having to compile from source with arcane library requirements, the list goes on.

One contender that got close was a text only tool called TLF. It got so close that I almost used it for my previous contest. In the end I didn't because it was doing unpredictable things with the display and I had to write my own contest rule file for an unsupported contest which I couldn't test in time to actually use.

Today I took another look.

TLF doesn't have a voice-keyer on board, but it does have the ability to interface with a Morse-keyer, which is interesting, since it implies that there is a process that translates callsigns and messages typed in with a keyboard into Morse, which might mean that it may be possible to pretend to be a Morse-key and make voice sounds instead.

The Morse-keyer software in question is cwdaemon. It accepts text messages from TLF and then converts those into Morse code and then directly controls your radio to generate dits and dahs on-air.

I started digging through the source code when I realised that cwdaemon might have a debug mode that shows what it's doing. Turns out, not only does it have a debug option, you can also prevent it from keying your radio. Which means that I should be able to get TLF to generate the messages, cwdaemon to show those messages and me to do something useful, like play audio files as appropriate.

If I pull this off, it will mean that I can operate my station as if I'm running CW, but the radio will be transmitting voice, which makes for a beautiful way to save my vocal chords whilst running a contest without bothering anyone else and do this without needing to install Windows, which frankly, in my book is a win.

If I succeed, and I think the odds are good, I'll publish my efforts on my github repository for you to use, if you're so inclined.

I have to confess, when I started this adventure, I was not at all convinced that I could make this happen and I'd all but thrown in the towel. It still quite unbelievable to me that this kind of thing doesn't appear to exist, but if all goes well, it should soon.

What are you going to be doing for your next contest?

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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Failed Russian satellite crashes back to Earth over the US and Canada

Saturday 23rd October 2021

The spacecraft didn't make it to orbit and went out in a blaze of glory instead

A fireball that blazed a slow trail across the skies above Michigan and other nearby states and provinces Tuesday night wasn't a meteor but instead a spacecraft making an unexpected homecoming.

Dozens of photos, videos and eyewitness reports came pouring into the American Meteor Society from the Great Lakes region and as far south as Tennessee.

Astronomer Jonathan McDowell, a leading observer of satellites and other orbital spacecraft, was quick to note on Twitter that the sightings corresponded very closely to "the exact predicted time Kosmos-2551 passed over the region."

Kosmos-2551 was a Russian reconnaissance satellite that launched on Sept. 9 but didn't make it into orbit.

Videos captured from across the region show a fireball working its way across the evening sky for nearly a minute. This is one hint that the fiery object likely was not natural, as meteors are typically much smaller and can move faster, allowing them to burn up quick. A bulky satellite, on the other hand, can take longer to disintegrate and meets more resistance as it reenters the atmosphere, leading to a more prolonged burn.

Although the images appear to show the artificial satellite edging ever closer to the ground as it makes a run for the horizon, McDowell clarified that it was actually being observed at an altitude of about 40 miles (64 kilometers).

The fireball isn't the only one to be seen this week. The Orionids reached a peak Thursday morning, and fireballs from that meteor shower may continue to light up the skies through the weekend.

Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/failed-russian-satellite-crashes-back-to-earth-over-the-us-and-canada/

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Fireball over Michigan likely dead Russian satellite reentry

Saturday 23rd October 2021

The American Meteor Society (AMS) received several reports of a fireball seen over Michigan and surrounding US states on October 20, 2021. It was likely the reentry of a defunct Russian satellite known as Kosmos-2551.

Watch this Space.Com video

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National Argentine Radio Amateur Day

Saturday 23rd October 2021

The Saxon say: radio has the charm of being a traditional means of communication, which despite all the new technologies, connects with the public using only one resource: voice.

Since its inception, radio has always been, despite technological advances, a vital means of communication between the countryside and the city. Especially in those regions where distances are long and modernity is slow.

What radio amateurs do

Radio amateurs intervene with their stations and equipment, where summoned or not, provide their service in situations of emergencies, catastrophes or other needs where traditional communications cease or are not available.

We emphasize then with this, that the activity is not a hobby, but a Service, in which the radio amateur makes his equipment and knowledge available to be used by the community.

History of radio amateurs

The October 15, 1913, the Ministry of the Navy regulated the radioelectric spectrum and was the one who granted the first amateur radio license to Teodoro Belloq. He installed a telegraph radio station in Av. Callao at 1600, and another in a fifth in San Isidro.

The October 21, 1921 a qualified group of radio amateurs met, the Radio Club Argentino, the third radio club in the world in the history of mankind, then from England (Real Society Great Britain) and the United States (American Radio Relay League).

The “Argentine Radio Amateur Day” was instituted by the Third Argentine Convention of Radio Amateurs, held in the city of Mar del Plata del November 4-14, 1950.

The Argentine satellite Lusat 1 (one of the 7 that were sent and the first by Argentina) launched in January 1990, by means of an Ariane rocket, was developed by a group of Argentine radio amateurs, through Amsat Argentina and built in part in our country and the rest in Boulder, Colorado.

Its mission, which still works despite the fact that its batteries operate at a fraction of their initial power, is to provide packet communications to all radio amateurs in the country and around the world.

Source: https://thesaxon.org/national-argentine-radio-amateur-day/88332/

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WSJT-X version 2.5.1 released

Friday 22nd October 2021

The development team have announced the General Availability (GA) release of WSJT-X version 2.5.1.  

This release mainly contains improvements and defect repairs related to Q65 and JT65 modes when used with non-standard and compound calls.  Also included is a new feature for microwave aircraft scatter, and repairs for defects detected since the 2.5.0 GA release.

A full list of changes can be found in the Release Notes:
https://physics.princeton.edu//pulsar/k1jt/Release_Notes.txt

IMPORTANT: If you expect to use the JT65 or Q65 modes to make weak-signal QSOs that involve a nonstandard callsign, be sure to upgrade to WSJT-X 2.5.1!

Links to WSJT-X 2.5.1 installation packages for Windows, Linux, and Macintosh are available here:
http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html

You can also download the packages from our SourceForge site:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/wsjt/files/
It may take a short time for the SourceForge site to be updated.

WSJT-X is licensed under the terms of Version 3 of the GNU General Public License (GPL).  Development of this software is a cooperative project to which many amateur radio operators have contributed.  If you use our code, please have the courtesy to let us know about it.  If you find bugs or make improvements to the code, please report them to us in a timely fashion.

The authors and Copyright holders of WSJT-X request that derivative works should not publish programs based on features in WSJT-X before those features are made available in a General Availability (GA) release of WSJT-X.  We will cease making public Release Candidate (RC) pre-releases for testing and user early access purposes if this request is ignored.

Bugs should be reported by following instructions found here in the User Guide:
https://www.physics.princeton.edu//pulsar/K1JT/wsjtx-doc/wsjtx-main-2.5.1.html#_bug_reports

We hope you will enjoy using WSJT-X 2.5.1.

73 from Joe, K1JT; Bill, G4WJS; Steve, K9AN; and
Nico, IV3NWV

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IARUMS September newsletter now available

Friday 22nd October 2021

The IARU Region 1 Monitoring System newsletter reports Radio Ethiopia has been operating on 7110 kHz AM in the 40m amateur radio band

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 September 2021 newsletter can be read at
https://www.iaru-r1.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/IARUMS-Newsletter-2021-09.pdf

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

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

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

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New EMF Regulation: QO-100 satellite / Microwave operation

Friday 22nd October 2021

BATC has released a video of an online talk given by Ian GM3SEK and Peter G4SDE on EMF calculations for Microwaves and QO-100 satellite operations

The talk was given during the BATC CAT21 online convention.  

The presentation in PDF and PPS format is available for download at
https://wiki.batc.org.uk/CAT_21

Watch Microwave EMF

UK amateurs must have Electromagnetic Field (EMF) assessments in place for operation above 110 MHz from November 18, 2021. The RSGB calculator and guidance on EMF is at  https://rsgb.org/emf

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ARDC grants to fund Amateur Radio project expansions

Friday 22nd October 2021

The ARRL report that two recent Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) grants will benefit the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club (SBARC), K6TZ, and Oregon HamWAN.

A $35,550 grant will enable SBARC to construct an amateur radio station at the new Chrisman California Islands Center (CCIC) in downtown Carpinteria, California, at the invitation of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation (SCIF). According to Levi Maaia, K6LCM, who is the K6TZ club call sign trustee, the station is scheduled to open in 2022. SBARC promotes education and training programs for anyone interested in ham radio. It also encourages and sponsors experiments in electronics and promotes the highest standards of practice and ethics in the conduct of communications.

The station will be prominently located near the CCIC main entrance. An interactive display will provide an overview of amateur radio communications and the role that amateur radio has played in the history of the islands.

When the station is not staffed, visitors can interact with it using a custom touchscreen that controls an interactive presentation on amateur radio and wireless technologies and their importance to mariners, aviators, scientists, and explorers who visit the rugged islands off the California coast. Webcams connected to the station via SBARC’s microwave data network will offer visitors a view of the island’s terrain in real time.

An ARRL-Affiliated club, SBARC already maintains open repeaters, data systems, and a club station in Santa Barbara County under the K6TZ call sign.

Oregon HamWAN has received an ARDC grant of $88,000 to expand its digital communications network. The project aims to enhance amateur radio digital and emergency communications capabilities between Portland and Salem, Oregon.

The nonprofit plans to expand its digital communications network by deploying 12 network backbone distribution sites between the two cities. Eventually, the sites will connect to the Puget Sound Data Ring, which currently extends from Seattle to Vancouver, Washington. The network would allow emergency management personnel to communicate in the event of a disaster, such as a major earthquake, that disrupts telecommunications systems. In such cases, amateur radio operators will be able to quickly set up network nodes where they are needed to provide emergency communication via the Oregon HamWAN digital network. “This will be a game changer for emergency communications in the Portland area,” said Herb Weiner, AA7HW, the Oregon HamWAN Project Leader.

“Deciding to fund [the] Oregon HamWAN project was an easy decision,” said ARDC Grants Advisory Committee Chair John Hays, K7VE. “It is a well-organized and well-staffed project that uses multiple amateur radio technologies, such as the 44Net IP address space, 5 GHz radios, and proven software methodologies. It will provide a strong backbone network in Oregon and help preserve our microwave bands.”

ARDC is a California-based private foundation that supports innovative amateur radio projects. The foundation makes grants for projects and organizations that follow amateur radio’s practice and tradition of technical experimentation in both amateur radio and digital communication science.

ARRL

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20 years ago, a severe geomagnetic storm

Friday 22nd October 2021

20 years ago today, two CMEs hit Earth's magnetic field.

The rapid double blow sparked a severe geomagnetic storm with auroras so bright they were visible in some US states before nightfall. Power grids, satellite networks and the internet survived the event, which lasted for more than 36 hours.

Learn more @ Spaceweather.com

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ComReg Proposed Strategy for Managing the Radio Spectrum 2022-2024

Friday 22nd October 2021

We remind readers that the deadline for submissions in response to the ComReg Document 21/90 close at 1600 today, Friday October 22nd.

There are several significant issues of great interest to the amateur community in the document and you may not get another chance to have an input for some time.

The link to the document is www.comreg.ie/media/2021/09/Comreg-2190.pdf

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

Friday 22nd October 2021

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by W2GD, 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.

KINGDOM OF SWATINI, 3DA0. A group of operators are QRV as 3DA0WW until October 26. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 in DXpedition mode. QSL direct to YL2GN.

THE GAMBIA, C5. Operators Jan-Francois, F4AHV, Gerard, F5NVF, Luc, F5RAV and Abdel, M0NPT will be QRV as C5C from Kololi from October 24 to November 19. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, FT8, FT4, and Satellite activity on QO-100. QSL via F5RAV.

BAHAMAS, C6. Richard, NN2T will be QRV as C6AHB from Bimini Island, IOTA NA-048, from October 27 to November 3. This includes being active in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL to home call.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Members of the DARC local association Wolfsburg and possibly others will be QRV as special event station DR0OEBIS until the end of 2021 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the railway station Oebisfelde. Activity will be on various HF bands and Satellites using CW, SSB, RTTY and various digital modes. QSL via bureau.

MARTINIQUE, FM. Miguel, EA1BP will be QRV as FM/EA1BP from October 27 to November 5. This includes being active as TO7O in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL to home call.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, HC8. Members of the Tifariti Gang/DX Friends will be QRV as HD8R from October 26 to November 7. Activity will be with four active stations on 160 to 6 meters, including 60 meters, using CW, SSB, various digital modes, and on Low-Earth orbit Satellites. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest as either a Multi/2 or Multi/Multi entry. QSL via EA5RM.

SARDINIA, IS0. Richard, OM2TW is QRV as IS0/OM2TW until November 1. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using CW, SSB, and various digital modes. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via OM2FY.

JAPAN, JA. Members of the radio club in the city of Tama are QRV as 8N1TAMA until the end of June 2022 to mark their city's 50th anniversary. Activity is on 160 meters to 70 centimeters using CW, SSB and FM. QSL via bureau.

ARGENTINA, LU. Special event station L21RCA is QRV until the end of 2021 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Radio Club Argentina. QSL via LU4AA.

BELGIUM, ON. Special event stations ON75AF, ON75BAF and ON75BFS are QRV until the end of 2021 to draw attention to the 75th anniversary of the Belgian Air Force. QSL via operators' instructions.

BONAIRE, PJ4. Tjeerd, PE1OJR is QRV as PJ4/PE1OJR until October 29. Activity is holiday style mainly on 40 and 20 meters using SSB, FT8 and FT4. QSL via LoTW.

SABA, ST. EUSTATIUS, PJ5. John, W5JON will be QRV as PJ5/W5JON from St. Eustatius, IOTA NA-145, from October 24 to November 1. Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters using SSB and FT8. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL direct to home call.

ARUBA, P4. John, W2GD will be QRV as P40W from October 25 to November 1. Activity will be on all bands as time permits. This includes being active in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via LoTW.

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5. Mario, W4HBW is QRV as VP5MA from Providenciales Island, IOTA NA-002, until October 31. He is usually active on 20 and 15 meters using FT8. QSL direct to home call.

BERMUDA, VP9. Jeff, N6CQ will be QRV as VP9/N6GQ from October 27 to November 1. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW and SSB. He plans to be active as VP9I in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via operator's instructions.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO

The ARRL EME Contest, Stew Perry Topband CW Challenge, North American SSB Sprint Contest, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, YBDXPI FT8 Contest, UK/EI DX SSB Contest and the Classic CW Exchange are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The Telephone Pioneers QSO Party and K1USN Slow Speed Test are scheduled for October 25.

The Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest and RTTYOPS Weeksprint are scheduled for October 26.

The SKCC CW Sprint, Phone Fray, CWops Mini-CWT Test and UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest are on tap for October 27.
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Please see October QST, page 75, and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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Centenary of Argentina's national amateur radio society

Thursday 21st October 2021

IARU Region 2 President, Ramón Santoyo XE1KK, has congratulated the Radio Club Argentino on its centennial

The IARU -R2 announcement says:

I'm pleased to congratulate Radio Club Argentino on its first centennial, both on my behalf and on behalf of the IARU Region 2 Executive Committee.

The histories of our organizations are closely linked. Radio Club Argentino is the only organization of Latin America that participated in IARU's foundation in Paris in 1925 and also in the creation of IARU Region 2 in Mexico City in 1964.  

Throughout all these years, Radio Club Argentino and IARU have worked for the benefit of amateur radio in a joint and coordinated manner. This has resulted in better development of our  hobby at the national, regional and worldwide level.  

The good results and, naturally, the affection and friendship that unite us, confirm that by working in a coordinated manner, we can achieve what we set out to do.

Congratulations, dear friends of Radio Club Argentino!

Ramón Santoyo, XE1KK
President IARU Region 2

IARU Region 2
https://iaru-r2.org/

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Enthusiast built radio telescope in back garden

Thursday 21st October 2021

The Derby Telegraph reports on radio enthusiast Kenneth Stevens who in 1959 produced a radio picture of the Milky Way from his home

He built an antenna which could pick up radio signals transmitted by Russians to their Sputnik spacecraft and clad one side of his house with DIY solar panels for experiments involving solar radiation.

Read the Derby Telegraph story at
https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/nostalgia/amateur-scientist-transformed-littleover-home-2926831

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45 million people targeted by scam calls and texts this summer

Thursday 21st October 2021

Almost 45 million people have been on the receiving end of potential scam texts or calls in the last three months, new Ofcom research reveals.

More than eight in 10 (82%) said they had received a suspicious message, in the form of either a text, recorded message or live phone call to a landline or mobile. This represents an estimated 44.6 million adults in the UK.

Scams are more commonly attempted via text messages with seven in 10 people (71%) saying they have received a suspicious text, and three quarters (75%) of those aged 16-34 were targeted.

Our research also shows that suspicious calls continue to be a threat for landline users, with older people particularly susceptible. Three in five (61%) people aged 75 and over reported receiving a potential scam call to their landline.

Ofcom is encouraging anyone who receives a suspicious text message to report it by forwarding the message to 7726, which directs the message to the mobile provider.

If you’ve received a scam call, you can report it to Action Fraud, which is the reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Reports of fraud and any other financial crime in Scotland should be made to Police Scotland via 101.

A news release with more details about the announcement is also available.

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Ham radios to the rescue in rain-hit Kerala

Thursday 21st October 2021

The district administration here has sought the service of Ham radio operators to coordinate disaster relief operations in case the communication system gets cut off due to any rain-related incident.

Even as the incessant rains and resultant flooding disrupted lives across central Kerala, ham radio enthusiasts have quietly swung into action in Thrissur district, setting up their unique work stations to ensure a steady stream of communication in case nature's fury wreaked havoc on conventional systems of contact.

The district administration here has sought the service of Ham radio operators to coordinate disaster relief operations in case the communication system gets cut off due to any rain-related incident.

"Communication turns out to be a major challenge when natural calamities strike. During heavy floods, there are chances that the power supply will be down for days, which will affect the communication systems including the mobile phones," Sarachandran C S, a former merchant navy officer-turned-ham radio operator told PTI.

He is one of the ten operators hired by the Thrissur administration to handle emergency communication in case of any untoward incidents.

All the operators have the Amateur Station Individual Operator licence issued by the Union government.

All the Taluks offices in Thrissur district are currently equipped with radio facilities so that even when all other communication systems are down, emergency services can be contacted and details can be shared.

The services of ham radio operators were utilised during the 2018 August deluge when the whole state was ravaged.

"As the state was flooded, power connection was lost in most parts. This affected mobile communication in many places. Our service was sought by the district administration. Over 40 ham radio operators worked and helped at least 2,000 people during the floods that year," Sarachandran said.

Ham radio and its operations are considered as the "King of all hobbies" and amateur radio, as it is otherwise known, is internationally accepted as a means of emergency communication

Read more at:
Economic Times

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Approval of Phone-Paid Services Authority’s new code of practice

Thursday 21st October 2021

Ofcom has today approved a new edition of the Phone-paid Services Authority’s code of practice for regulating premium rate services.

Ofcom has overall responsibility to make sure that people who use premium rate services are protected, by ensuring appropriate rules are in place and enforced. To achieve this, we have designated the Phone-paid Services Authority (PSA) to carry out the day-to-day regulation of these services, which it does by enforcing the rules set out in its code of practice.

Last year, the PSA carried out a major strategic review of its rules, to ensure they remain fit for purpose in the coming years. Any changes to the code must be approved by Ofcom before they can take effect.

Following consultation, we have approved the changes the PSA has proposed

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UK EI Contest

Thursday 21st October 2021

The next UKEI CC contest will be the 24 hour International DX SSB Contest on next weekend, October 23rd and 24th, followed by the monthly one hour CW contest on Wednesday October 27th.

Full details including calendar and all results are available on www.ukeicc.com

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The Gambia

Thursday 21st October 2021

Operators Jan Francois/F4AHV (ex-6W7RV), Gérard/F5NVF , Abdel/M0NPT (7X2TT) and Luc/F5RAV will be active as C5C from Kololi (WW Loc. IK13PK), The Gambia, between October 24th and November 19th.

Activity will be on 80-10 meters (depending of local situation and the propagation) using CW, SSB, FT8/FT4 (NO F/H) and the QO-100 satellite if possible.

Suggested planned frequencies are:
CW - 3526, 7026, 10102, 14026, 18086, 21026, 24906 and 28023 kHz
SSB - 3797*, 7197**, 14275***, 18120, 21275, 24955 and 28465 kHz
FT8/FT4 - 3567, 7056, 10131, 14095, 18095, 21091, 24911 and 28081 kHz
They will listen up on all CW frequencies.
* up 10 USA, down 10 EU
** up 10 / down 5
*** + 5/10 up

The team is also planning to be active in CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st).

QSL via F5RAV direct

OPDX

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IARU R1 Youth Working Group connecting with Scouts

Wednesday 20th October 2021

IARU Region 1 report during the COVID-19 pandemic, Team YOTA established a monthly online series called “YOTA Online”. In one of its episodes the main topic covered was the 'JOTA/JOTI' scouts event

The IARU-r1 post reads:

Through this one hour live-show we, the IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group, connected to the former International Commissioner of the RdP (Ring deutscher Pfadfinder) towards the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), Marcus Klapdor.

Through lots of online meetings and phone calls we were invited to join the German JOTA/JOTI Headquarters during the worldwide event held during 15th-17th October 2021. Thus, our preparations for putting up a reasonable amateur radio setup for HF and QO100 operations started soon. With the very obliging help of fellow hams we were able to put together and operate the station DL0JOTA. This special callsign was brought on the air at the “Castle Rieneck” near Frankfurt, Germany, by a small delegation of the IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group.

While around 20 scouts from all over Germany joined this event, also international active Scouts were present at the location. Claudia Großer (DC2CL), Philipp Springer (DK6SP) and Markus Großer (DL8GM) were very happy to introduce these commited people into the world of amateur radio and its youth working within IARU Region 1. Further, good questions were asked by all attending and were answered in the best way possible. Good talks with the Chairperson of the European Scout Committee within WOSM, Lars Kramm, among others have been very informative and target-oriented. We, as the Youth Working Group within IARU Region 1 will keep this good contact into the committee and will negotiate about future joint-events and cooperations again soon.

The Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) program included activities like operating a HF radio or via the geo-stationary satellite QO-100 on side-band or digital. Though, the best response from the attending Scouts was the presentation of morse code. We were very impressed what these young talented people already knew and asked in detail with lots of emphasize. Also, skeds with other worldwide Scout groups in different countries like Luxembourg, The Netherlands, England among others were successfully completed. Furthermore, we prepared a small ARDF fox hunt to show off the big variety of our common hobby.

The organizers of this Scout get-together took care of the Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI) part of the event themselves. They programmed little Micro:Bit computers, chatted with worldwide Scouts or printed 3D-models of antennas etc..

In summary, it can be said that the trusting cooperation so far has been a complete success. This was confirmed by the first personal meeting of those involved in the project and is to be continued and steadily expanded in the future. Stay tuned!

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

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School's ham radio space contact in the press

Wednesday 20th October 2021

Newbury Today reports on the amateur radio contact between students at Mary Hare school and the International Space Station

The newspaper says:

History was made at Mary Hare school this week as its pupils made contact with the International Space Station (ISS) as it passed overhead.

At precisely 12 minutes past 12, direct contact was made with an astronaut aboard the ISS, with the help of Newbury and District Amateur Radio Society.

“We are aiming quite high today,” the spokesperson for the Newbury and District Amateur Radio Society (NADARS), Lloyd Farrington M5LDF, told students as they awaited the much anticipated contact from space.

One Mary Hare pupil, Rosie Harris said: “I do love getting involved with sciences, it is very interesting to see all of those radios and stuff, getting in contact.”

Read the full story at
https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/mary-hare-pupils-reach-for-the-stars-in-contact-with-interna-9220499/

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UN Day transmission from Sweden's SAQ set for October 24

Wednesday 20th October 2021

On United Nations Day, Sunday October 24th, 2021, the unique and historical Alexanderson alternator in Grimeton Sweden, with call sign SAQ, is scheduled to send out a message to the whole world on 17.2 kHz CW.

Program and transmission schedule:
15:30 CET (13:30 UTC: Information about World Heritage Grimeton for visitors at the Visitor’s Center
16:00 CET (14:00 UTC): Transmitter Hall visit for visitors.

Transmission & YouTube Live stream:
16:25 CET (14:25 UTC): Live stream begins.
16:30 CET (14:30 UTC): Startup and tuning of the Alexanderson Alternator SAQ.
17:00 CET (15:00 UTC): Transmission of a message from SAQ.

YouTube Live Stream:
17:20 (15:20 UTC): Live music concert from the transmitter hall. More details to follow on our website.

We are proud to announce that this year’s message has been composed by the Swedish human rights lawyer and sustainability expert Ms. Parul Sharma.

Test transmissions
We are planning to carry our some test transmission on October 22nd, approximatley between 13:00 CET (11:00 UTC) and 16:00 CET (14:00 UTC). SAQ will be on air shorter periods of time during this interval, when we will be carrying out some tests and measurements. Your comments are welcome to info@alexander.n.se.

Live Video from World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station
The event can be seen live on our YouTube Channel or by following the link below.

https://alexander.n.se/en/saq-grimeton-un-day-transmission-on-october-24th-2021/

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AMSAT-UK Online Colloquium Sunday Oct 24

Wednesday 20th October 2021

The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium will be held as an online Zoom Webinar on Sunday, October 24. You don’t have to be a member of AMSAT-UK to attend, and the event is free.

The Colloquium will run from 10.45 BST to approximately 16.00 BST (0945-1500 GMT). A full programme of the event is available at
https://amsat-u
k.org/colloquium

This year’s colloquium will be in the form of a Zoom Webinar. It’s easy to use, simply register at the address below, and follow the instructions which will arrive by email.

Please register before the 24th, or join live at
https://tinyurl.com/AMSATUK2021Colloquium

The 2021 colloquium will also be streamed via YouTube at
https://www.youtube.com/user/AMSATUK

The event will be hosted by members of AMSAT-UK and formally opened by our Chairman, Martin Sweeting, G3YJO.

Each presentation will be followed by a 5 minute Q+A session, which will allow those viewing via Zoom, to pose questions to the speakers.

The 2021 colloquium will be followed by the AMSAT-UK AGM and after a short break there will be an informal evening discussion session on ‘All things satellite.’

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Radio amateurs invited to participate in the Antarctic Eclipse Festival in December

Wednesday 20th October 2021

The HamSCI Antarctic Eclipse Festival in December is seeking amateur radio participation.

As the shadow of the moon passes across Antarctica on December 4, it will generate traveling ionospheric disturbances that will, in turn, affect radio propagation. The unusual geometry of this year’s eclipses will give researchers an opportunity to investigate complicated ionospheric dynamics over the poles as the long daytime of polar summer is briefly interrupted by the eclipse.

During this and other HamSCI eclipse festivals, hams and citizen-scientists are asked to collect Doppler-shift data from time-standard stations, such as WWV. All that’s needed is an HF radio connected to a computer. A GPS-disciplined oscillator is helpful for collecting data, but it is not required. Data collection will run from December 1 through December 10, and the results will be made available for scientific analysis.

All radio amateurs and shortwave listeners are invited to join in, even those located far from the path of totality. In 2020, more than 100 individuals from 45 countries took part in eclipse festivals.The instructions are available in multiple languages.

HamSCI is an initiative of ham radio operators and geospace scientists dedicated to advancing scientific research and understanding through amateur radio activities. Eclipse festivals are pilot campaigns for the Personal Space Weather Station (PSWS), HamSCI’s flagship project. The PSWS team seeks to develop a global network of citizen-science stations. Participants monitor the geospace environment to deepen scientific understanding and enhance the radio art.

For more information on the Antarctic Eclipse Festival and how to participate, visit the HamSCI website. 
Thanks to Kristina Collins, KD8OXT

ARRL

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New CQ World Wide Youth category to debut October 30-31

Wednesday 20th October 2021

The new Youth category for the CQ World Wide DX Contest will debut October 30 – 31 with the phone weekend.

The category covers contesters age 25 years old or younger and applies to both the phone and CW weekends (CW, November 27 – 28).

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 (the Americas) is one of several organizations sponsoring plaques for the top young scorers. In Region 2, plaques will be awarded to the top Youth score in each CQ WW event in North America and South America — four in all.

Youth plaques are sponsored by other entities for participants from all continents in both events.

Unlicensed listeners can log all the stations they hear and compare with other shortwave listener (SWL) logs. Certificates are available for everyone submitting a contest log.

ARRL

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JOTA in Indonesia

Wednesday 20th October 2021

Jamboree On The Air activities over the weekend of October 16-17 were covered by the press in Indonesia and quoted on the ORARI website

A translation of an ORARI post reads:

Regional Kwartir (Kwarda) Banten held the 83rd Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) and the 41st National-level Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI) which was attended by the work council, scout enforcement, and scout pandega in Banten.

The event held at Kwarda Banten Building in Serang City, October 16-18, 2020, was opened by Waka Binamuda Kwarda Banten, Eneng Nurcahyati, Friday (16/10), implementing the COVID-19 health protocol in accordance with government advice.

Present at the opening was Waka Field Binawasa Kwarda Banten Cepi Safrul Alam, Vice Chairman of ORARI Banten Sammy Jonathan, Secretary of Kwarda Banten Iptu Satibi and Kwarcab scout movement in Banten.

This activity in collaboration with ORARI is an opportunity for Scouts to be trained in the use of air-based technology and internet networks and is expected to provide more opportunities in providing materials to participants.

"This training opportunity is expected to be an introduction for participants to radio and internet technology in order to be more prudent and wise in their use," Eneng said.

He hopes the Boy Scouts can be the vanguard in the use of radio and internet communication technology. Banten itself is one of the areas prone to natural disasters so that Scouts can report natural disasters events appropriately and respond at the location by using radio and internet.

"Scouts are pioneers, future fighters, communication management using radio and internet must be mastered wisely by Scouts. Regarding the current COVID-19 pandemic. Scouts, through this activity, can report on situations related to the COVID-19 pandemic," he said. Eneng.

He explained that participants in this activity will be trained properly and responsively, with the hope of getting outputs, namely participants understand the use of air and network technology.

"There is great hope for the participants to be able to operate and apply the results of the National JOTA-JOTI training for the Banten Region this time. This activity is also a form of friendship between Scouts by utilizing air and network technology," he said.

Orari Banten Vice Chairman Sammy Jonathan said, this activity is an introduction to participants how to use radio communication devices, how they operate and how preparation before amateur radio is done.

"For the follow-up plan of this activity that is after they know and understand they can take the amateur radio test to get a license that is indeed from ORARI itself," Sammy said.

Source Monologis
https://monologis.id/nusantara/kwarda-banten-gelar-jota-ke83-dan-joti-ke41-nasional

See other JOTA stories at
https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Indonesia

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The low-down on long-wave: Unlicensed experimental radio

Wednesday 20th October 2021

In the 125 years since Marconi made his first radio transmissions, the spectrum has been divvied up into ranges and bands, most of which are reserved for governments and large telecom companies.

Amidst all of the corporate greed, the 'little guys managed to carve out their own small corner of the spectrum, with the help of organizations like the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

Since 1914, the ARRL has represented the interests of us amateur radio enthusiasts and helped to protect the bands set aside for amateur use. To actually take advantage of the wonderful opportunity to transmit on these bands, you need a license, issued by the FCC. The licenses really aren’t hard to get, and you should get one, but what if you don’t feel like taking a test? Or if you’re just too impatient?

Well, fear not because there’s some space on the radio spectrum for you, too.

Welcome to the wonderful world of (legal!) unlicensed radio experimentation, where anything goes. Okay, not anything but the possibilities are wide open. There are a few experimental radio bands, known as LowFER, MedFER, and HiFER where anyone is welcome to play around. And of the three, LowFER seems the most promising.

LowFER, as the name would suggest, contains the lowest frequency range of the three, falling between 160 kHz and 190 kHz, with a whopping wavelength of around one mile. Also known as the 1750-meter band, this frequency range is well-suited for long transmission paths through ground wave propagation, a mode in which the radio signals move across the surface of the earth. This can easily carry even low-power signals hundreds of miles, and occasionally through some atmospheric black magic, signals have been known to travel thousands of miles. These ground wave signals also travel well across bodies of water, especially salt water.

Read the full Hackaday item at:
https://hackaday.com/2021/10/19/the-low-down-on-long-wave-unlicensed-experimental-radio/

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 20th October 2021

Island activities:
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON

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

AF-014; CT3, Madeira Archipelago:
Helmut/DF7EE will be back on Madeira from Oct. 25 until Nov. 2., signing CT9/DF7EE. During the CQ WW DX SSB Contest he uses the callsign CQ3W. QSL for CQ3W via ClubLog OQRS, LoTW; CT9/DF7EE via LoTW.

EU-024; I*0, Sardinia Island:
Richard/OM2TW operates holiday-style from Sardinia between Oct. 22 and Nov. 1 as IS0/OM2TW on HF (CW, SSB, digital modes). His focus will be on the CQ WW contest. QSL via OM2FY, LoTW.

EU-038; PA, Noord Holland/ Friesland/ Groningen Province group:
Eddy/DM5JBN activates Texel Island from the 20th to 26th as PA/DM5JBN on HF (CW, FT8). QSL via homecall (d/B), LoTW.

EU-064; F, Pays de Loire Region group:
Members of the Charente DX Group (CDXG) pay Noirmoutier Island (DIFM AT-020) a visit from the 24th to 30th. The team consists of Eric/F5LOW, Laurent/F5MNK, Fabrice/F5NBQ, Bertrand/ F6HKA, and Leon/ON4ZD/OS0S. QRV as TM2N on HF on CW, SSB, and digital modes. QSL via ON4ZD (d/B), ClubLog.

NA-067; W4, North Carolina State East (Carteret to Currituck County) group:
Mike/W7LG activates Hatteras Island holiday-style from Oct. 24 to 29 as W7LG/4 on 80, 40, and 20m on CW and SSB. QSL via W7LG (d), LoTW, eQSL.

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

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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AmateurLogic.TV celebrates 16 years

Tuesday 19th October 2021

AmateurLogic.TV, the world's first and longest running Amateur radio related video podcast, celebrated 16 years on the air Friday, October 15th.

Peter, VK3PB drops in for and update from downunder. George shows some of his favorite tips and projects from the last few years. Tommy demonstrates a neat battery capacity tester. Emile discovers new Cheap Tricks with Echolink.

Announcing the winner of our 16th Anniversary contest!
Cliff Boand, WA0JTW will receive an Icom IC-705 Transceiver, AH-705 Auto Tuner, LC-192 Backpack, MFJ-4230MV Power Supply, MFJ-2012 OCF Antenna, and RG-8X coax.

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European DX Foundation activity

Tuesday 19th October 2021

To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the European DX Foundation (EUDXF), look for the following stations to be using the special prefix callsign P*35EUDXF during the month of November:

PA35EUDXF -- Op Alex/PA1AW
PB35EUDXF -- Op Bob/PB5X
PC35EUDXF -- Op Tom/PA2TMS
PD35EUDXF -- Op Derk/PD9DX
PE35EUDXF -- Op Fred/PA3GDG
PF35EUDXF -- Ops Robert/PG7M & Bernard/PB7Z
PG35EUDXF -- Op Dirk/PA1BD
PH35EUDXF -- Op Wino/PA0ABM
PI35EUDXF -- CONTESTGROEP OUDE MAAS (PI4COM)

QSL all callsigns via PA1AW (Clublog's OQRS preferred).

OPDX

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Publications Library update

Tuesday 19th October 2021

The IRTS Publications Library contains newsletters and other IRTS publications from 1948 to the year 2000.

The library now holds more than 250 publications which have been scanned and converted to PDF for easy viewing or downloading. The most recent addition to the library is a copy of the August 1960 IRTS News, which was unearthed by Gerry EI8CC.

The topics covered in this issue include reports from 3 Field Day contest stations in the Dublin area and how the operators overcame a variety of technical and weather-related problems. There is also an interesting report on an IARU Region 1 Conference held in Folkestone, Kent during which the IRTS delegation offered to assist VHF operators from other countries to join in an effort to make a VHF transatlantic contact with the east coast of the USA.

The IRTS Publications library is at www.irts.ie/library and is well worth a visit. We continue to ask members to help to fill in the gaps by lending newsletters or other IRTS publications not currently in the library so that they can be scanned and added to the library.

IRTS

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Propagation Forecast Report

Tuesday 19th October 2021

October 18-24th)

Oct/18th BN Oct/21st HN Oct/23rd LN
Oct/19th BN Oct/22nd HN Oct/24th HN
Oct/20th HN

Solar Reference Keys / Indexes and Geomagnetic Reference

NORMALITY
GEOMAG
K Values

Alpha

AN - Above Normal

Quiet K=0-1

0-7

HN - High Normal Unsettled K=2

8-15

LN - Low Normal

Active

K=3

16-29

BN - Below Normal

Minor Storm

K=4

30-49

DIS - Disturbed

Major Storm

K=5

50-99

VRY DIS - Very Disturbed

Severe Storm

K=6-9

100-400

Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites for propagation:

* VOACAP predication Web page at: http://www.voacap.com/hf
and http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html

* DX.QSL.NET Propagation page: https://dx.qsl.net/propagation

* A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
https://www.facebook.com/thomasfranklingiellaw4hm

* SolarHam Web page: http://www.solarham.net

* Radio Propagation/Space Weather/Sunspot Cycle Information at:
http://sunspotwatch.com

* Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) & National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):
https://www.swpc.noaa.gov
https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/solar-cycle-progression

* News and Information About The Sun-Earth Environment:
https://www.spaceweather.com

* Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve overseas locations are at: http://arrl.org/propagation

* Information and tutorials on propagation are at: http://k9la.us

* Graphic propagation tool by DR2W: http://www.dr2w.de/dx-propagation

* Point to point propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk/p2p.html

* Real-time propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk

* Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm

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South Dublin Radio Club open again

Tuesday 19th October 2021

Subject to government guidance on the further easement of coronavirus restrictions on the 22nd of October 2021, South Dublin Radio Club is delighted to invite all current club members, returning members and new prospective members, to the reopening of our club premises at Ballyroan Community Centre, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, on Tuesday the 26th October 2021 from 20:00 to 22:00.

In order to update club records for insurance reasons and to be compliant with child protection legislation, club membership forms will be circulated for completion to all returning and new members on the night. Our annual membership fee of €20 is also payable on the night, please note that electronic payment is not currently available.

So whether you want to get reacquainted with old friends, you're newly licenced and want to make new amateur radio friends and get experience on club radio equipment, or you're looking to start your journey into the wonderful world of amateur radio - the original and best STEM hobby - please come along. We'll be delighted to see you!

IRTS

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Last few days for eSwatini

Tuesday 19th October 2021

Latvian RSF team continue to be active as 3DA0WW from eSwatini until October 26th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 (F/H).

For suggested frequencies, see:
https://lral.lv/3da0ww/freq.html

The team has had some power outages during their stay. QSL via YL2GN (direct) or ClubLog's OQRS (direct and by the Bureau). The log will be uploaded to LoTW six months after the end of the operation. For more details and updates, see: https://lral.lv/3da0ww/index.html

STATUS UPDATE [Oct.16th, 0800z]: Transmit antenna setup is finished. This morning the infamous dog escaped his fencing and collapsed one Spiderbeam. It will be repaired. As the setup is mostly finished team plans to be on the air more. Local LED lights are kept off to reduce the band noise. Beverage antenna is not yet installed. First 3368 QSOs were uploaded to ClubLog.

The team is located in 2 different houses in some distance from each other. One sub-QTH has Spiderbeam (20-10m bands), vertical for 80m band, another vertical for 40m band. Other sub-QTH has Spiderbeam (20-10m bands), DX-Commander vertical (40m-10m bands), 18m Spiderpole based top-loaded vertical for 160-30m bands. Up to 4 transceivers are in use. P.S. 1000z more photos added: https://lral.lv/3da0ww/photos.html

OPDX

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Galapagos Islands

Tuesday 19th October 2021

Members of the Tifariti Gang/DX Friends will be active as HD8R from Galapagos Islands (SA-004) between October 26th and November 7th.

It was reported this past week that Raul, EA5KA, had to cancel his participation in the HD8R Galapagos DXpedition and that Gérard, F2JD, would replace him.

Operators currently mentioned are Toni/EA5RM (Team Leader), Alberto/EA1SA, Gen/EA5EL, Javier/EA5KM, Manuel/EA7R, Jose Ramón/EA7X, Gérard/F2JD, Flo/F5CWU, Jean Jacques/F5NKX, Tony/F8ATS, Fausto/HC5VF, Faber/HK6F, Simone/IK5RUN and Fabrizio/IN3ZNR.

The pilot station will be Tony, EC7ZK. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, including 60m, using CW, SSB, the Digital modes and low orbit satellites with at least 4 stations that include Spiderbeams, verticals, Inverted"Ls" and beverages.

Suggested frequencies were listed in OPDX.1533. They will also be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) possibly as a Multi-2 or Multi-Multi entry.

QSL via EA5RM. Minimum requirements are:
Self Addressed Envelope (SAE) and 3 USDs for up to 15 QSOs or 3 QSL cards
(20 grams letter), 4 USDs are needed for more than 15 QSOs or 3 QSL cards.
QSL FOR DONORS: If you have donated 25 Euros, 30 USDs or more, send your QSO data by E-mail to their QSL Manager (ea5rm@arrl.net) including your address and they will send your HD8R QSL direct.#

An OQRS will also be available. For more details and updates, see: http://www.dxfriends.com/hd8r

OPDX

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United Nations Day

Tuesday 19th October 2021

Members of the Global Service Centre ARC (4U1GSC) are now active as 4U24OCT from Brindisi, Italy.

Activity is to mark 'United Nations Day' (October 24th), which has been celebrated since 1948.

The purpose of the UN Day event is to promote to people worldwide the principles of humanity, unity, and world peace.

Operations should be on 160-10 meters. Remember, this operation only counts for Italy for DXCC

QSL via 9A2AA or ClubLog

OPDX

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Oregon student satellite expected to launch early next year

Monday 18th October 2021

Portland State University say they expect Oregon's first satellite to be launched early in the new year

The PSU article says:

After months and months of research, testing and development, the Portland State Aerospace Society (PSAS) is preparing to hand off Oregon’s first satellite destined for the stars.

Later this month, the interdisciplinary student group will deliver the satellite known as OreSat0 to Seattle’s Spaceflight Inc. who will integrate OreSat0 into its Sherpa(R) Orbital Transfer Vehicle. The propulsive vehicle will carry and deploy many small satellites to orbit after hitching a ride to space aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled to launch no earlier than January 2022.

OreSat0 is the first in a series of three satellites designed by the Portland State Aerospace Society and is just about the size of a tissue box. The satellite includes solar panels, batteries, a color camera and an amateur radio system.


Read the article at
https://www.pdx.edu/news/psu-students-prep-oregons-first-satellite-space-flight

IARU Frequency coordination information
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=714

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No ham radio for Golden Globe Race 2022

Monday 18th October 2021

Yachting Monthly magazine reports the use of amateur radio in the Golden Globe Race 2022 has been banned due to unlicensed usage in 2018

The magazine says:

Next year, the Golden Globe Race will return, but with some changes.

HAM radio will also be banned, replaced with a 100% waterproof HF SSB radio and weather fax for receiving weather charts. In 2018, there was controversy when it was revealed some of the skippers didn’t have HAM radio licences.

This change has caused concerns, with some of the 2018 entrants highlighting difficulties in picking up Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) frequencies in the Southern Ocean due to the shrinking of the broadcasting network as more mariners rely on satellite communication.

The route is also different in the Golden Globe Race 2022, ‘to make it less demanding on the boats,’ according to McIntyre.


Read the full article at
https://www.yachtingmonthly.com/boat-events/golden-globe-race/golden-globe-race-2022-the-long-way-81199

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President's speech to Shaping the Future of Amateur Radio workshop

Monday 18th October 2021

The video of the address to IARU Region 1 Workshop - Shaping the Future of Amateur Radio - given by President Don Beattie G3BJ is now available

Almost 140 delegates are taking part in the workshop which runs from October 15-24, in several break-out sessions where they will work as teams on defining visions and ambitions for amateur radio, strategic objectives, with as end goal, actions, milestones and deliverables.

In his opening speech Don G3BJ notes:

"We are facing unprecedented challenges today. The world around us is changing fast, and many of these changes directly affect amateur radio and our community. By working together in this workshop event, we can help shape our future and invest in areas which will ensure that amateur radio remains an attractive and appealing activity for future generations."

Watch the video at
https://vimeo.com/628334110/03dcb27caf

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

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NRSI Radio News for Sunday - 17th October 2021

Monday 18th October 2021

Welcome Address

Our News Service will be transmitted every Sunday on 3633 KHz at 11:30 am Local time. We are delighted to announce that our membership is continuing to grow since our formation last year and we also have several new clubs/groups affiliated to our Society.


The NRSI (National Radio Society of Ireland) is a Member Society of EURAO, the European Radio Amateur’s Organisation, established in 2005, which is an association of independent amateur radio organisations in Europe. In 2019 the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) admitted EURAO as a member of its Radiocommunication Sector after a long process of five years since the first membership application was presented. With this goal achieved, Amateur Radio is no longer represented by a single organization. This is a great responsibility for EURAO and at the same time a very exciting challenge. EURAO focuses on the individuals engaged in the amateur radio hobby, rather than the hobby itself, and so it includes members from outside Europe.

Being a new Society, the NRSI is focused towards promoting the hobby as a STEM hobby for the 21st century, to attract youth as our primary objective. We emphasise openness and transparency, and inclusivity to our members and affiliated clubs. We intend to increase public visibility of the hobby and demonstrate the core values of amateur Radio through field days and public events that showcase the many aspects of our hobby.

We have established a Voluntary Emergency Communications Service providing communications by licenced radio operators for our communities.

NRSI runs a QSL bureau and is pleased to note that the number of QSL cards, both incoming and outgoing, are increasing.

All enquiries about the National Radio Society of Ireland and EURAO are very welcome and may be directed to our Secretary via NRSI, PO Box 13382, Roscommon, Ireland, F42 NY56.

Technical Support Panel

A panel of technical experts has been established with the goal of providing advice and support to new hobby entrants. Any newly licenced individual who is finding difficulty to carry out a test or operate their radio for the first time can be assisted by this panel.

If you have recently passed the HAREC exam and are wondering how to learn more about practically operating radio with other licensed Radio Amateurs, this panel will be available to assist you. We'd like to welcome new Radio Amateurs into the National Radio Society of Ireland. Contact with the technical panel can be made via the webpage www.nrsi.ie/support.

Scout’s Jamboree on the air

This weekend Scout’s Jamboree on the air has been operating stations throughout the world. Some of the stations setup in Ireland for the event were the 14th Galway Scout Group, the Longwood Meath Scouts, the 2nd Laois and Rathdowney, the 5th Mayo, and the Copper Coast Scout Group.

Limerick Clare Amateur Radio Club Rally

A reminder that the Limerick Clare Amateur Radio Club are planning to hold a Rally on the 7th of November 2021 in the Radisson Hotel & Spa, Ennis Road, Limerick, V94 YA2R. The venue can be contacted via email to info.limerick@radissonblu.com Their telephone number is 061456200. Further information about the event will become available later this month. The Rally is an excellent opportunity to purchase both new and second-hand equipment and this is the ideal event to meet up with some of the operators often heard on the air. For additional information regarding the rally, please visit www.nrsi.ie/events

EIFF-IRELAND

WWFF is an international and non-commercial program run by National coordinators of a large number of national Flora and Fauna programs. Until this year there was no national coordinator for Ireland. An NRSI committee member approached the global organisers with the aim of bringing the program into Ireland. This has now been successfully achieved. NRSI hopes that the awards provided by this endeavor will generate additional activity on the amateur radio bands.

Munster Radio Club

NRSI is pleased to announce the establishment of a new club in the country. The Munster Radio Club committee are keen to provide additional events and services in the region for all radio enthusiasts going forward into the future. Information about the club can be obtained from the NRSI website at www.nrsi.ie/munster

NRSI Response to ComReg Document - Proposed Strategy for Managing the Radio Spectrum 2022-2024

A reminder that ComReg, the Commission for Communication Regulation, has published a document, ComReg 21/90, seeking consultations on a wide range of licensing issues some of which would be of concern to the Amateur Radio Community. In keeping with many countries in Region 1, there will be additional regulations concerning measurement of non-ionising radiation which require that the use of radio equipment will not exceed the basic restrictions in the relevant tables for general public exposure. This issue is well documented on the Ofcom pages under the heading of Electromagnetic fields. The subject of the entry level licence is also mentioned in the document. As these two issues impact upon the future of our hobby, the National Radio Society of Ireland will consider a response to both these issues before the 22nd of October. All members are welcomed to submit their views via the NRSI website or by email to the secretary no later than Tuesday this week.

NRSI HAREC Classes

By NRSI members who undertook the recent HAREC exam a very successful pass rate was obtained. NRSI run classes will begin again soon for all those interested in sitting the next examination. For more information please contact the NRSI secretary.

NRSI Introduces HamShack Hotline

Hamshack Hotline (HH) is a FREE dedicated VOIP service for the Amateur Radio community. Typically, phones are established in personal shacks, clubs and other amateur radio related sites. It is not the intention of HH to replace traffic carried over radio, but rather to augment it, by providing a full duplex path for communications when spectrum is unavailable due to diminished conditions or other reasons. HH also supports FAXing of information (with appropriate equipment) which allows operators to share documents & data between locations. HH is an effective resource for off-air troubleshooting when you need to coordinate a troubleshoot of a radio circuit off-air and assist on multiple sites. In addition to all this, conference bridges on the HH network allow large groups of Hams to coordinate & meet in real time anywhere in the world. Ireland has five such bridges: one for national and four provincial usage. NRSI can assist in every aspect of the registration and hardware !
configuration process. Recently NRSI imported from Europe a large selection of equipment for HH usage which can be made available to anyone interested in getting onto the network. All of this equipment is being supplied fully programmed and ready to use.

Conclusion

All items for inclusion in the NRSI weekly news bulletin should be received no later than Thursday 4pm. Items may be emailed to news@nrsi.ie or sent by whatsapp to (089) 405 0602.

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A special call sign for Remembrance Day

Monday 18th October 2021

SARL News report that Armistice Day is held on 11 November each year and a Remembrance Day parade or ceremony is usually held on the Sunday closest to 11 November. This year it will be held on the 14th of November 2021.

As radio amateurs we would like to support the members of the Memorable Order of Tin Hats (MOTHS).
During all wars communication has played an extremely important role. Although radio amateur’s equipment was either confiscated or sealed, they still used their skills and knowledge to assist their countries in the war effort.

A special call sign, ZS18MOTH, has been obtained to commemorate the signing of the Armistice 103 years ago. At approximately 05:00 on Monday 11 November 1918, the Armistice was signed in a railway carriage of Marshall Foch's special train located in the forest at Rethondes in France on the western front. At 11 o'clock on this Monday 11 November 1918, the roar of guns ceased as peace and silence finally descended on the western front, ending the First World War.

The call sign represents ZS = South Africa; 18 = 1918 the year the guns of World War 1 fell silent and MOTH = the Memorial Order of the Tin Hats.

The call sign will be active from 06:00 UTC on Thursday 11 November until 16:00 UTC on Sunday 14 November on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres. On Sunday 14 November between 08:00 and 12:00 UTC, ZS18MOTH will be active from the Cenotaph in Mossel Bay in support of the MOTHs from the Blaize-away Shell Hole.

QSOs will be confirmed via a specially designed and printed Remembrance Day QSL card

SARL

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North Dublin Radio Club resume weekly meetings

Monday 18th October 2021

The North Dublin Radio Club is pleased to announce that, following relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, it has resumed its weekly meetings every Saturday night from 8pm.

The venue is the Artane Beamont Family Recreation Centre on Kilmore Road at the roundabout beside Artaine Castle Shopping Centre. Directions and further details are available at ei0ndr.com.

We look forward to welcoming new members, especially those who have recently passed the HAREC examination and of course anybody interested in studying the HAREC course, as we plan to run classes as well.

So don't be shy, come along some Saturday night and join us at this friendly and informal gathering.
You will be made most welcome.

IRTS

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 18th October 2021

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Monday, 11th October, through Monday, 18th October there were 211 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D6, DL, DU, 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, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J5, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, 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, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

OPDX

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Kingdom of Eswatini

Monday 18th October 2021

The following stations are still active from the Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland):
3DA0RU -- Russian DXpedtion Team (RUDXT) continue to be active near Mbabane until October 22nd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, FT8 and QO-100 satellite, with multiple stations.

Suggested FT8 frequencies: 1836, 3567, 5357, 7056, 10131, 14095, 18095, 21095, 24911 and 28095 kHz.

As of October 17th, 0835z, 3DA0RU has made a total of 75684 QSOs with 21038 Unique callsigns.
Breakdown by mode: 34987/CW, 8248/SSB and 32449/FT8. Breakdown by Continent (%): 0.7/AF, 14.1/AS, 65.3/EU, 18/NA, 0.8/OC and 1.2/SA.

QSL via R7AL (direct or by the Bureau), ClubLog's OQRS (preferable) or LoTW.

For more details and updates, see their new Web page at: https://3da0.ru/en

OPDX

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Limerick Clare Amateur Radio Club Rally

Monday 18th October 2021

After hosting JOTA for 1st Clare Shannon Scouts, Sixmilebridge Scouts and Ruan Scouts on Saturday the 16th October, LCARC are announcing their next event.

The Limerick Clare Amateur Radio Club will hold a Rally in the Radisson Blu Hotel on Sunday, 7th of November 2021. Doors will open at 11:00 and the entrance fee will be €5 per person.

As with previous rallys there will be a bring and buy opportunity. Tables for the bring and buy, exhibitors and related demonstrations are free. Tables should be booked through Michael Kingston EI2IX via email to rapidov66 /at/ gmail.com. LCARC now publishes a list of equipment, for sale at the Rally, on the club’s website www.limerickclareamateurradioclub.ie . Follow the 'Market Place' drop down menu.

IRTS

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QSO Today - Dr. Brian Callahan, AD2BA

Sunday 17th October 2021

Dr. Brian Callahan, AD2BA, has a background in music, anthropology, Japanese video arcade games and open source software leading him to amateur radio and his Extra Class license.

As a new and younger ham, as well as a college professor to younger potential hams, AD2BA shares his experience and insight on how we might involve young people in our hobby. Brian is my QSO Today.

Listen to the podcast

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NRSI Radio News for Sunday - 10th October 2021

Sunday 17th October 2021

Welcome Address

Today, the National Radio Society of Ireland is pleased to transmit it’s first Radio News bulletin on 80 metres. Our News Service will be transmitted every Sunday on 3633 KHz at 11:30 am Local time from today onwards. We are delighted to announce that our membership is continuing to grow since our formation last year and we also have several new clubs/groups affiliated to our Society.

The NRSI is a Member Society of EURAO, the European Radio Amateur’s Organisation, established in 2005, which is an association of independent amateur radio organisations in Europe. In 2019 the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) admitted EURAO as a member of its Radiocommunication Sector after a long process of five years since the first membership application was presented. With this goal achieved, Amateur Radio is no longer represented by a single organization. This is a great responsibility for EURAO and at the same time a very exciting challenge. EURAO focuses on the individuals engaged in the amateur radio hobby, rather than the hobby itself, and so it includes members from outside Europe.

Being a new Society, the NRSI is focused towards promoting the hobby as a STEM hobby for the 21st century, to attract youth as our primary objective. We emphasise openness and transparency, and inclusivity to our members and affiliated clubs. We intend to increase public visibility of the hobby and demonstrate the core values of amateur Radio through field days and public events that showcase the many aspects of our hobby.

We have established a Voluntary Emergency Communications Service providing communications by licenced radio operators for our communities.
NRSI runs a QSL bureau and is pleased to note that the number of QSL cards, both incoming and outgoing, are increasing.

All enquiries about the National Radio Society of Ireland and EURAO are very welcome and may be directed to our Secretary via NRSI, PO Box 13382, Roscommon, Ireland, F42 NY56.

New Licensees

The National Radio Society of Ireland, NRSI, congratulates all the candidates who recently passed their Amateur Station License examination. Some of whom were already NRSI members. The results were issued on Monday the 4th of October, and many had their licenses issued on the same day. The next Amateur Station Examination will be held on Saturday the 27th of November so do place your application in as early as possible, as places may be limited.

Calling All Newly Licensed Radio Amateurs

Now that you've passed the HAREC exam, are you wondering how to learn more about practically operating radio with other licensed Radio Amateurs, getting involved in regular field days, operating portable and building antennae? We'd like to welcome new Radio Amateurs into the National Radio Society of Ireland. Contact the National Radio Society of Ireland via our website www.nrsi.ie where everyone is welcome to join and participate in our activities. We have a number of affiliated clubs around the country and possibly one near you.

JOTA-JOTI

Scout’s Jamboree on the air takes place over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of October when hundreds of Scout Troops will be setting up stations around the world. There will be a number of Stations in Ireland, these are 14th Galway Scout Group, the Longwood Meath Scouts, the 2nd Laois and Rathdowney, the 5th Mayo, and the Copper Coast Scout Group to mention but a few. More information, including a full list of participating stations may be found at www.jotajoti.info

Limerick Radio Club Rally

The Limerick Clare amateur Radio club are planning to hold a Rally on the 7th of November 2021 in the Radisson Hotel & Spa, Ennis Road, Limerick, V94 YA2R. The venue can be contacted via email to info.limerick@radissonblu.com Their telephone number is 061456200. More details will become available later this month. The Rally is an excellent opportunity to purchase both new and second-hand equipment and this is the ideal event to meet up with some of the operators often heard on the air.

North Dublin Radio Club

North Dublin Radio Club meetings resumed on the 25th of September and continue to meet every Saturday at 8 pm in the Artane Beaumont Family Recreation centre, Kilimore Road, Dublin 5. Members and visitors will be asked, by the management of the ABFRC to produce their EU Covid vaccine Certificate and photo ID to match. The club runs a Saturday night net on 145R575 MHz although this net may be quieter as members now meet in the Artane shack. Non-members are welcome to call in, if only to say hello and receive a signal report.

NRSI Response to ComReg Document - Proposed Strategy for Managing the Radio Spectrum 2022-2024

ComReg, the Commission for Communication Regulation, has published a document, ComReg 21/90, seeking consultations on a wide range of licensing issues some of which would be of concern to the Amateur Radio Community. In keeping with many countries in Region 1, there will be additional regulations concerning measurement of non-ionising radiation which require that the use of radio equipment will not exceed the basic restrictions in the relevant tables for general public exposure. This issue is well documented on the Ofcom pages under the heading of Electromagnetic fields. The subject of the entry level licence is also mentioned in the document. As these two issues impact upon the future of our hobby, the National Radio Society of Ireland will consider a response to both these issues before the 22nd of October.

Tom Linden Memorial Club

NRSI would like to take this opportunity to welcome to the hobby all members of the newly formed Tom Linden Memorial Club, which is based in Cork. The club continues to seek membership applications from any licenced operators or listeners located in Cork and surrounding counties. Additional information about the Tom Linden Memorial Club can be found on the NRSI website.

Conclusion

All items for inclusion in the NRSI weekly news bulletin should be received no later than Thursday 4pm.

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SARL 40 m Grid Square Sprint

Sunday 17th October 2021

The fifth SARL 40 m Grid Square Sprint is on the air from 12:00 to 13:00 UTC (14:00 to 15:00 CAT) on Saturday 23 October. It is a CW and phone sprint, the exchange is a realistic RS or RST report, your Club name or abbreviation and your 4 character grid square.

The Club call sign may be used, but the operator may not also operate under his/her own call sign. Submit your MS Excel log sheet by 23:59 CAT on Thursday 28 October to 7p8dg@netactive.co.za.

Get the rules on page 65 of the 2021 Blue Book.

www.sarl.org.za

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BACAR to fly on 30 October

Sunday 17th October 2021

The Secunda Amateur Radio Club will be launching a Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio (known as the BACAR project) on Saturday 30 October.

Several interesting payloads are being prepared, including the new AMSAT-SA AfriCUBE linear transponder, Slow Scan TV, a crossband FM repeater and an ion thruster scientific experiment. Amateurs from various Clubs are involved in this project.

More information with regards to the frequencies used will be made available soon.

The Club can be contacted via e-mail secradio@jenny.co.za for more information

SARL

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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 16th October 2021

The inherent redundancy of a compromise antenna

For an activity that's seeped in the art of communication, amateur radio is a diverse collection of people, joined by a common interest and kept together using imperfect language describing an intrinsically complex science in the hope that we can learn from each other to get on air and make noise.

In this cooperative endeavour, language is important.

Let me start with a limerick by Arthur Frackenpohl:

There was a young fellow of Perth Who was born on the day of his birth He married, they say On his wife's wedding day And died when he quitted the earth

Stay with me.

In this day and age, first and foremost, let me give you a short summary, cobbled together from bits and pieces of a new invention, conceived whilst watching the evening sunset in close proximity to the beach.

What this cornucopia of tautologies has to do with our hobby might not be obvious, but let me illustrate.

Consider the phrase: "a compromise antenna", as-in, "Oh, I'd never use that antenna, it's a compromise antenna."

If you've been in this community for any time at all, you'll have heard that phrase and unless someone pointed it out, you might not have realised that it's essentially unhelpful.

Why?

Because as I've said many times before, all antennas are a compromise, by definition. This is true at several levels.

At a fundamental level, an isotropic antenna is a theoretical antenna that radiates equally in all directions - horizontally and vertically with the same intensity. It's infinitely small and operates on all frequencies with infinite bandwidth. It should be obvious, but this antenna cannot physically exist, so every built antenna represents a collection of trade-offs or compromises and no antenna can radiate more total power than an isotropic antenna.

Beyond that, within the physical constraints of antenna building there are many more compromises. Now this might not be immediately obvious, so let me elaborate.

Consider a 28 MHz, seven element Yagi antenna. With a 12m boom, a 5.3m reflector element, a turning circle of 7.5m and weighing in at 53 kilo. At 20m above the ground it has a gain of 17.5 dBi and handles 1.5 kW. It's physically capable of withstanding 180 km/h winds. It's a lovely piece of kit and if you have the space, it's absolutely something you might want to receive for your birthday and bolt to a mast somewhere near your radio.

If all antennas are a compromise, you might ask yourself, how is this beautiful 10m Yagi a compromise?

For starters, its total radiated power is less than an isotropic antenna. It works between 28 and 29 MHz, but nowhere else. It radiates signals really well in one direction, but not in any other. It requires lots of open space and as a fixed installation, it must be on a heavy duty rotator clamped to a tall mast. To actually acquire and install requires more funds than I've spent on all my radios to date.

Some of what I've mentioned might be acceptable to you, some not. For example, if you're always portable, this antenna makes no sense. You make choices to select an antenna that's best suited to the job and in doing so, you are introducing compromises.

Additionally, there are amateurs who would have you believe that a compromise antenna is one with high loss.

High loss in comparison to what?

If you live in an apartment block, there's no way that you can fit that 10m Yagi inside your bedroom, so you compromise and use a magnetic loop antenna instead. If you're on the top of a mountain, there's no opportunity to erect a structure, so you use a self-supporting vertical. If you're in a car, you cannot erect a horizontal dipole and drive down the highway, so you bolt a whip to your jalopy.

All of the choices you make to fit a purpose, an environment, a budget and available material will combine into an antenna that hopefully gets you on air making noise.

When someone tells you that an antenna is a compromise antenna, what they're really saying is that you made compromises that they're unwilling to make. That's easy to say if you have infinite space, money, experience and opportunity. In other words, they're just blowing hot air.

The whole point of antenna building is to find a particular set of compromises that suits your situation at the time that you're doing it. The intent of this hobby is to learn what the impact of a particular choice is and how it affects the operation of an antenna in a specific situation.

Next time you hear the redundant phrase "that's a compromise antenna", ask what compromises they are describing that they don't accept and decide for yourself if they are compatible with what you're attempting to achieve within the resources available to you.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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ARRL: Sept 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program report

Saturday 16th October 2021

The Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program is a joint initiative between the ARRL and FCC to enhance compliance in the Amateur Radio Service. This is the VM Program report for September 2021.

Technician operators in Mansfield, Ohio; Avon Park, Florida, and Pulaski, Tennessee, received Advisory Notices after making numerous FT8 contacts on 20 meters. Technician licensees do not have operating privileges on 20 meters.

A Volunteer Monitor in Mission Viejo, California, received a Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard Certificate of Appreciation for his efforts in locating a defective transmitter on Marine Radio Channel 16 that was blocking emergency communications on that channel.

A former licensee in Durham, North Carolina, received an Advisory Notice for operating under a call sign and license cancelled by the FCC.

An operator in White Pine, Tennessee, received an Advisory Notice regarding operation on 7.137 MHz, a frequency not authorized under his General class licensee.

Operators in Swannanoa, North Carolina, and New Albany, Indiana, received Good Operator Notices for exemplary operation during 2021 and for regularly assisting other operators with transmitter adjustments and amateur radio procedures.

The VM Program made one recommendation to the FCC for case closure.

VM Program statistics for August showed 2,008 hours on HF frequencies and 2,642 hours on VHF frequencies and above, for a total of 4,650 hours.
— Thanks to Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, Administrator, Volunteer Monitor Program

Source ARRL https://arrl.org/

Volunteer Monitor Program
https://www.arrl.org/volunteer-monitor-program

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What's a long length of LAN cable ? A transmitter, of course

Saturday 16th October 2021

LAN cables can be sniffed to reveal network traffic with a $30 setup, says researcher
What's a long length of electrical wire? A transmitter, of course


An Israeli researcher has demonstrated that LAN cables' radio frequency emissions can be read by using a $30 off-the-shelf setup, potentially opening the door to fully developed cable-sniffing attacks.

Mordechai Guri of Israel's Ben Gurion University of the Negev described the disarmingly simple technique to The Register, which consists of putting an ordinary radio antenna up to four metres from a category 6A Ethernet cable and using an off-the-shelf software defined radio (SDR) to listen around 250MHz.

"From an engineering perspective, these cables can be used as antennas and used for RF transmission to attack the air-gap," said Guri.

His experimental technique consisted of slowing UDP packet transmissions over the target cable to a very low speed and then transmitting single letters of the alphabet. The cable's radiations could then be picked up by the SDR (in Guri's case, both an R820T2-based tuner and a HackRF unit) and, via a simple algorithm, be turned back into human-readable characters.

Nicknamed LANtenna, Guri's technique is an academic proof of concept and not a fully fledged attack that could be deployed today. Nonetheless, the research shows that poorly shielded cables have the potential to leak information which sysadmins may have believed were secure or otherwise air-gapped from the outside world.

He added that his setup's $1 antenna was a big limiting factor and that specialised antennas could well reach "tens of metres" of range.

"We could transmit both text and binary, and also achieve faster bit-rates," acknowledged Guri when El Reg asked about the obvious limitations described in his paper [PDF]. "However, due to environmental noises (e.g. from other cables) higher bit-rate are rather theoretical and not practical in all scenarios."

One obvious further research technique would be to look at sniffing information over network cables at their full operational speeds, Guri having acknowledged that slowing live network traffic down to levels used in his experiment would be impractical. His full paper, however, noted: "Transmitting UDP packets doesn't require higher privileges or interfering with the OS routing table. In addition, it is possible to evade detection at the network level by sending the raw UDP traffic within other legitimate UDP traffic."

The academic's previous research included a technique for turning DRAM into a form of wireless transmitter, as part of his work looking at ways of pwning air-gapped networks.

How to leak data via Wi-Fi when there's no Wi-Fi chip: Boffin turns memory bus into covert data transmitter
Spoof an Ethernet adapter on USB, and you can sniff credentials from locked laptops
GCHQ and Cable and Wireless teamed as Masters of the Internet™
NSA coughs up secret TEMPEST specs
Professor Alan Woodward of the University of Surrey observed: "What this shows is that even an unplugged Ethernet cable can radiate energy which is detectable."

He added: "The paper is a nice piece of work and reminds us that whilst you might think something is air-gapped, it might be chattering away over the airwaves. People used to laugh at the great clunky terminals used in secure environments but they arose for a reason: TEMPEST."

TEMPEST, as we reported 20 years ago, was originally a US government scheme for reducing the amount of RF emissions generated by computer equipment. Today it's been adopted as a NATO standard, with the UK's National Cyber Security Centre having a public webpage about it.

"Often," observed Woodward, "modern security systems look for data leaving the network to know that they have an intruder. But if it's leaving on some unmonitored channel (over the air) then it has a low probability of intercept by the security measures."

https://www.theregister.com/2021/10/14/lantenna_ethernet_cable_rf_emissions/

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A volcanic comet blows its top

Saturday 16th October 2021

Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann is no ordinary comet. It has volcanoes, and at least four of them just erupted.

A cloud of 'cryomagma' is expanding into space, wider than Jupiter and an easy target for backyard telescopes.

Full story @ Spaceweather.com

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Activity Days of Radio Amateurs celebrating 180 years of Potemkin Stairs

Saturday 16th October 2021

Radioclub 'Odessa' – Ukraine 2021.



Award rules:

Date of activity days: 18 … 24 October 2021year;

To obtain a diploma, you must:
- 10 QSO with Odessa Radio Amateurs on HF;

- QSO with the same station is qualified for the award on different bands or modes during from 18 to 24 October 2021y.

- Odessa Radio Amateurs can get award for 50 QSO on HF in Activity Days (18 … 24 October 2021).

To get the award the applicant should send an extract from the log confirming QSO to ut7fa@ukr.net (an award Manager, Pavlo Chekerys, UT7FA) in any text file format and advise his/her e-mail address for sending the award.

The call signs of Odessa Radio Amateur stations have 'F' in the first letter of the suffix plus the stations standard Call signs of Odessa stations: UX5HY, UY5HC, UT5RP, UT5RO, UT5RW.

http://radioclubodessa.com/news/diplom_k_180_letiju
_potemkinskoj_lestnicy/2022-12
-15-4019

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BATC online convention

Friday 15th October 2021

This Saturday BATC CAT21 Pt2 takes place. Members have been emailed details of how to log in to the webinar.
The whole day will also be streamed live on the BATC streamer at https://batc.org.uk/live/cat21 - this does not require registration and all the sessions will be available on the BATC Youtube channel after the event. https://www.youtube.com/c/BATCOnline

The convention program is as follows: (all UK times)
9:30 - Welcome - G8GKQ
9:45 - Portsdown update - G8GKQ
10:45 - Coffee
11:00 - Ryde update - Tim MW0RUD
12:00 - QO100 desktop development - Micheal EA7KIR.
12:45 - Lunch - Interactive Q+A session
13:30 - EMF for microwaves and QO100 - Ian GM3SEK - organised jointly with the UK MIcrowave group offering theory and practical advice
15:00 - Coffee
15:15 - DATV Rx system gain distribution - G8GTZ
16:00 - Close

The EMF talk is particularly relevant as UK stations must have Electromagnetic Field (EMF) assessments in place for operation above 110MHz from 18th November 2021.

The RSGB has been developing a tool that incorporates the Ofcom EMF Calculator but extends the models to include single and multiple Yagis plus various sizes of dish antennas, and takes account of the directivity of the antenna.
Ian GM3SEK, a key member of the team that developed the spreadsheet tool, will be talking about its application to Microwaves and QO100 narrow and band and DATV operation

For more details and the latest updates about CAT21 please see the members forum: https://forum.batc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=135&t=7609

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SolderSmoke podcast 233 available

Friday 15th October 2021

Bill Meara M0HBR / N2CQR has released a new edition of the amateur radio SolderSmoke podcast

This edition includes:

• Travelogue: Cape Cod. SST. Marconi Site
• The World Friendship Society of Radio Amateurs
• Pete's Bench
• Bill's Bench
• Mailbag

Listen to the podcast
http://soldersmoke.com/soldersmoke233.mp3

SolderSmoke blog
https://soldersmoke.blogspot.com/

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Sweden: Further clarification on high-power permits

Friday 15th October 2021

The Swedish communications regulator PTS has issued a clarification about the expiry date of permits for high-power operation above 200 watts

A translation of the SSA post reads:

PTS has sent a clarification on previously sent information.

Amateur radio users who are licensed for transmission with a higher power than is permitted by pts regulations exempting the use of certain radio transmitters and expiring on 2021-12-31 need not apply for a new permit. The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority extends these permits for five years at a time.

The extended permits will be issued before the end of the year. Annual invoices are sent out at the beginning of each year. In 2021, the annual fee was SEK 311. If you want to use e-invoice, you have to report this yourself.

Changes or termination of permits must be made in writing to pts@pts.se. Then enter personal data and permit number and what the case is about.

PTS Amateur Radio page
https://www.pts.se/sv/privat/radio/amatorradio/

Source SSA https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Sweden

The PTS made the Amateur Services license-exempt on October 1, 2004, callsigns are issued by national amateur radio society SSA
https://www.pts.se/en/english-b/radio/radio-amateurs/

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Yasme Foundation Grant

Friday 15th October 2021

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation announces that it has made the following grant at its recent board meeting.

Seychelles Amateur Radio Association (SARA) to establish a facility for the recently formed amateur radio club.

YASME FOUNDATION EXCELLENCE AWARD
The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals and groups who, through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have made a significant contribution to amateur radio. The contribution may be in recognition of technical, operating or organizational achievement, as all three are necessary for amateur radio to grow and prosper. The Yasme Excellence Award is in the form of a cash grant and an individually-engraved crystal globe.

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce the latest recipients of the Yasme Excellence Award:

Steve Babcock, VE6WZ -- Steve is recognized for his contribution to the art of lowband antennas and remote operating. Steve has made available to the amateur community countless hours of instructional videos, for free, on his YouTube channel and QRZ.COM page.


The Yasme Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized to support scientific and educational projects related to amateur radio, including DXing (long distance communication) and the introduction and promotion of
amateur radio in developing countries. For additional information about The Yasme Foundation, visit our website at (www.yasme.org).

Ward Silver, N0AX, President, The Yasme Foundation

Board of Directors:
Ward Silver, N0AX, President and Director
Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, Vice-President, Secretary and Director
Rusty Epps, W6OAT, Treasurer and Director
Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Director
Martti Laine, OH2BH, Director
Fred Laun, K3ZO, Director
Robert Vallio, W6RGG, Director
Marty Woll, N6VI, Director
James Brooks, 9V1YC, Director

OPDX

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French special event

Friday 15th October 2021

François, F8DVD, will activate the special event station TM60ANT between November 16-30th. Activity is to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Antarctic Treaty Signature (ATS).

Operation will be made by from François QTH in Mâcon (JN26JH), France. Activity will be on various HF bands between 40-10 meters.

The new reference for the WAP program is WAP-318.

QSL via F8DVD, direct (SAE + 2 USDs) or by the Bureau.

France was one of the 12 countries who signed the ATS in Washington on December 1, 1959. The treaty officially entered into force on June 23, 1961.

All info on this event is on:
http://www.qrz.com/db/TM60ANT

OPDX

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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 15th October 2021

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

GUINEA BISSAU, J5. Members of the Italian DX Team are now active as J5T on CW, SSB and RTTY and J5HKT on FT8 until October 22. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. They will have 6 operators and 4 stations active. QSL via I2YSB direct, OQRS or LoTW.

LESOTHO, 7P. John, ZS6JON is planning a QO-100 activity using the call 7P8Z from Maseru (grid locator KG30tp) on October 16 and 17. QSL this operation only via PA3CMC and eventually LoTW.

ANGOLA, D2. Vasco, CS7ACE is now active as D2ACE from Luanda for the first time since 2016. He has been found on 18145 kHz from 1500 to 1600Z. QSL direct or via bureau to CT2IXQ.

INDONESIA, 7A. A team of operators will be active as 7A2A from a contest station in Central Java during the CQWW DX SSB Contest. QSL to LoTW, direct, or via YB2DX.

KUWAIT, 9K. Abdallah, 9K2GS will be active as 9K2K during the CQWW DX SSB Contest as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m) entry. QSL via EC6DX or LoTW.

MAURITANIA, 5T. Operators Johannes, PA5X and Gerben, PG5M will be active as 5T5PA/P and 5T1GM, respectively, until October 19. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, and FT8. QSL 5T5PA/P via LoTW, Clublog or via PA5X (direct or by the Bureau).

JAPAN, JA. Kenji, JA4GXS will be active as JA4GXS/4 from Mi Island from October 16 to 18. Activity will be on 40, 20, 17 and 6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL to his home call sign, direct or via the Bureau.

UNITED STATES, W. Rich, WA5LFD, is now active as WA5LFD/p from North Padre Island, NA-092, until November 30. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters, and possibly on 6 and 2 meters, using CW, SSB, and RTTY.
QSL via LoTW or WA5LFD direct. Also, Mike, W7LG/4 will be QRV from Hatteras Island, NA-067 from October 24 to 29, using CW and SSB on 80, 40 and 20 meters. QSL to eQSL or LoTW or send direct to W7LG.

KINGDOM OF ESWATINI, 3DA0. The Russian DXpedition Team (RUDXT) will be QRV as 3DA0RU until October 22. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, FT8 and QO-100 satellite, with multiple stations. QSL via R7AL (direct or by the Bureau), ClubLog's OQRS (preferable) or LoTW. The Latvian RSF team will be active as 3DA0WW until October 26. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 (F/H). QSL via YL2GN (direct) or ClubLog's OQRS (direct and by the Bureau). The log will be uploaded to LoTW six months after the end of the operation. Lionel, ZS6DPL will be QRV as 3DA0LP from Manzini from November 1 to 5.

AUSTRIA, 4U2. Members of the International Amateur Radio Contest DX Club (ARCDXC - United Nations, 4U1A) will be active as 4U2U until October 31. Activity is to celebrate United Nations Day. QSL via UA3DX, direct or by the Bureau.

HAWAII, KH7. Alex, KU1CW, will be active as KH7Q from Oahu Island (OC-019) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Look for activity before and after the contest where Alex will be signing KH6/KU1CW. QSL KH7Q via LoTW or direct to AH6NF.

TAIWAN, BV. Jun, JH4RHF/OE1JUN is currently in Taiwan for his work until November 8. In his spare time he will try to be on the bands, probably on 40 to 10 meters using CW. QSL via OE1JUN.

SABA, PJ6. Bart, PD1BAT is planning to be QRV as PJ6/PD1BAT from October 30 to November 5. He'll have an FT-818 and endfed for 40, 20 and 10 meters and plans to be active on FT8 on 40 and 20 meters. QSL via the bureau to PD1BAT.

CYPRUS, 5B. Paul, SA6PIS will operate holiday style as 5B/SA6PIS from the October 19 to 31. He will also visit WWFF references. QSL via SA6PIS (d/B).

CRETE, SV9. Erwin, DK5EW is QRV until October 28 as SV9/DK5EW on 2 meter EME and MS. QSL via DK5EW (d), LoTW.

SERBIA, YU. Members of the Amateur Radio Club Novi Sad celebrate their city's status as European Capital of Culture 2022 with the call sign YU2022NS until December 30. QSL via YU7BPQ.

RWANDA, 9X. Members of the Holy Land DX Group (HDXG) will sign 9X4X between November 24 and December 1. They will run 3 stations on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 and maybe some satellite operation as well. They will also participate in the CQWW DX CW Contest. QSL via Ruben, 4Z5FI (direct or by the Bureau) or
ClubLog's OQRS.

THE GAMBIA, C5. Alan, G3XAQ will be active as C56XA from November 24 to December 2. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using only CW. His main activity will be during the CQWW DX CW Contest as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via G3SWH's OQRS, direct or LoTW. No bureau cards. The log will be uploaded to LoTW and ClubLog once Alan returns home.

COMOROS, D6. Members of the F6KOP Radio Club are planning to activate the Comoro Islands (AF-007) with a multi-national 12 operator team sometime between mid-to-end January in 2022. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY, and FT8/FT4, with 5 stations as well as QO-100 satellite operations. Their call sign is pending.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO

The JARTS WW RTTY Contest, 10-10 International Fall Contest, CW, New York QSO Party, Worked All Germany Contest, Feld Hell Sprint, Argentina National 7 MHz Contest, Asia-Pacific Fall Sprint, CW, UBA ON Contest, 2 Meters, Illinois QSO Party, RSGB RoLo CW, Run for the Bacon QRP Contest are on tap for this weekend. The ARRL School Club Roundup and RSGB FT4 Contest Series are on October 18.

Please see October QST, page 75, and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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RSGB 2021 Online Convention

Thursday 14th October 2021

The RSGB is delighted that its 2021 Online Convention was watched by thousands of people across the world, many of whom have since thanked the Society for the excellent content and professional production. Hundreds more have watched the streams since Saturday and are enjoying the 15 presentations.

If you weren’t able to watch the event live, the two streams are available on the Society’s YouTube channel and you can also see the extra content and interviews that were broadcast from the RSGB National Radio Centre between presentations: www.youtube.com/theRSGB

The individual presentations will be released in due course so look out for announcements shortly.

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Video of Mary Hare School students contacting Space Station

Thursday 14th October 2021

The ARISS Operations UK Team have released a 57 minute video of the ARISS event at Mary Hare School for the deaf in Newbury, on Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Radio amateurs in the UK and across Europe were able to receive the signal from the ISS on 145.800 MHz FM.

The Amateur Radio contact between students at the school, call sign GB4MHN, and astronaut Mark Vande Hei KG5GNP using the call sign NA1SS from onboard the International Space Station, takes place at about 46 mins into the video.

Watch ARISS School Contact between Mary Hare School for the deaf and Mark Vande Hei NA1SS


The contact featured in the BBC TV programme South Today on Tuesday evening. UK viewers can watch the programme online, fast forward to 20:40 in this recording
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0010lxt

Mary Hare School contact
https://amsat-uk.org/2021/10/08/ariss-contact-scheduled-for-students-in-newbury-uk/

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AM-ARS announce their second monthly Amplitude Modulation Net

Thursday 14th October 2021

The next Amplitude Modulation Amateur Radio Society Club Net will be held on Sunday the 17th October at the new time of 18:00 local (17:00 UTC) on 3.625 Mhz.

The control station will again be Robert GW6GBY using the club callsign GC5AMS and Andy G4FCI will also be assisting by listening for any weaker stations depending on conditions.

So why not turn that mode switch to AM and join us using the original voice mode!

If you are interested in joining AM - ARS, then take a look at our qrz.com page for G5AMS for further information.

73

Simon MW0NWM
Treasurer AM ARS

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Cyprus Scouts on-the-air for JOTA this weekend

Thursday 14th October 2021

The Cyprus Amateur Radio Society will be supporting the Cyprus Scouts Association in order to participate in the international Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) scouting event this weekend Oct 16-17

CARS say:
JOTA-JOTI is the largest Scouting event in the world with over 1 million Scouts participating across 150+ countries during the third weekend of October.

During the event, all the CARS Repeaters shall be made available for use by the various Scouts groups around Cyprus. Amateur Radio frequencies must be used in the presence and supervision of a licensed radio amateur, and all laws and regulations that govern amateur radio frequency use must be adhered to. Moreover, Cyprus based radio amateurs are kindly requested to accommodate any JOTA traffic during the JOTA weekend with patience.

In addition to the above the CARS DMR Repeater at Troodos shall be setup with the Cyprus national JOTA talk-group 28091 as static on Time-slot 2, while the international JOTA talk-group 907 can be used as dynamic on Time-slot 1. Any other statically connected talk-groups shall temporarily be disconnected.

CARS calls its members and any other radio amateurs based in Cyprus to help with this wonderful youth event. Any radio amateur wishing to help, and is not already involved with the event, is invited to contact the CARS President for more information.

Moreover, any Scout groups in Cyprus wishing to setup a radio amateur station at their premises, or wishing to visit a radio amateur station during the event, are invited to contact CARS and efforts shall be made to accommodate their request, as far as possible given our limited resources.

For more information regarding the JOTA event and ideas on JOTA activities, one may refer to the official World Organization of the Scout Movement website for JOTA-JOTI
https://www.jotajoti.info/

Source CARS
https://www.cyhams.org/

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Caribbean Tour

Thursday 14th October 2021

John, W5JON/V47JA, informed OPDX that his St. Kitts operation is back-on because 'St. Kitts has reduced the Covid Quarantine down to one day (YEA!).' So in addition to his PJ7JA and PJ5/W5JON trips this month, his V47JA trip is back on. This will be his first time back to St. Kitts since March 2020.
So here is John's schedule for October/November:

PJ7JA, SINT MAARTEN -- John, W5JON/V47JA, will be going to Sint Maarten between October 18-23rd, and be active as PJ7JA. His radio equipment is a Yaesu FT-891, Elecraft KPA-500 Amplifier and dipoles.
Activity will be on 40-6 meters using SSB and FT8.

PJ5/W5JON, ST. EUSTATIUS -- John, W5JON/V47JA, will be going to St. Eustatius between October 23rd and November 1st, and be active as PJ5/W5JON. His radio equipment is a Yaesu FT-891, Elecraft KPA-500 Amplifier and dipoles. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using SSB and FT8.

V47JA, ST. KITTS -- John, W5JON, 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 November 10-24th.
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 ele ment Yagi.

ALL QSLs (PJ5/W5JON, PJ7JA and V47JA) go to W5JON direct or via LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.

OPDX

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AMSAT-UK Online Colloquium Sunday Oct 24

Wednesday 13th October 2021

The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium will be held as an online Zoom Webinar on Sunday, October 24. You don’t have to be a member of AMSAT-UK to attend, and the event is free.

The Colloquium will run from 10.45 BST to approximately 16.00 BST (0945-1500 GMT). A full programme of the event is available at
https://amsat-u
k.org/colloquium

This year’s colloquium will be in the form of a Zoom Webinar. It’s easy to use, simply register at the address below, and follow the instructions which will arrive by email.

Please register before the 24th, or join live at
https://tinyurl.com/AMSATUK2021Colloquium

The 2021 colloquium will also be streamed via YouTube at
https://www.youtube.com/user/AMSATUK

The event will be hosted by members of AMSAT-UK and formally opened by our Chairman, Martin Sweeting, G3YJO.

Each presentation will be followed by a 5 minute Q+A session, which will allow those viewing via Zoom, to pose questions to the speakers.

The 2021 colloquium will be followed by the AMSAT-UK AGM and after a short break there will be an informal evening discussion session on ‘All things satellite.’

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New antenna law in Switzerland

Wednesday 13th October 2021

National amateur radio society USKA reports on the implementation of FMG/LTC/TCA Article 37a into cantonal law which simplifies authorisation procedure for amateur radio antennas

The USKA says:

USKA has succeeded in introducing an article 37a in the Swiss Telecommunications Act (TCA) which simplifies the authorisation procedure for the construction of simple amateur radio antennas.

The “planning and building law” in Switzerland is mainly regulated by the cantons. The municipalities then have their own “building regulations”.

Our federalist state structure means that federal law must be explicitly transferred to cantonal and communal law so that it can develop its full effect there.

The cantonal implementation is now being taken in hand by the sections of the USKA. The sections have been informed about this, including at the Section Presidents’ Conference 2021 in Möriken AG (21 August 2021). In the case of cantons with several sections, these will form working groups in this regard.

The timetable:

By December 2021, the sections will put together their teams and report this to the USKA Board (for the attention of Political Lobbying).

For cantons that do not put together a team, USKA will publicly advertise and award this task among the members residing in the canton in question.

Willi Vollenweider HB9AMC

Source USKA
https://www.uska.ch/en/umsetzung-fmg-37a/

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HAREC examination results

Wednesday 13th October 2021

IRTS say the final results for the HAREC examination held on 11th November were released by ComReg on Monday 4th October.

65 candidates sat for the exam, a record number for one day. A total of 43 candidates passed the examination and have been issued their new licences. This is a success rate of 66%, broadly in line with previous examinations. We congratulate them all and hope to hear them on air over the coming weeks.

It is worth highlighting that most of those who did not succeed this time around failed through a weakness in Part B, the theory section of the examination. The failure rate in this section averaged 33 percent compared with 23 percent in Part A, the regulations section. This also continues a trend seen in previous examinations.

The examination board would like to thank the many candidates who contacted them following receipt of their results to offer their appreciation on the way the examination was conducted, and the regular communications received from the Board.

Places remain available for the next examination to be held in Dublin on Saturday 27th November. Full details on the application process can be found on the IRTS website.

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NSWL Club get together and dinner

Wednesday 13th October 2021

The National Shortwave Listeners Club would like to congratulate the successful candidates in the recent HAREC examination and are delighted to hear so many new callsigns on the air.

Commiserations to those that were unsuccessful, and they hope to see them all attending the upcoming revision classes in preparation for the next HAREC exam on November 27th.

The club have organised a radio filled weekend on November 6th and 7th with a visit to the Shannon Aviation Museum and the Limerick Clare Club station on the Saturday followed by their first annual dinner and overnight stay in a nearby Shannon Hotel. The outing will conclude with a visit to the Limerick Clare Club Rally in the Radisson Blu Hotel on Sunday.

Some places are still available, and the club extends an invitation to non-members who wish to attend. Enquiries to info at swl.ie

IRTS

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United Nations 4U1A DX club on-the-air

Wednesday 13th October 2021

Members of the International Amateur Radio Contest DX Club (ARCDXC - United Nations, 4U1A) will be active as 4U2U between now and October 31st.

Activity is to celebrate United Nations Day (October 24th).

QSL via UA3DX, direct or by the Bureau.

ADDED NOTE: Remember this station counts for Austria (OE) for DXCC purposes and as 4U for the Vienna Inter-
national Centre for the CQ DX Marathon award.

OPDX

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Holy Land DX Group head to Rwanda

Wednesday 13th October 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, Slava/4Z5MU 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 (direct or by the Bureau) or ClubLog's OQRS.

For more details and updates, see: http://9x4x.qrz.co.il/home

Special thanks to Harald, DF2WO, for his outstanding support

OPDX

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Auroras in the USA

Wednesday 13th October 2021

Last night, a coronal mass ejection (CME) struck Earth's magnetic field, sparking a moderately strong geomagnetic storm.

Auroras were sighted in the USA as far south as Nebraska with lights so bright in some places that onlookers successfully photographed them using cell phones.

Full story and photos @ Spaceweather.com

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DXCC Most Wanted

Wednesday 13th October 2021

The 'DXCC Most Wanted' entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of October 6th. The list contains 340 entities.

The following are the top 26 entities:
1. P5 DPRK (North Korea)
2. 3Y/B Bouvet Island
3. FT5/W Crozet Island
4. BS7H Scarborough Reef
5. CE0X San Felix Islands
6. BV9P Pratas Island
7. KH7K Kure Island
8. KH3 Johnston Island
9. 3Y/P Peter 1 Island
10. FT5/X Kerguelen Island
11. FT/G Glorioso Island
12. VK0M Macquarie Island
13. YV0 Aves Island
14. KH4 Midway Island
15. ZS8 Prince Edward & Marion Islands
16. PY0S Saint Peter and Paul Rocks
17. PY0T Trindade & Martim Vaz Islands
18. KP5 Desecheo Island
19. SV/A Mount Athos
20. VP8S South Sandwich Islands
21. KH5 Palmyra & Jarvis Islands
22. ZL9 New Zealand Subantarctic Islands
23. EZ Turkmenistan
24. FK/C Chesterfield Island
25. YK Syria
26. JD/M Minami Torishima

There have been no changes in the "Top 26" since we last reported back on September 6th. The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list (340) is available at: https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php

OPDX

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 13th October 2021

Island activities:
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON

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

AF-050; 5T, Dakhlet Nouadhobou/ Inchiri Region group:
Gerben/PG5M and Johannes/PA5X activate Arguin Island from the 15th to 19th on 40-10m (CW, SSB, FT8) as 5T1GM (QSL via PG5M) and 5T5PA/p (QSL via PA5X, ClubLog, LoTW). http://dx.to/5T1GM/

AS-117; JA3,4,9; Honshu's Coastal Islands West:
Kenji/JA4GXS signs JA4GXS/4 from Mi Island between the 16th and 18th on 40, 20, 17, and 6m (CW, SSB, FT8). QSL via JA4GXS (d/B).

NA-105; FS/PJ7, St Martin (Sint Maarten):
John/W5JON will be active as PJ7JA from Oct. 18 to 23. QRV on 40-6m on SSB and FT8 and also during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest. QSL via W5JON (d), LoTW.

SA-092; PZ, Suriname group:
After several postponements, Markus/DJ4EL now is due to activate Papegaaien Island (WW Loc. GJ15kv) from Oct. 15 to 18 as PZ5G. He will be supported on the island by Rico/PZ5JW and Sascha/PF9Z. QRV on 80-10m (CW, SSB). QSL via LoTW or DJ4EL (d/B).

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

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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Deadline for completion of EMF assessment approaches

Tuesday 12th October 2021

To comply with Ofcom's new EMF regulation UK radio amateurs need to complete an EMF Assessment by November 18 for transmitting equipment operating on frequencies above 110 MHz

To assist with this process the RSGB has made available a new Pre-assessed Configurations document covering VHF/UHF beam antennas, titled "PAEC-2: Rotatable Beam Antennas for 50 MHz to 1.3 GHz".

That document along with a new version of the RSGB's EMF Calculator (v11a) and other helpful information is available on the RSGB EMF page at
https://rsgb.org/emf

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MDXC presentation

Tuesday 12th October 2021

The Madison DX Club (MDXC) will have a ZOOM presentation on Tuesday October 12th. The program will be 'The Lure and Challenges of Sable Island: the CY0C 2022 Dxpedition', presented by Dan Sullivan W4DKS, team member.

The MDXC ZOOM host will be Kevin Shea, N9JKP, that will be online from 5:45 PM Central Daylight Time to socialize before the business meeting begins and to provide time to work through any technical issues. A brief business meeting will begin at 6:00 PM Central Daylight Time.

The program begins at 6:30 PM Central Daylight Time, sharp.
All interested hams are welcome.
To Join the Zoom Meeting and Program simply use this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83181396616?pwd=dUIrdWo
3bE45T0xyUkZOS2xKdDBIZz09

Meeting ID: 831 8139 6616
Password: 124658

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ComReg proposed strategy for managing the radio spectrum 2022-2024

Tuesday 12th October 2021

The Irish Radio Transmitters Society report that ComReg, the Commission for Communication Regulation, has published a document, ComReg 21/90, seeking consultations on a wide range of licensing issues, mainly in the commercial field.

There are, however, several significant issues for the amateur community that need careful consideration and measured responses.. This is a must-read document for anyone interested in the future of our hobby and submissions on its contents close at 1600 on October 22nd.

Among the questions raised are, how amateurs might meet the terms of their licence conditions relating to non-ionising radiation, a request by the Marconi Radio Group for an increase in output power for everyone and a submission seeking the introduction of an entry level or novice licence. The link to the document is https://www.comreg.ie/media/2021/09/Comreg-2190.pdf

IRTS

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Kindom of Eswatini

Tuesday 12th October 2021

All of a sudden, Kindom of Eswatini (Swaziland) has become a popular spot for DXpeditions. Three operations are planned for October and one for November. Here are the upcoming operations:

3DA0RU -- Russian DXpedtion Team (RUDXT) will be active near Mbabane until October 22nd.
Operators are Nick/R5EC, Vasily/R7AL, Vladimir/R9LR, Vasily/RA1ZZ, Mike/RU3UR, Leo/RW9JZ, Slav/OK8AU and Wlodek/SP6EQZ. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, FT8 and QO-100 satellite, with multiple stations.
Suggested FT8 frequencies: 1836, 3567, 5357, 7056, 10131, 14095, 18095, 21095, 24911 and 28095 kHz. QSL via R7AL (direct or by the Bureau), ClubLog's OQRS (preferable) or LoTW. For more details and updates, see their new Web page at: https://3da0.ru/en

3DA0WW -- Latvian RSF team will be active as 3DA0WW from eSwatini between October 12-26th.
Operators are Yuris/YL2GM, Jack/YL2KA, Wald/US7IGN, Sasha/UT7UV, Pavlo/UU0JR and Vlad/UW7RV.
Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 (F/H).
For suggested frequencies, see: https://lral.lv/3da0ww/freq.html
QSL via YL2GN (direct) or ClubLog's OQRS (direct and by the Bureau). The log will be uploaded to LoTW six months after the end of the operation. For more details and updates, see: https://lral.lv/3da0ww/index.html

3DA0RR -- There have been reports that Roman Vega (aka Romeo Stepanenko, 3W3RR [also to name a "few" other callsigns -- 1S0RR, 1S0XV, 1S1RR, 4L/AH0M, 5A0RR, 9D0RR, R3A/3W3RR, UB5JRR, XE2/AH0M,
YA0RR and P5RS7]) is expected to be active as 3DA0RR between October 14-16th.
ADDED NOTE: Even if Romeo's 3DA0RR operation takes place, his operation will probably not count. He has been banned/disqualified from participation in the DXCC program (in any manner). This was activated by the ARRL Awards Committee after they reviewed all of the documentation for Romeo's 1992-93 P5RS7 North Korea operation. It was also announced in a ARRL DX Bulletin (#11) in 1996:
http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive/ARLD011/1996

3DA0LP -- Lionel, ZS6DPL, is once again active as 3DA0LP from Manzini between October 11-15th and again between November 1-5th. Activity is limited due to work. He does operate on FT8. No other details are available.

OPDX

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Copper Coast Scout Group to get on-the-air

Tuesday 12th October 2021

EI2WRC will be active with the Copper Coast Scout Group on Saturday the 16th of October for the JOTA/JOTI 2021 event.

The club hope to have a few HF stations on air along with other club members explaining other aspects of the hobby with workshops where the scouts can participate.

The group will also be active on the Southern Ireland Repeater Network and all nodes connected to it. Special thanks to the SIRN group for allowing us to use the repeater network for this special event. If you hear the station on air, please take a few minutes to say hello to the scouts. Thank you!

Please note due to restrictions this event will not be open to the public.

For anyone that wishes to find out more about the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group and their activities you can drop them an email to southeasternarg /at/ gmail.com or please feel free to go along to any of their meetings.

You can check their website www.searg.ie and you can also join them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

IRTS

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Amateur radio station, K6TZ, will offer visitors a glimpse of island life

Tuesday 12th October 2021

California’s coastal islands are unique ecosystems that have a rich maritime history, and wireless communications has played a big role in this history for more than a century.

To help educate the public on these unique ecosystems, the Santa Cruz Island Foundation (SCIF) has invited the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club (SBARC) to build an amateur radio station at the new Chrisman California Islands Center (CCIC) in downtown Carpinteria, California.

The station will be prominently featured near the center’s main entrance. An interactive display will provide an overview of amateur radio communications and the role that amateur radio has played in the history of the islands.

When the station is not staffed with radio operators, center visitors can interact with the station using a custom touch screen. This screen controls an interactive presentation on amateur radio and wireless technologies and their importance to mariners, aviators, scientists and explorers who visit the rugged islands off the California coast. The presentation includes a demonstration of the station’s AIS (marine vessel), ADS-B (aircraft), emergency beacon (ELT/EPIRB), and amateur (APRS) tracking stations. Webcams connected to the station via SBARC’s club’s microwave data network will give visitors a real-time look at the island’s terrain. The presentation will also show how club members and researchers use the information and data collected.

Construction of the station was made possible by a $35,550 grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC). According to Levi Maaia, K6TZ trustee, the station is scheduled to open in 2022.

About SBARC
The Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club (SBARC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation whose mission is to promote education for persons interested in telecommunications, to disseminate information about scientific discoveries and progress in the field, and to train communicators for public service and emergency communications. SBARC also encourages and sponsors experiments in electronics and promotes the highest standards of practice and ethics in the conduct of communications. Learn more about SBARC at https://www.sbarc.org.

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

For more information, contact:
Levi Maaia, K6LCM, K6TZ Trustee
805.604.5384, k6lcm@maaia.com
Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, ARDC Content Manager
734.930.6564, dan@ardc.net

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Pella Girl Scout balloon travels around the world

Tuesday 12th October 2021

Pella Girl Scouts Troop #122 launched a balloon with the Pella Amateur Radio club that recently ended its course after several trips around the globe.

In August, the two groups launched an amateur radio GPS receiver attached to a balloon, as often happens in area classrooms throughout the academic year at Pella and Pella Christian.

This project served as part of their Girl Scout Cadette Citizen Scientist Journey on August 3, 2021 and they were able to track the balloon on their computers and smart phones where ever it traveled ever since. Their balloon went around the world almost three and a half times, before it tried to fly over the top of a hurricane on October 1st

You can read much more at:
https://www.kniakrls.com/2021/10/11/pella-girl-scout-two-month-balloon-launch-journey-ends-with-worldwide-trips/

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Ofcom fines Colt Technology Services for providing incomplete information

Tuesday 12th October 2021

Ofcom has today fined Colt Technology Services Group (‘Colt’) £15,000 for failing to provide complete information in response to a statutory information request, as part of an Ofcom market review.

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

This information is vital to our decision-making, and it is essential that companies respond by the deadline, with accurate and complete information, so that we can rely on the information we receive. If companies fail to do this, they face action from Ofcom.

As part of our Wholesale Fixed Telecoms Market Review, we requested information from Colt – a network operator based in London – about its networks and services.

Colt initially provided incorrect and incomplete information, and due to the time needed to correct this, it failed to provide the required information within the stipulated timeframe.

We take such failings seriously and have decided to fine Colt £15,000 for this breach of its regulatory obligations. The penalty includes a 25% reduction from the penalty we would otherwise have imposed, as a result of Colt accepting liability and entering into a voluntary settlement.

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Tuesday 12th October 2021

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 3rd October, through Sunday, 10th October there were 216 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D6, DL, DU, 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, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP6, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XW, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

OPDX

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IOTA News from OPDX

Tuesday 12th October 2021

Island activities:

IOTA NEWS. The following are IOTA operations that were active this past week between October 4-9th(as per the DXCluster):

IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
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AF-004 EA8A0 CANARY 10m; FT8
AF-004 EA8AM CANARY 12m; SSB
AF-004 EA8AQV CANARY 10m; FT8
AF-004 EA8RM CANARY 20m; SSB
AF-014 CT3IQ MADEIRA 12m; SSB
AF-016 FR8TG REUNION 10m; SSB
AF-020 J5HKT Bubaque 40/30/17/12m; FT8
AF-020 J5T Bubaque 40/17m; CW
AF-022 ZD7BG ST HELENA 15m; CW
AF-022 ZD7FT ST HELENA 12m; SSB
AF-023 S9OK SAO TOME 160/80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10m; CW/SSB/FT8
AF-024 S79KW INNER 15m; FT8
AN-015 8J1RL QUEEN MAUD LAND (PR.HARALD & CR PR OLAV COASTS) 15m; FT8
AS-007 JA4NIJ HONSHU 17m; FT8
AS-007 JA7PKV HONSHU 40m; FT8
AS-007 JH4MTE HONSHU 20m; CW
AS-007 JL1UCH HONSHU 40m; CW
AS-007 JR1JFA HONSHU 17m; SSB
AS-013 8Q7KX MALDIVE 40/12/10m; CW
AS-013 8Q7PR MALDIVE 40m; FT8
AS-015 9M2TO PINANG STATE 20m; FT4
AS-060 DS1TRU/4 Kumo 40m; FT8
AS-076 JH5LTS SHIKOKU 20m; FT8
AS-078 JA8KSF HOKKAIDO 17m; FT8
AS-079 JE1HXZ/6 MIYAKO 30m;
EU-001 SV5AZK DODECANESE 12m; FT8
EU-004 EG6VCL BALEARIC 160/80/40/30/20/15/10m; FT8/FT4
EU-005 G2YT GREAT BRITAIN 20m; SSB
EU-005 G3PXT GREAT BRITAIN 20m; FT4
EU-005 G4DBW GREAT BRITAIN 15m; FT8
EU-005 G6UT GREAT BRITAIN 40m; SSB
EU-005 GM0ADC GREAT BRITAIN 15m; CW
EU-005 GM0UKZ GREAT BRITAIN 40m; SSB
EU-005 GM0VGI GREAT BRITAIN 17m; FT8
EU-005 M0JCQ GREAT BRITAIN 20m; FT4
EU-005 M0KCB/P GREAT BRITAIN 40m; SSB
EU-005 MM0EDZ GREAT BRITAIN 17m; SSB
EU-005 MM0HVU GREAT BRITAIN 17m; FT8
EU-009 GM8OFQ ORKNEY 20m; SSB/FT8
EU-014 TK4QL CORSICA 20m; SSB
EU-014 TK5IH CORSICA 20m; FT8
EU-016 9A4W DALMATIA SOUTH 20/15m; CW
EU-021 TF1A ICELAND 30m; FT8
EU-021 TF1EIN ICELAND 20m; FT8
EU-021 TF3T ICELAND 20m; SSB
EU-021 TF3LB ICELAND 20m; FT8
EU-023 9H1WE MALTA 15m; CW
EU-024 IS0SLM SARDINIA 10m; FT8
EU-025 IT9MRM SICILY 20m; FT8
EU-029 OZ5MD SJAELLAND 40m; FT8
EU-029 OZ8SW SJAELLAND 30m; CW
EU-031 IC8/UR8QX Ischia 40m; CW
EU-031 IC8HRG Ischia 20m; SSB
EU-042 DK8OL Sylt 17m; CW
EU-047 DJ9IN NIEDERSACHSEN STATE 20m; SSB
EU-047 DL2BCY NIEDERSACHSEN STATE 40m; FT8
EU-053 OJ0WS Market Reef 30/12m; CW
EU-055 LA9AKA SOGN OG FJORDANE/HORDALAND/ROGALAND COUNTY 20m; FT4
EU-067 SV8DJW KYKLADES 20/15m; FT8
EU-067 SZ200ERS KYKLADES 40/20/17m; CW
EU-114 GU0GUX Guernsey 12m; FT8
EU-115 2I0BSA IRELAND 40m; SSB
EU-115 EI7HDB IRELAND 17m; FT8
EU-115 GI0CWV/P IRELAND 17m; SSB
EU-131 IK3PQH/P VENETO REGION 40/20m; SSB
EU-138 SM/DH0JAE BLEKINGE COUNTY 40/20/17/15m; CW/SSB
EU-171 OZ5HP JYLLAND NORTH 160m;
EU-175 CU3EM CENTRAL 15m; FT8
EU-175 CU7AA CENTRAL 20m; FT8
NA-005 VP9IN BERMUDA 20m; SSB
NA-015 CM2RSV CUBA 15m; FT8
NA-015 CO2AME CUBA 20m; SSB
NA-015 CO2CW CUBA 30m; FT8
NA-015 CO2GL CUBA 15m; FT8
NA-016 ZF1PB CAYMAN 10m; FM
NA-018 XP3A Greenland 17m; FT8
NA-022 VP2ETE ANGUILLA 12m; SSB
NA-026 KA2ABA NEW YORK STATE 17m; SSB
NA-036 VE7DX BRITISH COLUMBIA PROVINCE (VANCOUVER) 15m; FT8
NA-036 VE7SA BRITISH COLUMBIA PROVINCE (VANCOUVER) 15m; FT8
NA-052 N1UL FLORIDA STATE SOUTH WEST 20/15m; FT8
NA-058 WD4DX GEORGIA STATE 20m; SSB
NA-099 KP4JRS PUERTO RICO 12m; FT8
NA-099 KP4PUA PUERTO RICO 15m; SSB
NA-099 NP4AW PUERTO RICO 40m; CW
NA-106 KP2B VIRGIN 30/12m; FT8
NA-107 FM4SA MARTINIQUE 15m; SSB
NA-108 J69BB ST LUCIA 15m; SSB
NA-141 W6ZD FLORIDA STATE SOUTH EAST 20m; SSB
NA-143 K5KUA TEXAS STATE EAST 20m; SSB
NA-148 N1ECC MASSACHUSETTS STATE NORTH 17m; FT8
NA-249 KP4SX PUERTO RICO'S COASTAL 15m; FT8
OC-001 VK2BNG Australia 40m; FT8
OC-001 VK2POP Australia 20m; FT8
OC-001 VK2WJ Australia 20m; FT4
OC-001 VK2XN Australia 80m; FT8
OC-001 VK5KV Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK5WU Australia 40m; FT8
OC-001 VK8NSB Australia 10m; CW
OC-006 VK7YUM TASMANIA 20m; FT4
OC-016 3D2AG VITI LEVU AND VANUA LEVU 30/15/12m; CW/FT8
OC-019 AH6U HAWAIIAN 10m; FT8
OC-019 KH6ML HAWAIIAN 20m; FT8
OC-019 WH6ML HAWAIIAN 12m; FT8
OC-021 YB1KAJ JAVA 20m; FT8
OC-032 FK8HW NEW CALEDONIA 20m; SSB
OC-036 ZL1IF NORTH 40m; CW
OC-042 DV1IIW LUZON 20m; SSB
OC-046 FO5QB WINDWARD 17/10m; FT8
OC-088 9M8DEN BORNEO 12m; FT8
OC-088 YB7XYO BORNEO 20m; FT8
OC-134 ZL3JAS SOUTH 20m; SSB
OC-143 YC4SIZ SUMATRA 20m; FT8
OC-148 YB9MJA TIMOR 40m; FT8
OC-148 YF9PBZ TIMOR 15m; SSB
OC-228 VK5MAV/P SOUTH AUSTRALIA STATE EAST 20/15m; CW
SA-011 9Z4Y TRINIDAD 12m; FT8
SA-055 LU1COP/E Martin Garcia 40/20/10m; SSB

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

AF-050. Operators Johannes/PA5X and Gerben/PG5M will be active as 5T5PA/P and 5T1GM, respectively, from Arguin Island between October 15-19th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB, and FT8. They will use satellite communication for short messages on Twitter. Follow: https://twitter.com/PA5X_HAM
https://twitter.com/PG5M
QSL 5T5PA/P via LoTW, Clublog or via PA5X (direct or by the Bureau). For more details and updates, see: http://dx.to/5T1GM

AS-117. Kenji, JA4GXS, will be active as JA4GXS/4 from Mi Island between October 16-18th. Activity will be on 40/20/17/6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-064. The Charente DX Group (CDXG) will be active as TM2N from Noirmoutier Island (DIFM AT-020) betweeb October 24-30th.
Operators mentioned are Eric/F5LOW, Laurent/F5MNK, Fabrice/ F5NBQ, Bertrand/F6HKA and Leon/ ON4ZD/ OS0S. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via ON4ZD, direct, by the Bureau or Clublog's OQRS (preferred).

NA-092. Rich, WA5LFD, is now active as WA5LFD/p from North Padre Island until November 30th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, with an interest on 6 and 2 meters, using CW, SSB, and RTTY.
QSL via LoTW or WA5LFD direct. He also states, "E-mail me for a sked at: richknagg@gmail.com ".

OC-247. Operators Arfan/YB8DKL, Hajar/YB8HZ, Mashud/YC8ES, Ikhvan/YC8AQY, Basri/YC8BNZ, Andi/YD8CUI, Nurdin/YD8CXQ, Risman/YD8BVL, YD8ESH and YD8ERF will be active from Sapuka Besar Island between November 12-16th. It will take the team more than a day by ship to get to the island. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.

SA-092. (Reminder) Operators Markus/DJ4EL (PZ5GE), Sascha/PF9Z (PZ5ZS; not 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. REMEMBER: Operators will be active from Surinam before and after their PZ5G IOTA operation.

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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NRSI 1st News Bulletin

Monday 11th October 2021

On Sunday 11th October 2021, the National Radio Society of Ireland (NRSI) transmitted its first Radio News Bulletin from its Headquarters located in the midlands on 3633 kHz, 7133 kHz and 145.2375 MHz.

As a new national society, NRSI is delighted to announce that several new clubs/groups have already affiliated and overall membership numbers are continuing to grow strongly since its formation, which took place on 23rd March last year.

NRSI emphasises openness, transparency and inclusivity to our members and affiliated clubs. We intend to increase public visibility of the hobby and demonstrate the core values of amateur Radio through field days and public events that showcase the many aspects of our hobby.

We have established a Voluntary Emergency Communications Service providing communications by licenced radio operators for our communities.

NRSI runs a QSL bureau for its members and is pleased to note that the number of QSL cards, both incoming and outgoing, are also increasing.

All enquiries about the National Radio Society of Ireland are very welcome and may be directed to our Secretary via NRSI, PO Box 13382, Roscommon, Ireland F42 NY56.

For additional information please visit the society website
www.nrsi.ie

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New Youth category for CQ World-Wide

Monday 11th October 2021

CQ World-Wide Phone Contest which takes place Oct 30-31 has a new Youth category for people aged 25 years-old or younger

IARU Region 2 reports:

The annual CQ World-Wide Phone (Oct 30-31) and CW contests (Nov 27-28) are great opportunities for young operators to get on the air and contact DX stations from all over the world. This year is special for young operators because of the new Youth category for anyone 25 years old or younger. Rules for CQ WW are found at https://www.cqww.com/rules.htm

The new Youth category has created a lot of interest and IARU Region 2 is one of several organizations sponsoring plaques for the top young scorers.  In Region 2, there are four plaques: top Youth score in South America for both the CQ WW Phone and CW contests and similar awards for the top score in North America in both contests.  In fact, Youth plaques are sponsored for all continents in both the Phone and CW contests.

Contests are a good way to introduce young people, licensed or not, to amateur radio's ability to communicate around the world.  Unlicensed listeners can log all the stations they hear and compare with other "SWL" (short-wave listener) logs.  On the air, contacts are short and easy to understand (signal report - almost always "five-nine" and a CQ zone from 1 to 40) so even a mike-shy person can jump in and be successful.

If your club has young operators, please help them get on the air individually or from a club station as a multi-operator entry.  Or invite a local young amateur to join you in your shack.  Certificates are available for everyone submitting a contest log, so every score will be recognized.  

In Region 2, stations in South America should see good conditions on 20, 15, and even 10 meters so smaller stations with modest antennas will find plenty of stations to work.  North and Central American stations will find plenty of European and Japanese stations, too.  Let's take advantage of good conditions to show our young operators how to have fun with amateur radio!

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

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AMSAT-EA developing URESAT-1 satellite

Monday 11th October 2021

AMSAT-EA is already working on the mission of what will be the first satellite of URE (Spain's national amateur radio society), URESAT-1

A translation of post by URE says:

At the IberRadio Fair, held in September, the possible functionalities that this satellite could implement were shown.

Details of the evolutions planned for the URESAT satellite are based on the experience of the previous GENESIS missions, with the GENESIS-N and GENESIS-L satellites, launched into space with Firefly on September 3 (although, they failed to reach orbit due to failure of the thruster), and EASAT-2 and Hades, which will launch with SpaceX on January 10 from Cape Canaveral.

Although the final functionalities must be approved by the URE itself, it is expected that said satellite will incorporate an FM voice repeater, FSK transmissions and some type of on-board experiment, which could be a camera with SSDV transmissions or some type of propellant.

If the necessary financing is obtained, it is expected that this satellite could be sent into space by the end of 2022.

Source URE
https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Spain

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BBC centenary special event

Monday 11th October 2021

Members of the BBC’s radio club, The London BBC Radio Group, have been granted an exceptional all-year Special Event callsign to help celebrate the BBC’s centenary year in 2022.

Ofcom will permit GB100BBC to operate throughout the year, starting at midnight on New Year’s Day, from the headquarters station in Broadcasting House, London.

Operating slots will then be allocated for use by individual members and local groups of operators, from their home QTH, or BBC premises throughout the UK.

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ICQPodcast - High Power Battery Box

Monday 11th October 2021

In this episode, Martin Butler (M1MRB) is joined by Dan Romanchik KB6NU, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, Ed Durrant DD5LP and Ruth Willet KM4LAO to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief and in the episode we feature High Power Battery Box.

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

News stories include: -

• Radio France International Splatter “Untenable”
• Amazon Experimenting with Amateur Radio?
• UK Foundation Exam Practical Assessments
• Amateur Radio Volunteers Assist in Major US Cycling Event
• Exercise Blue Ham
• RSGB New Exam Online Booking System Available
• FMH Portable Operations Challenge 2021 Result

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

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Online talk: Xiegu HF transceivers October 13

Monday 11th October 2021

Daimon G4USI, who reviewed 3 Xiegu HF transceivers in the October edition of Practical Wireless magazine, will be giving his thoughts and answering questions on the rigs, all are welcome to join the Zoom session

The talk is being given to the Denby Dale Amateur Radio Society at 7:30pm BST (1830 GMT) on Wednesday, October 13. The meeting is open to all, you don’t need to be a member to attend, you will always be welcome.

The Zoom meeting ID is 842 5221 3056
https://zoom.us/j/84252213056

For further information see
http://www.ddars.net/

Recordings of earlier Denby Dale online talks can be seen at
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq9nFTkJJAjOdPZVytoPOcg

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EANET Sprint Contest 2021

Monday 11th October 2021

On November 7, from 08:00 to 12:00 UTC, it will be held the next edition of the "sprint contest" version of the same name Award, devoted to the 'Radio Clubs of the World'.

In just four hours you can win original and funny prizes that you can share with your mate or friends: hotels, restaurants, wellness or adventures.

Moreover, you will have the opportunity to contact those radio clubs you still needed to complete the EANET Award.

https://fediea.org/news/?news=20211107

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QSO Today - Robert Nash - G4GEE

Sunday 10th October 2021

Dr. Robert Nash, G4GEE, discovered early on that amateur radio is a social hobby that makes him a citizen of the World with friendships on every continent.

Working DX and dedicating time to his local club, the Coventry Amateur Radio Society, is his formula for ham radio success.

G4GEE is my QSO Today

Listen to the podcast

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SRAL applies to join National Defense Training Association

Sunday 10th October 2021

The Finnish Radio Amateur Association (SRAL) has decided to apply for membership of the National Defense Training Association (MPK)

The MPK is a national training organisation, which trains and educates citizens to be prepared for and to survive dangerous situations in everyday life and under exceptional conditions.

A translation of the SRAL post reads:

SRAL's Board of Directors decided on the matter at its meeting on September 23, 2021.

MPK is a Nationwide training organization for total national defense that trains citizens to cope better in everyday disruptions and exceptional circumstances. MPK also acts as a training cooperation organization in the field of voluntary national defense.

The Association considers that membership is justified because a large part of the new radio Amateur qualifications are currently completed at the end of courses organized by the MPK and Amateur Radio Clubs in cooperation.

Those who have completed the amateur radio qualification are key targets in SRAL's membership acquisition.

The aim of the association is to provide new radio amateurs with high-quality training material also for those who train through MPK.

SRAL is the only recipient of qualification examinations for radio amateurs authorised by the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom), covering the whole country. The courses and qualification examinations follow the principles approved by Traficom.

The aim of the training through MPK is to increase the general preparedness and ability to act in situations of social disruption. Part of the training serves the needs of municipalities and authorities.


As a member organization, SRAL can participate in these projects by providing its own special expertise, for example as training resources for backup communications networks, emergency power and radio technology. MPK is more easily able to support the training of its member organizations.

Source SRAL
https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Finland

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New DARC online HAMgroups include LoRaWAN

Sunday 10th October 2021

Germany's DARC is creating online amateur radio groups to enable hams to share their specialist knowledge

A translation of the DARC post reads:

Radio amateurs are characterized by their enormous specialist knowledge and skills in the field of experimental communication. In order to promote the transfer of knowledge among the DARC members, the board is planning various HAMgroups. A LoRaWAN group was founded as the first network.

The group participants meet in the HAMgroups - regardless of their place of residence - predominantly online on the DARC server. This is where radio amateurs come together who are interested in a specific topic. This means that niche topics for which there would be too few interested parties at the local level can be taken up supra-regionally and filled with life.

You can get an overview at
https://www.darc.de/der-club/hamgroups/

Source DARC
https://darc.de/

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CQ Hou Koers and Jamboree on the Air next weekend

Sunday 10th October 2021

Have you and your Club already contacted the local Voortrekker Commando, Scout Troop or Guide Company to assist with CQ Hou Koers and Jamboree on the Air on 16 and 17 October?

The Voortrekkers will be running CQ Hou Koers on Saturday 16 October, while the Scouts and Guides will be running JOTA on 16 and 17 October.

To make these events special for the Voortrekkers, Scouts and Guides, we need radio amateurs to set-up stations at a camp site or meeting place and, under their supervision, allow the young people to speak to other young people.

Contact Andries Visagie, ZS6VL if you want to help with CQ Hou Koers and Richard Hooper, ZS6RKE if you want to help with JOTA.

SARL News

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South African National CW Speed Week

Sunday 10th October 2021

Michael, ZS6MSW asks, "Have you ever thought of stretching your SPEED skills amongst your fellow Amateurs, in a way never heard before? Well, here is a First Never Done Before. Are you ready for the Challenge?"

The idea of the National CW Speed Week is to make as many contacts as you can within a 7 day calendar period, the goal is to log all contacts on the RaDAR Sport Log, developed by Eddie, ZS6BNE.
Visit www.radarops.co.za/zsportal, you will need a log-in PIN from Eddie in order to take part. The PIN allows you to edit your own log if you have made an error.

The criteria for the week will be - CW sent using any paddle or any straight key, nothing less than 20 wpm character speed or faster, will qualify you to take part. You will need to declare in the comments column on the logging system what kind of key you used - straight or paddle.

The Radar system self-generates the points, i.e., two QSOs confirmed will yield two points each and a QSO without a conformation will give you ONE point each, without a QSL confirming a match. So, the idea is to make sure your friends actually log on the system, to gain the double points. During the week, anyone can at any time, spot who spoke to whom, either in text form on the RaDAR system or on a bar graph format on the same system. Everyone logs in one place; just refresh your screen to spot the latest happening.

The National CW Speed Week will start at 04:00 UTC (06:00 Cat) on Sunday 24 October and end at 16:00 UTC (18:00 CAT) on Saturday 30 October 2021. Remember log books are kept in UTC time! The activity will take place on 80, 40 and 20 metres and you may not work the same call sign more than ONCE on each band.

A CW QRS Week is in the planning for the very new guys from 8 wpm and not exceeding 12 wpm. The same criteria as above will apply. The date for the CW QRS Week will be announced later.

SARL

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NZART Contest Manager - Geoff Clark ZL3GA

Sunday 10th October 2021

NZART Council has appointed Geoff Clark ZL3GA to the vacant position of NZART Contest Manager at it's October meeting.

Geoff takes over the role from Frank Hunt ZL2BR who has had to retire due to ill health. Frank has been in the role since 2010, and has been the scribe for the Contests Column Break-In.

On behalf of the Break-In Editorial Team and all the readers, I wish to thank Frank for his service over these years. Mark ZL2UFI Editor Break-In.

Geoff takes over the role immediately and can be contacted via email contests@nzart.org.nz

NZART

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Intrepid-DX Group extends Youth Essay contest deadline

Sunday 10th October 2021

Due to the low number of essays received, the Intrepid-DX Group has extended the submission deadline for this year’s Youth 'Dream Rig' Essay Contest to November 15, 2021. The winner of the 2021 contest will be announced on December 1. Those who submitted an essay last year are invited to submit again. The prize is an Icom IC-7300 transceiver.

Entry rules:

(1) Write and submit a two-page essay that answers the question, “How can amateur radio evolve to remain relevant in the age of the internet?

(2) Be a US amateur radio licensee aged 19 or younger.

(3) Promise to keep the radio for 1 year and to use it on the air.

(4) Send your essay in text or MS Word attachment by November 15, 2021 (no Google documents, please)

(5) Alternatively mail it to The Intrepid-DX Group, 3052 Wetmore Dr, San Jose, CA 95148, USA, postmarked by November 15, 2021.

All submissions become the property of the Intrepid-DX Group and may be published. Contact Paul Ewing, N6PSE, and visit The Intrepid-DX Group Facebook page for more information

ARRL

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Dorminy makes MASTERS list for third straight year

Sunday 10th October 2021

For Jonathan Dorminy of McDonough, Georgia, the seeds for his amateur-radio passion were planted several years ago. The catalyst for that passion, he said, came when he received a book on the subject as a Christmas gift.

“Amateur radio allows you to talk to people all over the world, and it’s a very technical hobby,” said Dorminy. “You can build your own transmitters and receivers, and through this, you learn about the actual circuits and electronics that are used in commercial communication devices.”

Dorminy, 14, was recently named to the Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS for the third straight year. Broadcom is the National Middle School Science Research Fair. Dorminy is one of 1,800 applicants to make the 2021 Broadcom MASTERS list.

For this year’s project, Dorminy built on previous amateur-radio endeavors, which also resulted in Broadcom accolades in 2019 and 2020.

“I wanted to replace the receivers in my project with lock-in amplifiers,” said the homeschooled freshman. “I wanted to do this because lock-in amplifiers are the most sensitive receivers at this time, which allows better weak-signal communication.”

Dorminy learned in early September that he had made the MASTERS list for the third consecutive year.
“I was incredibly happy and proud of myself,”
he said.

MASTERS is an acronym for “Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars.” The annual list, compiled by Broadcom Foundation and the Society for Science & the Public, honors the country’s outstanding middle-school students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition.

In 2020, Dorminy’s project featured a basic continuous-wave transmitter. He also used lock-in amplifier receivers connected to a Raspberry Pi microcomputer, which is approximately the size of a credit card.

“I wrote a program that would allow a person to send and receive texts with this system,” he said.

You can read the full Henry County Times article at
https://www.henrycountytimes.com/2021/10/09/dorminy-makes-masters-list-for-third-straight-year/

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Earth-directed solar flare and halo cme

Sunday 10th October 2021

This morning, an explosion on the sun hurled a CME almost directly toward Earth. It's called a 'halo CME' because the storm cloud appears to make a halo around the solar disk as it moves in our direction.

Minor to moderately-strong geomagnetic storms are possible when the CME arrives during the late hours of Oct. 11th or Oct 12th.

Get the full story and forecast updates @ Spaceweather.com

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Holyland Contest 2021 results

Sunday 10th October 2021

The Holyland Contest 2021 results:
https://iarc.org/iarc/#HolylandResults
 

Certificate generator:

https://iarc.org/iarc/#Certificategenerator

Mark 4Z4KX
ARC Contest Manager

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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 9th October 2021

Standard Information Exchange in Amateur Radio

The art of storing information in such a way that it doesn't devolve into random gibberish is an ongoing battle in the evolution of the human race. Egyptians five thousand years ago were perfectly happy storing information using hieroglyphs. They used it for well over three thousand years, but today you'd be hard pressed bumping into anyone on the street who knows one, let alone one thousand characters.

Latin fared a little better. It's been in use for over two thousand years, but other than fields like biology, medicine and of course some religions, the best you can hope for is et cetera, mea culpa and my favourite, carpe noctum, that and a few mottos scattered about.

Using technology to store information is no better. If you have a 3.5 inch floppy disc tucked away in a drawer, can you still read it today and do you know why it's called a floppy disc? What about a 5.25 inch, or 8 inch floppy. What about tape. Do you still have backups stored on DAT?

Even if you could physically read the information, could you still make sense of it? Can you open a VisiCalc spreadsheet file today? That was invented during my lifetime, first released in 1979. The latest release was in 1983.

My point being that storing and retrieving information is hard.

Amateur Radio is an activity that has been around since the early 1900's, over a century of information. We describe our collective wisdom in books, magazines, audio recordings, websites, podcasts, videos and tweets.

One of the more consistent sources of information coming from our activity is logging, specifically QSO or contact logging. There are bookshelves full of paper log files, but since the advent of home computing, logging now is primarily an electronic affair.

If you've upgraded the software on your computer, you know the pains associated with maintaining your log across those transitions. If you've changed operating systems, the problem only got worse.

Currently there are primarily two standards associated with logging, the ADIF and Cabrillo specifications. Both are published ways of describing how to store information in such a way that various bits of software can read the information and arrive at the same interpretation.

As you might expect, things change over time and any standard needs to be able to adopt changes as they occur. How that happens is less than transparent and in an open community like amateur radio, that's a problem.

Used primarily for logging contacts, the Amateur Data Interchange Format or ADIF is published on a website, adif.org. There's lively discussion in a mailing list and since its inception in 1996, it's evolved through many versions, incorporating change as it happens. Like the adoption of new digital modes, new country codes and administrative subdivisions.

Used for contest logging, Cabrillo is published on the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation, or WWROF web site which assumed administration for the specification in 2014. It documents changes as they occurred, like adding contest names, station types and contest overlays. While there's clearly activity happening, there doesn't appear to be a public forum where this is discussed.

Speaking of public.

The DXCC, or DX Century Club is a radio award for working countries on a list. ADIF stores those country codes using the DXCC country code number, which is part of the specification published by the ARRL, the American Radio Relay League. The list of DXCC entities is copyrighted by the ARRL, which is fair enough, but you have to actually buy it from the ARRL to get a copy. This is a problem because it means that any future archivist, you included, needs access to a specific version of both the ADIF and the then valid DXCC list, just to read the information in a log file. To put it mildly, in my opinion, that's bonkers.

Relying on external information isn't limited to ADIF. Cabrillo relies on external data for the format of the Location field which indicates where the station was operating from. Among others, it refers to the RSGB, the Radio Society of Great Britain who maintains a list of IOTA, or Islands on the Air, published on a web site that no longer exists.

There are other issues.

It appears that for the Cabrillo specification there is no incremental version number associated with any changes. Version 3 of Cabrillo was released in 2006. There are 31 changes published to update Version 3, but as far as I can tell, they're all called Version 3, so anyone attempting to read a Version 3 log will not actually know what they're dealing with. To give you a specific example of three changes. In 2016 the 119G band name was changed to 123G, which was changed in 2021 to 122G. All three labels refer to the same band, but until you actually start looking at the file will you have any indication about the version used to generate the file.

Let's move on.

Contesting. Not the logging or the on-air activity, but how to score a contest. What activity gets points and what incurs a penalty? Do you get different points for different bands, for different station prefixes, for low power, for multiple operators, for being portable and plenty more. Can you make contact with the same station more than once, if so, how often and under which circumstances? What is the exchange, how does it change, if at all? Each of these choices are weighed by contest managers all over the globe and they do it every time they run their contest. For some contests that means that there are dozens of rule versions across the years. To give you some idea of scale, the modern CQWW was first run in 1948 and there's at least one amateur contest every weekend.

Now imagine that you're writing contest logging software that keeps track of your score and alerts you if the contact you're about to make is valid or not, or if it incurs a penalty if you were to log it. That software is driven by the rules that govern a particular contest.

Some contest software is updated by the author every time a major contest is held to incorporate the latest changes. Other contest tools use external definition files, which specify how a particular contest is scored.

As you might suspect, that too is information and it too is in flux and to make matters worse, there is no standard. So far, the tools that I've found that make any concerted attempt at this all use different file formats to specify how a contest is scored and of those, one explicitly points out that their file format doesn't incorporate all of the possible variation, leaving it to updating the software itself in order to incorporate changes that aren't covered by their own file format. That is sub-optimal to say the least.

Personally, I think that there is a place for a global standards body for amateur radio, one that coordinates all these efforts, one that has a lively discussion, one that uses modern tools to publish its specifications and one that does this using public information with an eye on record keeping.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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2x1 Contest Callsigns for VK

Saturday 9th October 2021

The hard work performed by sub committee of active contesters, led by The Radio Society of Australia (RASA) has finally been realised with the announcement from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) on the release date for the new 2x1 Contest Callsigns.

The contest callsign template comprises the usual VK prefix with the addition of VJ and VL being also available - VK$A-Z, VJ$A-Z and VL$A-Z. (where the $ is a single number)

The contest callsigns are issued under the following rules.
• issued exclusively for amateur radio contests
• limited to amateur radio clubs and holders of an Amateur Operators Certificate of Proficiency – Advanced
• limited to one 2x1 call sign per licenced station – not including repeater or beacon licences.

• Successful 2x1 callsign applicants are not required to obtain a new licence or vary an existing licence.
• 2x1 callsigns will be issued for a period of 12 months.
• Callsigns will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

The allocation process will commence at 10am, 13 October 2021. by the Australian Maritime College, who are responsible for assessments and call sign issue in Australia on behalf of the ACMA.

Paul Anslow VK2APA
RASA President
president@vkradioamateurs.org

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Amateur non-assigned licence tenure

Saturday 9th October 2021

As a result of recent amendments to the Radiocommunications Act 1992, Australia's ACMA now has discretion to issue apparatus licences for a term of up to 20 years

When we consider requests for long-duration licences, the ACMA will balance the predictability afforded by these licences against the need to preserve flexibility in the spectrum management framework.

As noted in the policy document Our approach to radiocommunications licensing and allocation: Implementing the Radiocommunications Legislation Amendment (Reform and Modernisation) Act 2020, before issuing a longer-term licence, we will consider factors including:

• security of return on investment
• the number of users and use cases in the relevant part of the spectrum
• the degree of international harmonisation in the band
• the likelihood of a need to replan the spectrum for an alternative use.

Longer-duration amateur licences

Due to the current consideration of future amateur licensing arrangements, amateur non-assigned licensees should not seek the issue and renewal of licences with a duration of more than one year.

Although there is a high degree of international harmonisation in the bands available for non-assigned amateur use, and a small number of use cases, we do not believe it is appropriate to issue a longer-duration licences until we have finalised the outcomes of the review of non-assigned amateur and outpost licensing arrangements, which included proposals for regulatory change.

We’ll update you on the progress of the review, including a response to submissions, in the next few weeks.

Subscribe to the ACMA Amateur Radio newsletter at
https://www.acma.gov.au/subscribe-our-newsletters

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ACMA approve issue of 2x1 ham radio call signs

Saturday 9th October 2021

Australia's ACMA recently conducted a survey seeking the views of the amateur radio community on allocation arrangements for 2x1 callsigns 

They say they received 415 responses, and thank everybody who contributed.

After considering the feedback from the survey, the ACMA has recommended to the AMC that it starts allocating 2x1 callsigns based on the following arrangements:

• The AMC will manage the allocation of the 2x1 callsigns on behalf of the ACMA.
• The callsign template comprises VK$A-Z, VJ$A-Z and VL$A-Z.
• Callsigns are:
- issued exclusively for amateur radio contests
- limited to amateur radio clubs and holders of an Amateur Operators Certificate of Proficiency – Advanced
- limited to one 2x1 call sign per licenced station – not including repeater or beacon licences.
• Successful 2x1 callsign applicants are not required to obtain a new licence or vary an existing licence.
• 2x1 callsigns will be issued for a period of 12 months.
• Callsigns will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

The allocation process will commence at 10 am, October 13, 2021.

The ACMA Amateur Radio newsletter is available via
https://www.acma.gov.au/subscribe-our-newsletters

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BBC TV archive clip of 1949 ham radio contact

Saturday 9th October 2021

On October 6, 2021, the BBC Archive shared a clip of a news item about a radio amateur's reception of BBC TV pictures in Cape Town, South Africa in 1949, it includes an on-air contact

The BBC news item describes the remarkable reception of BBC television pictures from Alexandra Palace, London on 45 MHz by Henry Rieder ZS1P in Cape Town, South Africa.  
The clip features a contact between Mr C. G. Allen G8IG of Bromley, Kent and Henry ZS1P in which G8IG asks Henry questions about the TV reception.

See the BBC Archive Tweet and video at
https://twitter.com/BBCArchive/status/1445803539431841792

This SARL PDF mentions that reading about Henry ZS1P's achievement in the magazine Radio ZS inspired Mike Bosch ZS2FM to receive the BBC TV transmissions in 1956. There is a brief description of the equipment used, see
http://www.sarl.org.za/members/HallofFame/PDF/ARHOF%20Mike%
20Bosch%20ZS2FM.pdf


See the EI7GL post from 2019
https://ei7gl.blogspot.com/2019/10/example-of-bbc-tv-signal-at-45-mhz.html

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Svalbard: JW6VDA will be on FT8/FT4

Saturday 9th October 2021

Between October 12 and November 1 Tom OH6VDA/LA6VDA will be active as JW6VDA in Longyearbyen (JQ78tf) on Spitsbergen (EU-026)

Tom is operating HF using SSB and FT8/FT4.

QSL via LoTW, eQSL, ClubLog's OQRS or QRZ.com log. Bureau QSL card can be sent via LA6VDA.

Source SSA
https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Sweden

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WIA Board comment

Saturday 9th October 2021

This is WIA President Scott Williams, VK3KJ and wherever you are in Australia or in fact overseas, I hope this announcement finds you safe and well in these very challenging times.

I will be short and sharp this week with just a couple of quick messages on behalf of the WIA Board.

Firstly, the Board has confirmed that the 2021 Annual General Meeting, to be held on or around May / June 2022, will be held next year as a virtual event. In addition to the AGM, a proposal has been submitted to hold a half day online or virtual conference to replace the proposed face to face conference. The Board believe the online conference represents a wonderful way for the Amateur Radio community to re-engage and enjoy some topical presentations.

It is the view the Board that there is considerable uncertainty with the COVID overlay and this makes planning in advance very difficult. Please look out for announcements in the near future and we will be sure to promote the event through all the normal mediums.

A couple of weeks ago you heard from WIA Director, Peter Shrader, VK4EA about the WIAs new social media guidelines. This has been approved by the Board and we are just planning the role out of this as we speak.

For those that are on social media, it has again been a very challenging few weeks with some wonderful content posted, but also unfortunately, some content and threads of conversation that just should of never have found its way to the screens of many readers.

The WIA encourages the use of social media as a great medium to communicate in different ways to different audiences. We welcome constructive, respectful engagement that promotes open and friendly forums. We do NOT support any content that is posted that defames, vilifies, is offensive or unlawful.

In regard to the WIA social media channels, these will be moderated with any comments deemed by the administrators to be inappropriate, or not in the spirit of Amateur Radio to be removed.

On a final note, it was wonderful to see so many people on the air over last weekend for the SSB Oceania DX Contest. I understand there has been a record number of logs already received with over 1000 logs already submitted and they continue to be uploaded. There was also over 100 DXCC countries active. Operators across the country reported some favourable conditions with contest station VK4KW, reporting some great propagation on 10m to the East Coast of America. It was also great to see so many new operators competing for the first time.

Don't forget that this weekend is the CW Oceania DX Contest, which concludes at 06.00 UTC on Sunday. So, all those CW operators, make sure you jump on air and support the contest.

That's it for me this week, and I am going to jump on air and try and make a few contacts myself.

Stay safe and well and best wishes,

Scott VK3KJ

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Digital Mobile Radio

Saturday 9th October 2021

Peter, VK4NBL joining you.

Well, at least I'm here VIRTUALLY, but physically in the beautiful Murray Bridge part of South Australia.
But who cares where we are, when there's Amateur Radio??!!

DMR is Digital Mobile Radio, a fantastic World Wide Amateur Radio version of RF technology.

If you haven't tried it yet, you're in for a big surprise!

Sure. It sounds different from AM, SSB or FM ... but it's a PERSONAL CONTACT thing, when you can hear what the other guy sounds like, rather than having to read a "fist" to interpret the meaning behind the dits and dahs, or the intriguing sounds of FT8 and those other sorts of digital modes.

Last Tuesday evening we ran the 3rd anniversary of the Australian DMR net. There were 75 check-ins and I would like to thank every-one who took the time to call in. They were there, from all around Australia!

Don't forget ... we're here on Talk-group 5 EVERY Tuesday night.

Come and join us on Australia's biggest Digital voice network.

It'll be a real pleasure for all of us to hear YOU call in, and join the fun!

Peter, VK4NBL
for WIA National News

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ARRL continues its efforts to preserve amateur radio secondary use of the 3 GHz band

Friday 8th October 2021

Approximately 10 days ago, ARRL became aware of a provision in the $3.5 Billion Budget Reconciliation Bill that would have required that approximately 200 MHz of the 3.1 – 3.45-GHz band be reallocated to the use of 5G vendors.

Moving swiftly, the ARRL Executive Committee authorized ARRL’s Washington Counsel to begin preparations to respond. But, confronted with the probable delay of the Reconciliation Bill and an uncertain future for the 3 GHz provisions, Subcommittee Chairman Michael Doyle (D-PA-18) and Representative Doris Matsui (D-CA-6) introduced similar reallocation language on September 29 as H.R.5378 (117th Congress, 1st Session.) and scheduled hearings on it and related communications bills for Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

The Executive Committee and the Legislative Advocacy Committee immediately set efforts in motion in Washington to obtain support for ARRL’s position. Meetings were held on short notice to request support with the offices of Subcommittee members including Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16) and Tim Walberg (R-MI-7), as well as with Representatives John Larson (D-CT-1) and Joe Courtney (D-CT-2).

In addition, ARRL Atlantic Division Vice Director Bob Famiglio, K3RF, and ARRL Washington Counsel David Siddall, K3ZJ, met with Chairman Doyle’s Chief of Staff on October 1, to explain why it’s important that amateur radio continue to be permitted to operate in the 3.3 – 3.45-GHz band.

In his written statement to the Subcommittee in conjunction with the hearing, President Roderick emphasized that permitting Amateur Radio to continue to have use of the 3.3 – 3.45-GHz band on a strictly secondary, non-interfering basis will provide full protection to commercial licensees with exclusive licenses and further the public interest in providing a means for continued technological innovation.

Despite vigorous opposition from ARRL and others, the FCC in 2020 ordered the “sunsetting” of the 3.3 – 3.5 GHz band in order to auction the spectrum to commercial 5G providers. The Commission allowed amateur operations to continue in the lower 150 megahertz of the band, 3.3 – 3.45 GHz, until it acts in a future rulemaking to address that spectrum. Amateur operations were allowed to continue in the upper 50 megahertz, 3.45 – 3.5 GHz, only until 90 days after the auction including that spectrum has closed. The auction began this week; it is likely that operations will have to cease in February or March, 2022.

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, in a written statement on the newly filed H.R.5378 before the US House Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee on Wednesday, urged Congress to direct the FCC to preserve amateur radio’s secondary use of the 3-GHz band. President Roderick’s statement was the result of a quick, well-organized response by ARRL to counter the continuing threat to amateur radio’s secondary use of the 3 GHz band.

“A core standard of spectrum policy should be to maximize use of this valuable but finite spectrum resource,” President Roderick told the panel. “The [FCC] in earlier proceedings adopted a variety of methods to share and maximize use of the spectrum by radio amateurs and others, but in its latest 3 GHz proceeding it did not do so, despite hundreds of comments filed by radio amateurs.” President Roderick said that if the current policy continues, existing spectrum at 3 GHz being addressed in H.R.5378 “will be cleared indiscriminately,” leaving “significant spectrum resources vacant into the foreseeable future while radio amateur experimentation and operation will be forced to cease for no reason except regulatory myopia. It need not be so.” 

President Roderick pointed out that in earlier proceedings, the FCC adopted methods to ensure unencumbered spectrum access by primary users while accommodating secondary users on a non-interference basis. “These methods work well and remain effective without complaint in other frequency bands, and also should be applied to the 3 GHz band,” he said.

Primary commercial users “would rarely use all of their licensed spectrum throughout their entire licensed service areas,” President Roderick said. In its recent 3 GHz proceeding, however, the FCC “went beyond merely prohibiting amateur operations in areas and at times when primary Commission licensees might use the spectrum,” ruling instead that all amateur operation in the sub band being auctioned must terminate within 90 days of the auction’s close. President Roderick told the FCC that it is not logical for the Commission to leave spectrum unused before licensees start using it.

“ARRL, on behalf of the more than 750,000 amateur licensees in the United States, respectfully requests that Congress take this opportunity to instruct the Commission in H.R.5378 that radio amateur secondary uses should continue to be authorized in the 3 GHz band,” President Roderick concluded. He said there is no technical basis for removing amateur secondary operations from the 3 GHz band where radio amateurs “long have used the bits and pieces of unused spectrum for technological innovation.”

H.R.5378 is not yet law, and ARRL’s efforts to preserve amateur radio access to 3.3 – 3.45 on a secondary basis will continue.

On behalf of ARRL, President Roderick expressed appreciation for the support and efforts of Chairman Doyle and Representatives Larson, Courtney, Kinzinger, and Walberg to meet with ARRL representatives on short notice and to include ARRL’s position on H.R.5378 in the Committee’s hearing record.

Source: ARRL
http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-continues-its-efforts-to-preserve-amateur-radio-secondary-use-of-the-3-ghz-band

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Cuba publishes list of authorized amateur radio digital modes

Friday 8th October 2021

In the UK radio amateurs take it for granted they can use any mode they want with no restrictions. If a new mode comes along we can immediately use it, no need to ask for official permission, but the situation in other countries isn't so good.

Excessive bureaucracy and over-regulation in some countries can result in the regulator detailing every single mode a radio amateur is allowed to use.  In the case of Cuba this has resulted in the Ministry of Communications issuing a list of 321 digital modes that amateurs can use.  The drawback with such lists is they are are never comprehensive, some modes will get missed and it can be a bureaucratic nightmare to get new modes added to a list.  In the case of Cuba's list the digital modes C4FM, DSTAR, DMR, Q65 are all missing which means they can't be used.

On Twitter Pavel Milanes Costa CO7WT tweeted the news:

Cuba's Ham radio Regulatory agency @MINCOMCuba publish the list of authorized digital modes (finally) after more than 4 years from the regulation update.

On February of 2017 Cuba's regulatory agency updated the ham radio regulation. Nullifying all previous ones, that was the Resolution 75, on it's 115 article mention that Cuban hams can only do digital modes authorized on a (to be published) list on the regulatory agency website.

So all digital modes was ruled out until that list is published. The boom of FT8 and other new modes moved hams to use them, even when none of them was legally authorized, that caused at least one major confrontation with one ham radio operator being almost sanctioned by using a non authorized digital mode

So, after more than 4 years the "list" is published, you can check it here:

https://mincom.gob.cu/sites/default/files/software/archivos/relacion_de_modos_digitales
_autorizados_a_emplear_por_
los_radioaficionados_cubanos.pdf


It's a long list and you can spot almost all legacy modes and a few new ones, but there is some others that are missing, for example:

C4FM, DSTAR, DMR, Q65

Besides DMR the others are non common in Cuba, so no big deal (so far)...

Did I mention that it took them more than 4 years to make and issue the listing?

CO7WT out!

Source CO7WT
https://twitter.com/co7wt/status/1445892968
062259205

Cuba has three classes of license:
1st Class - Prefix CO - 2000 watts max
2nd Class - Prefix CM - 100 watts max
3rd Class - prefix CL - 10 watts max

A copy of 2017 Cuban Radio Regulations is at
https://www.iaru-r2.org/wp-content/uploads/Res_75_2017_REGLAMENTO
_DE_RADIOAFICIONADOS_28_de_
febrero_de_2017.pdf

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The uncertain future of ham radio

Friday 8th October 2021

Will the amateur airwaves fall silent? Since the dawn of radio, amateur operators—hams—have transmitted on tenaciously guarded slices of spectrum. Electronic engineering has benefited tremendously from their activity, from the level of the individual engineer to the entire field. But the rise of the Internet in the 1990s, with its ability to easily connect billions of people, captured the attention of many potential hams. Now, with time taking its toll on the ranks of operators, new technologies offer opportunities to revitalize amateur radio, even if in a form that previous generations might not recognize.

The number of U.S. amateur licenses has held at an anemic 1 percent annual growth for the past few years, with about 7,000 new licensees added every year for a total of 755,430 in 2018. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission doesn't track demographic data of operators, but anecdotally, white men in their 60s and 70s make up much of the population. As these baby boomers age out, the fear is that there are too few young people to sustain the hobby.

“It's the $60,000 question: How do we get the kids involved?" says Howard Michel, former CEO of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). (Since speaking with IEEE Spectrum, Michel has left the ARRL. A permanent replacement has not yet been appointed.)

Read the full IEEE Spectrum article at
https://spectrum.ieee.org/ham-radio

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HamSphere 4.0 CW contest in November 2021

Friday 8th October 2021

The HamSphere 4.0 Fall CW contest 2021 will start the 6 November 2021 at 04:00 UTC and finish 24 hours later on the 7 November 2021 at 04:00 UTC.

Bands 10 to 160 meter. HamSphere is open to amateur radio with a call sign but also to all operators who like DX like SWL, CB radio operators. You will receive a call like 14HS12345 for a French, 26HS for UK, etc like on 11 meter.

HamSphere 4.0 since 2014 use VoIP via internet with a very realistic propagation on HF amateur radio bands, we can use SSB, CW and digital modes. Include with the virtual tranceiver we have a directive antenna and we can exchange QSL E-QSL cards directly via the HS 4.0 system.

You can have a one month free trial http://hs40.hamsphere.com/download and you can visit my blog to look at my QSL cards received from more of 180 DXCC entities via hamSphere https://dxccf0duw.blogspot.com/

Thank you, i hope to meet you soon on HS 4.0 the virtual HAM radio via internet over Voip.

73 de Frank FØDUW near Paris France on HamSphere since 2012.

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Licence fees for 412 MHz spectrum

Friday 8th October 2021

Ofcom has today set the licence fees for the 412–414 MHz and 422–424 MHz paired spectrum, which is licensed to Arqiva and Airwave.

Arqiva won this spectrum in a 2006 auction, with a 15-year initial licence period. The initial period comes to an end in October 2021, at which point an annual licence fee will become payable. Arqiva traded the spectrum with Airwave in 2008 – making Airwave the co-licensee.

Following consultation, we have decided to set an annual licence fee of £396,000 per MHz per year for the 412 MHz spectrum, which is based on the fees Business Radio users already pay for a UK-wide licence in nearby bands.

The annual licence fee will apply from 31 October 2021.

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Bilsdale transmitter: Fire-damaged TV mast demolished

Friday 8th October 2021

A huge TV and radio mast which was irreparably damaged by fire has been felled in a controlled demolition.

The Bilsdale transmitter caught fire on 10 August leaving more than 600,000 homes across Teesside, County Durham and North Yorkshire without a signal.

Arqiva, which operated the 1,030ft-high (314m) mast on the North York Moors, said it "acted quickly" to demolish it while weather conditions allowed.

A temporary replacement tower is due to be made operational next week.

Arqiva said the new transmitter, which will stand 260ft (80m) high, will restore TV services to more than 90% of affected households.

Sections of the demolished structure have been preserved and will be examined as the investigation to determine the cause of the blaze continues.

Read the full BBC News story at
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-58821271

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Area hams to mark Trail's anniversary

Friday 8th October 2021

Members of what is quite possibly the only amateur radio club in the entire United States with 'Santa Fe Trail' in its name will be converging on Lone Elm Park in Olathe this Saturday for a special event commemorating the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the Santa Fe Trail.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., licensed amateur radio operators, or “hams,” with the Santa Fe Trail Amateur Radio Club will be navigating the airways with two purposes in mind: first, letting “hams” elsewhere know that the trail, which ran from Franklin, Mo., to Santa Fe, N.M., is 200 years old this year, and second, making contacts with as many “hams” as possible through the Parks on the Air program.

While many of America’s parks have clearly-defined boundaries, a “park” can take the form of something such as a historic trail that passes through multiple states or provinces, according to Gardner’s Jim Andera, call sign K0NK, a member of the Santa Fe Trail club. In the case of Lone Elm Park, he related, this spot originally was a popular campground for those in covered wagons who were traveling along the Santa Fe, Oregon and California trails.

You can read more at Gardner News
https://gardnernews.com/2021/10/07/area-hams-to-mark-trails-anniversary/

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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 8th October 2021

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by KC5CW, 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.

RODRIGUEZ ISLAND, 3B9. Robert, 3B9FR has been QRV using mainly CW with some occasional SSB and FT8. QSL via M0OXO.

KINGDOM OF ESWATINI, 3DA0. A group of operators will be QRV as 3DA0WW from October 12 to 26. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, and various digital modes. QSL via operators' instructions.

MALDIVES, 8Q. Tommy, DL8KX is QRV as 8Q7KX from North Male Atoll, IOTA AS-013, until October 11. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL to home call.

CROATIA, 9A. Tom, 9A2AA is QRV with special event call sign 9A302AA until July 2022 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Croatia's independence. QSL to home call.

MOZAMBIQUE, C9. Elvira, IV3FSG is QRV as C92R. Activity is in her spare time on 80 to 10 meters using SSB and various digital modes. QSL direct to IK2DUW.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8. Chris, DL4FO will be QRV as EA8/DL4FO/p from La Gomera, IOTA AF-004, from October 10 to 21. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using mostly CW with some SSB. This may include some SOTA and WWFF activations on the island as well. QSL to home call.

FRENCH GUIANA, FY. Curtis, KC5CW is QRV as FY/KC5CW until November 3. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using slow CW, SSB, PSK, and FT8 in DXpedition mode. QSL via LoTW.

SCOTLAND, GM. Members of the West of Scotland ARS are QRV with special call sign GB4GDS until November 2 to draw attention to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association Scotland. QSL via GM4DAE.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Special call sign HL30UN is QRV until October 31 to celebrate the 30th anniversary since the Republic of Korea was admitted to membership in the United Nations. QSL via EA5GL.

GUINEA-BISSAU, J5. Members of the Italian DXpedition Team will be QRV as J5T and J5HKT from Bubaque Island, IOTA AF-020, from October 9 to 22 using CW, SSB, RTTY, and FT8, respectively. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters. QSL via I2YSB.

SVALBARD, JW. Stations JW7XK, JW9DL and JW6VM are QRV from Longyearbyen, IOTA EU-026, until October 11. Activity is on the HF bands. This includes being active as JW5X in the Scandinavian Activity SSB contest. QSL via operators' instructions.

ANTARCTICA. A group of operators are QRV as KC4USV from McMurdo Station on Ross Island, IOTA AN-011, until October 31. Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via K7MT.

AUSTRIA, OE. Members of the Amateur Radio Contest DX Club will be QRV as 4U1A from October 10 to 31 to celebrate United Nations Day. QSL via bureau.

SURINAME, PZ. Sascha, PF9Z will be QRV as PZ5ZS from October 12 to 20. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using SSB. QSL to home call.

CANADA, VE. Alex, VE1RUS and Pierre, VE3TKB will be QRV as VY0ERC from the Eureka Amateur Radio Club on Ellesmere Island, IOTA NA-008, from October 12 to November 22. Activity is on the HF bands. This includes being entries in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB and ARRL Sweepstakes contests. QSL via M0OXO.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO

The NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, YLRL DX/NA YL Anniversary Contest, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, Makrothen RTTY Contest, QRP ARCI Fall CW QSO Party, Nevada QSO Party, Oceania DX CW Contest, Microwave Fall Sprint, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, Scandinavian Activity SSB Contest, Arizona QSO Party, Pennsylvania QSO Party, Cosack's Honor VHF/UHF Contest, South Dakota QSO Party, PODXS 070 Club 160-Meter Great Pumpkin Sprint, 10-10 International 10-10 Day Sprint and UBA ON CW Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint and K1USN Slow Speed Test are scheduled for October 11.

The Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest and RTTYOPS Weeksprint are on tap for October 12.

The NAQCC CW Sprint, RSGB 80-Meter Autumn Data Series, CWops Mini-CWT Test, and Phone Fray are scheduled for October 13.

Please see October QST, page 75, and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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RSGB new exam online booking system available

Thursday 7th October 2021

The RSGB's new exam online booking system for individuals and clubs is now live.

On the first page you choose whether you are an individual who wants to book a remote invigilation exam, or a club that wants to book an exam for candidates at the club premises.

Clubs will be able to choose whether to book and pay for their candidates, or just book the date and time then receive a link which candidates will use to pay for their own exams.

You can find the new booking process and a FAQ to help you on the RSGB website.

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The UoSAT-1 story: ingenuity, teamwork and lots of favours!

Thursday 7th October 2021

UoSAT-OSCAR-9 (UoSAT-1), developed at the University of Surrey by Martin Sweeting G3YJO and his team, was launched into orbit 40 years ago on October 6, 1981

UoSAT-1 was the first modern microsatellite with in-orbit re-programmable computers and its signals were decoded and analysed by thousands of radio amateurs, schools & universities around the world.

Find out about the audacious favours Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO called in to get UoSAT-1 off the ground in 1981, and the ingenious hack he used to vibration test it using a car and Guildford High Street!

Read the UoSAT-1 story at
https://www.sstl.co.uk/media-hub/latest-news/2021/the-story-of-uosat-1-ingenuity-teamwork-and-lots-o

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ARDC grant provides ARESLAX with sophisticated noise location capabilities

Thursday 7th October 2021

ARESLAX, an arm of the ARRL Los Angeles Section, has used a $23,600 grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) to purchase equipment that will help Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) team members to locate and eliminate sources of radio frequency interference (RFI) that could hinder their operations.

“ARESLAX is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting emergency communication initiatives of the Los Angeles Section’s ARES program,” ARRL Los Angeles Section Manager Diana Feinberg, AI6DF, explained. “Earthquakes and wildfires are the primary disaster threats this region faces. Because these incidents occur without any advance warning, disaster communication groups in the Los Angeles Section must maintain a high degree of readiness.”

Thanks to the grant, Feinberg said, last spring ARESLAX purchased a Fluke ii910 Precision Acoustic Imager, which combines ultrasonic detection with visual techniques to pinpoint an interference source, such as power line noise, and produce photographic evidence. At the same time, ARESLAX used its own funds to purchase a Radar Engineers 243 RFI Locator and spent the summer familiarizing itself with the sophisticated equipment.

“By combining these two purchases with our preexisting equipment, ARRL Los Angeles Section Technical Specialist Chris Parker, AF6PX, believes the Los Angeles Section now has EMI/RFI locating capabilities exceeding those of area utility companies and their contractors,” Feinberg said. ARESLAX would like to eliminate all RFI sources in Los Angeles County.

The equipment will be used across the ARRL Los Angeles Section, the only ARRL Section consisting of a single county — Los Angeles County with 10 million residents and the most populous US county. Terrain ranges from sea level to just over 10,000 feet, including an extensive mountain range. “Using NVIS [near-vertical incidence skywave] on 80, 60, and 40 meters is essential for communicating between all these areas and neighboring counties during major disasters,” Feinberg said.

“For an increasing number of Los Angeles Section hams, EMI or RFI issues have made the HF bands difficult or impossible to use for DXing, contesting, emergency communication, or casual operating,” Feinberg said. She pointed out that the network of overhead power lines that expanded with the county from 1940 through 2010 has now deteriorated, resulting in arcing. “Additionally, our urban noise floor is rising from the millions of electrical devices used by consumers and businesses, including solar charging controllers and grow lights,” Feinberg said. “Unfortunately, the major electric utility companies eliminated their long-standing EMI investigative departments in recent years following personnel retirements and business restructurings. The utility companies now hire outside contractors for locating specific EMI issues, but this approach hasn’t sufficiently solved many problems for hams.”

RFI complaints can go unresolved for years, and tracking down interference sources has been the focus of a corps of technical volunteers. The new equipment makes that job far less time-consuming and more successful, ARESLAX said.

In 2019, ARDC announced the sale of some 4 million consecutive unused AMPRNet internet addresses, with the proceeds to establish a program of grants and scholarships in support of communications and networking research with a strong emphasis on Amateur Radio. ARDC, which manages AMPRNet, said it planned to provide monetary grants to organizations, groups, projects, and scholarships that have significant potential to advance the state of the art of amateur radio and of digital communications.

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A new meteor shower

Thursday 7th October 2021

A meteor storm could erupt over Antarctica this week when Earth skirts a stream of debris from Comet 15P/Finlay, source of the newly discovered Arid meteor shower.

Astronomers have wondered for years why this nearby comet does not produce periodic displays of meteors. The long wait appears to be over.

Full story @ Spaceweather.com

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Child Protection Policy

Thursday 7th October 2021

The Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS) have recently instated a Child Protection Policy. This policy reflects the values the IRTS holds in making this hobby a safe and enjoyable hobby for all ages, furthermore it underscores the IRTS' continued drive to involve the youth in Amateur Radio.

The policy can be viewed on the downloads section of the IRTS webpage at www.irts.ie

It is suggested that all members familiarise themselves with the new Child Protection Policy.

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Spring QRP Contest

Thursday 7th October 2021

The Spring QRP Contest will be run from 12:00 to 13:30 UTC (14:00 to 15:30 CAT) on Saturday 9 October with CW and phone activity using 5 Watts 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 a realistic RS or RST report and your Grid Locator.

Submit your log sheet in ADIF or Cabrillo with a summary sheet or use the MS Excel log sheet and send it to info@zs6wr.co.za by 23:59 on Thursday 14 October 2021.

SARL

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French Guiana

Thursday 7th October 2021

Curtis, KC5CW, will be active as FY/KC5CW from French Guiana between October 8th and November 3rd.

Operations will be from several locations including the Hotel Atlantis in Kourou, the ESA Guiana Space Centre and the FY5KE Club Station.

Activity will be on 160-6 meters using SSB, PSK, FT8 and slow CW.

QSL via LoTW, ClubLog.

OPDX

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Loveworld fined £25,000 for broadcasting harmful Coronavirus content

Thursday 7th October 2021

Ofcom has today imposed a financial penalty of £25,000 on religious satellite channel, Loveworld, after our investigation found it broke our broadcasting rules.

During two episodes of current affairs programme, Full Disclosure, the presenters made a number of unevidenced, materially misleading and potentially harmful statements about the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines, which were broadcast without providing adequate protection for viewers.

Ofcom is clear that it is legitimate for broadcasters to discuss and scrutinise the Government’s public health response to the coronavirus pandemic – including the potential side effects of vaccinations – and that it may be in the public interest to do so. However, Loveworld’s presentation of misleading claims without sufficient challenge or context risked causing serious potential harm to viewers, at a time when people were particularly likely to be seeking reliable information relating to the UK’s vaccination programme.

Ofcom considered these breaches to be serious. We previously directed Loveworld not to repeat the programmes, and to broadcast a summary of our decision. Given the seriousness of the breaches, we also consider a further statutory sanction is warranted. Loveworld must pay a financial penalty of £25,000, which will be passed on to HM Paymaster General. The level of fine reflects, among other things, the proactive steps that the channel has since taken to ensure future compliance with our rules.

More details on our sanction decision are available

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16th annual ARRL online auction gears up for October 8 kick-off

Wednesday 6th October 2021

Get ready to bid and support ARRL education programming when the 16th Annual ARRL Online Auction gets under way on Friday, October 8, at 10 AM EDT (1400 UTC). The auction continues through Thursday, October 14. GigaParts is sponsoring this year’s ARRL Online Auction.

A preview of the items that will be up for bid begins on Tuesday, October 5. This year’s auction features ARRL Product Review and vintage equipment, classic books, novelties, and the ever-popular ARRL Lab “Mystery” boxes.

Visit the Auction website, register to bid, and check out details on the items available so you’ll be ready to place a bid on your favorites. Plus, keep an eye on the ARRL Facebook page for featured products and auction highlights throughout the event. See the schedule of Important Dates below.

Prospective bidders must register and create an account. Your arrl.org user ID and password will not work on the auction site. Registration is a one-time action. If you have previously registered for the ARRL Online Auction, you can use the same username and password to sign into this year’s auction. (If you have forgotten your username or password, click on the “Help” tab for assistance.)

It’s not necessary to register to browse the items for sale on the site, and you can register at any time during the auction at arrl.auctionanything.com.

ARRL’s Annual Online Auction is an important fundraiser and a critical means of support for ARRL educational programming. Auction proceeds ensure the continuation of programs that support the licensing of new hams, as well as Amateur Radio Emergency Service training, and enhancements to technical and operating education for all ARRL members and the greater Amateur Radio community.

If you don’t want to bid but still would like to contribute to the ARRL Education & Technology Fund, visit arrl.org/donate.

For more information about the ARRL Auction, contact Lisa Tardette, KB1MOI.

Important Dates

Tuesday, October 5: Auction Preview and Registration Opens 

Friday, October 8: Auction opens at 10 AM EDT (1400 UTC) 

Thursday, October 14: Auction ends at 10 AM EDT (1400 UTC) 

ARRL

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Sisters earn ham radio licenses

Wednesday 6th October 2021

The Midland Daily News reports on two sisters who got their amateur radio licenses - Kanushi Desai KE8RNA and Jashvi Desai KE8QHI

The newspaper says:

Two years ago, Kanushi Desai, always an inquisitive youngster, decided to join the Jefferson Middle School Electronics Club. The then sixth grader took an immediate liking to the activity.

“Kanushi was so young, she had no idea of any of these things,” said Pranali Desai, Kanushi’s mother. “Even when she was little, she was always exploring, always doing something.”

The first thing she built in the club was a flashlight, and the megawatt smile that lit up Kanushi’s face following this success is something her mother won’t soon forget.

“The happiness on her face when she saw all these elements come together told me, as a parent, that we should continue to support this new interest,” said Pranali Desai. “She started learning more and more and soon got her older sister, Jashvi, interested. She started learning from Kanushi.”

Today the pair of sisters are proud owners of amateur radio licenses after passing both the FCC Technician Class and General Class Amateur Radio exams.


Read the full story at
https://www.ourmidland.com/news/article/Midland-sisters-earn-amateur-radio-licenses-16508738.php

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10-year-old is youngest French radio ham

Wednesday 6th October 2021

The youngest radio amateur in France and the Overseas Territories is 10-year-old Florian Barret FR4UG in Reunion Island who holds the French HAREC equivalent license, which is the same as a UK Full

The article says

The amateur radio club of Saint-Leu in Reunion island is proud of the success of Florian Barret, its youngest member who becomes FR4UG (amateur radio call sign recognized worldwide).

Jacky FR4NP trainer at ARRA is not used to training such young candidates and has had to adapt his teaching methods: "For a 10-year-old college student, it can seem difficult. In his words, he was explained notions like the power of ten, the square root. These teachers now find that he has acquired an ease in understanding mathematics."

Read the full story (in French) at
https://outremers360.com/bassin-indien-appli/innovation-en-outre-mer-le-plus-jeune-radioamateur-de-france-est-reunionnais

There is only one class of license available in France and the Overseas Territories. France's Entry-Level Exam for the F0 call sign which permitted operating analog modes in the 144 MHz band was scrapped in 2012.

The French HAREC exam comprises 40 question, 20 on Rules and Regulations and 20 on Technical Theory.

Amateur radio statistics for France
https://www.passion-radio.org/blog/statistiques-radioamateurs-dmr-ccs7/76799

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JOTI and JOTA

Wednesday 6th October 2021

JOTA-JOTI takes place from the 15th to the 17th of October, hundreds of Scout stations are taking part including many Irish Scout Troops.

Currently registered from EI are the 14th Galway Scout Group, the 17th Longwood Meath, the 1st Meath Navan Scouts, the 2nd Laois Rathdowney and the 5th Mayo Copper Coast Scout Group.

More information, including a full list of participating stations can be found at www.jotajoti.info

IRTS

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Better protections from harmful online videos

Wednesday 6th October 2021

People who use online video-sharing sites and apps should be better protected from harmful content, as Ofcom issues new guidance for tech companies today.

Video-sharing platforms (VSPs) are a type of online video service where users can upload and share videos with other members of the public. They allow people to engage with a wide range of content and social features.

VSPs established in the UK – such as TikTok, Snapchat, Vimeo and Twitch – are required by law to take measures to protect under-18s from potentially harmful video content; and all users from videos likely to incite violence or hatred, as well as certain types of criminal content.

Today’s best practice guidance is designed to help companies understand their new obligations and judge how best to protect their users from this kind of harmful material. We have also today published a short explainer guide for industry on the new framework for video-sharing platforms.

Our five priorities for the year ahead – as set out in our workplan, also published today – are:
1 working with VSPs to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse material;
2 tackling online hate and terror;
3 ensuring an age-appropriate experience on platforms popular with under-18s;
4 laying the foundations for age verification on adult sites;
5 and ensuring VSPs’ processes for reporting harmful content are effective.

A news release is available with more detail

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Repeater interference

Wednesday 6th October 2021

IRTS report that Kells Radio Club are trying to source interference to the 2 Metre repeater EI2LLX on 145.7875 MHz in Cavan and to Dublin repeater EI2KTR on 145.7625 MHz.

The interference is intermittent and is opening both repeaters.

Anyone with information or ideas to cure the problem should contact the IRTS technical panel via the email address irtstech /at/ irts.ie

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North American QRP CW Club special event

Wednesday 6th October 2021

The North American QRP CW Club (NAQCC) runs the special event callsign N3A from several locations in the USA and Puerto Rico to mark the club's 17th anniversary.

QRV from the 10th to 16th.

QSL via KK1X. http://www.naqcc.info/main_n3a.html

DXNL

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 6th October 2021

Island activities:
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON

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

AF-004; EA8, Canary Islands:
Chris/DL4FO will be active from La Gomera between the 10th and 21st on 40-10m (mostly CW, some SSB). He also plans some SOTA and WWFF activations on the island. QSL via DL4FO (d/B).

AS-081; HL5, Kyongsang-Bukto/ Kyongsang-Namdo Province group:
Lee/HL1IWD activates Saryang Island from the 9th to 11th as HL1IWD/5 on CW and FT8 with an IC-706, a BuddiStick and an end-fed antenna. QSL via EA5GL.

EU-026; JW, Spitsbergen Island:
Tom/LA6VDA will be back on Svalbard from Oct. 12 to Nov. 1. QRV as JW6VDA on HF. QSL via LoTW, LA6VDA (B), ClubLog OQRS; don't send direct cards.

EU-026; JW, Spitsbergen Island:
Halvard/LA7XK, Just/LA9DL, and Erling/LA6VM will be active from Svalbard as JW7XK, JW9DL, and JW6VM on SSB between the 6th and 11th. During the Scandinavian Activity Contest their callsign will be JW5X. QSL for JW5X via LA5X (d/B), others via homecall and LoTW.

EU-047, DL, Niedersachsen State group:
Sebastian/DL1AXX plans to operate for 2-3 days (1-2 hours each) between the 11th and 16th a DL1AXX/p from Minsener Oog (DID N-26) on 60 and 40m (CW). Exact times will be published on qrz.com at short notice. QSL via DL1AXX (B).

NA-008; VY0, Nunavut (Ellesmere Island) group:
Alex/VE1RUS and Pierre/VE3TKB will be back on the air as VY0ERC from the Eureka Amateur Radio Club on Ellesmere Island between Oct. 12 and Nov. 22. They will also be active in the CQ WW DX SSB and ARRL Sweepstakes contests. QSL via M0OXO and LoTW. https://twitter.com/vy0erc

SA-055; LU, Buenos Aires (Delta del Parana) Province group:
Hernan"Capi"/LU1COP will be signing LU1COP/E from Martin Garcia lsland (LUFF-0064, ARLHS ARG-045 & ARG-152, WW Loc. GF05vt) between Oct. 8 and 12. QRV on HF on SSB and FT8. QSL via EA7FTR, LoTW, eQSL. http://lu1cop.capicom.com.ar/LU1COP-E/

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

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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School for Deaf Children to talk to an astronaut on the International Space Station
in a world first radio communication

Tuesday 5th October 2021

At 1212 hrs on 12 October 2021 Lloyd Farrington from the Newbury and District Amateur Radio Society (NADARS) will be calling the International Space Station using Amateur Radio equipment and callsign GB4MHN to enable ten deaf children to speak to NASA Astronaut Mark T. Vande Hei.

The children at the Mary Hare School for deaf children in Newbury will be talking to the Astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as it orbits above them at 17,500 miles per hour.

The Society, who celebrate their 100th Anniversary in 2022 applied to make the contact on behalf of the school in 2020. An original date of April 2021 for the contact was sadly postponed due to Covid-19 but was then re-scheduled for this month.

This is to be a world first, a group of deaf children will each ask a question to the astronaut who will then answer the question. The reply will then be interpreted into subtitles and sign language for the children to ‘hear’.

The event is made possible by the world-wide organisation ARISS (Amateur Radio International Space Station) that heads up the radio contacts for space agencies NASA and ESA.
The ISS has an Amateur Radio station on board and the Astronauts are also licensed Radio Amateurs.
The ISS signal can be received on the 2 metre Amateur band and can be heard live all over the UK when the contact is underway using amateur radios or scanners.

Radio Amateur and contact co-ordinator Lloyd Farrington from NADARS states: “This is a truly exciting event for both the school and NADARS. It’s a great privilege to be able to speak to an orbiting Astronaut and we’ll have NASA and ESA watching and listening to us due to it being the first contact of this kind in the World!” The event can also be watched live via an internet live stream: https://live.ariss.org

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Ham radio exams in Nieuwegein, Netherlands

Tuesday 5th October 2021

On October 2, the amateur radio Novice (equivalent to UK Intermediate) and Full exams were held in Nieuwegein. A day later, the Stichting Radio Examens (SRE) announced all the provisional exam results

A translation of the VERON post reads:


For the Novice (N) exam, the pass rate was above 90%, while for the Full (F) exam half of the candidates passed. The total number of exam candidates was 31.

The VERON congratulates the successful and wishes the others every success in the second chance.

For the F-exam, 10 candidates showed up. Five of them (50%) managed to give enough good answers to succeed. In the N-exam, the SRE had 21 candidates. Of these, 19 (90.5%) passed and will soon be able to register as a radio amateur with the Telecom Agency (AT) for the first time.

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

In the Netherlands the Novice exam comprises 40 questions each with 3 possible answers and you need to get 35 correct.  The Novice license permits 25 watts output in the 7, 14, 28, 144 and 430 MHz bands.

The HAREC Full exam comprises 50 questions each with 4 possible answers of which 35 need to be answered correctly. There is no need to do the Novice first, it's the equivalent of the RSGB's proposed Direct-To-Full exam. The Full license permits 400 watts output.

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Numbers taking up amateur radio in UK declining

Tuesday 5th October 2021

Figures in RSGB Board Proceedings suggest there has been a decline during this year in numbers joining the hobby but numbers are still much better than those before RI online exams were introduced

Number of Foundation exams in 2021:
Jan - 266
Apr - 252
Jun - 157

The figures for July showed the lowest level of Foundation exams since Remotely Invigilated Online exams were introduced in April 2020. The RSGB decided to drop the 8am exam reducing the number of possible exam candidates from 18 per day to 15.

The July exam figures were

138 Foundation - pass rate 89.9%
 46 Intermediate - pass rate 86.5%
 85 Full - pass rate 68.6%

Note: Different section of the August Board Proceedings give two different but very similar sets of numbers for July. The other figures say 139 Fnd, 46 Int, 86 Full. It's not clear from the Proceedings but perhaps "no-shows" are the reason ? One set is exams booked the other exams actually taken ?

RSGB Board Proceedings
http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/board-of-directors/board-proceedings-and-reports/

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IARU Region 1 prepares for Workshop

Tuesday 5th October 2021

On October 17-21 IARU Region 1 is holding a Workshop 'Shaping the Future' to discuss the future direction for amateur radio

The IARU-R1 site says:

Delegates attending the forthcoming IARU Region 1 Workshop on the future direction for amateur radio and the associated short Conference sessions will already have received joining instructions.

The “Shaping the Future” event is designed as a highly interactive workshop where small groups of delegates will discuss the goals for amateur radio into the future and how Member Societies and IARU can support progress towards those aims.

The event is being held virtually, because of continuing COVID issues in many countries. Commenting before the event, IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, said “We all know that our world is changing in many ways. This event is the opportunity to understand the implications of those changes and map the way ahead for amateur radio, so that IARU and its Member Societies share a common goal and a set of strategies for the future, and to resource action plans to start us on that journey. Holding an interactive workshop event of this scale is a challenge, but with everyone’s help and active contribution I am hoping for a positive and constructive output which will shape our work for years to come”.

Anyone who is planning to attend either the conference or workshop and who has not received joining instructions should contact the Region 1 Secretary urgently.

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

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ARDC gives grant to help students

Tuesday 5th October 2021

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) is helping high school Computer Science students become Makers by providing a grant to purchase Raspbery PIs and Arduinos

Sean Raser
, the Computer Science AP Class teacher at California High School, in San Ramon, California, believes that a hands-on approach is the most effective way for students to truly learn and retain knowledge.This means encouraging students to invent their own systems using Raspberry Pi computers and Arduino microcontrollers. By combining these devices with sensors, motors, other electronics, and computer code, students have the opportunity to learn complex technical concepts in a very hands-on way.

Raser’s challenge has been acquiring enough hardware for all of the students in his class. With limited resources, his program has been limited to a small number of students.

A $9,950 grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), a private foundation, is changing that. The grant will allow Raser to give all of his students the opportunity to participate. The funds will allow him to provide students with Raspberry Pi’s, Micro:bits, Arduinos and the other parts that they need to express their creativity and become makers. In addition, he is transforming part of his classroom into a makerspace that is accessible to all students at California High School.

According to Raser, “The results have been extraordinary. The students’ creativity and passion for learning truly thrive as a result of being able to bring their own ideas to life.” One student, for example, is using a Raspberry Pi Zero and a variety of sensors to record flight data during a model rocket launch. Another has built an automated attendance taker using a Raspberry Pi and RFID sensors. Raser’s hope is that these experiences will nudge these students into careers as engineers and scientists and change our world.

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) is a California-based foundation with roots in amateur radio and the technology of internet communication
https://www.ampr.org/grants/

Source Press Release
https://www.pr.com/press-release/845577

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The BBC World Service has published its performance review
covering the period of 2016 - 2020

Tuesday 5th October 2021

During the period covered by this review, the total reach of BBC World Service has grown significantly, by 42 percent, from 246 million people on average each week in March 2016 to 351 million people in March 2020.

In addition to supporting audiences across the world with trusted journalism, BBC World Service brings benefits to the UK. Its international expertise enhances the BBC’s UK news services by bringing unique insights to coverage on world events, helping UK audiences to understand what is going on in the world.
UK audiences agree that the World Service helps to inform UK audiences about international events and the UK’s place in the world better than any other brand.

Media Centre release here:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/2021/bbc-world-service-five-year-review

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Falkland Islands new prefixes

Monday 4th October 2021

Alan, VK6CQ (VK0LD, VP8PJ), from Perth, provided the following information: Due to an administrative oversight in the new Falkland Islands Communications Ordinance implemented way back in 2017, new VP8 licenses for use in the former Falkland Islands Dependencies have not been available for some years now.

This has caused considerable difficulty to major DXpeditions and others wishing to operate from these remote regions, including the recent VP8PJ South Orkneys operation.

After several months of protracted negotiations with Ofcom (the UK equivalent to the FCC), the Falkland Islands Communications Regulator and the Governments of both South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands and British Antarctic Territory, there has been a major break-through and Ofcom has finally authorized the use of a new prefix for these former Dependencies as a solution to this oversight.

The new prefix is VP0 (Victor Papa Zero) and once legislation is enacted in the near future, it will be applied to the two British Overseas Territories of South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands and the British Antarctic Territory. The existing VP8 prefix will then apply exclusively to the Falkland Islands only.

The new VP0 prefix will apply to the following DXCC entities:

1. British claimed sector of the Antarctic mainland, including the Antarctic Peninsula & nearby islands
2. South Orkney Islands
3. South Shetland Islands
4. South Georgia
5. South Sandwich Islands

It is proposed that the Falkland Islands Communications Regulator will administer these licenses on behalf of the governments of British Antarctic Territory and South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands. It is also proposed that licenses under the new prefix will only be assigned three-letter suffixes (as opposed to the more usual method of first assigning callsigns with one or two-letter suffixes). For example, VP8yz would be re-assigned as VP0xyz, not the expected VP0yz. The reasons for this rather odd proposal remain unclear, given the very small number of stations active from these regions. In the meantime, all existing VP8 callsigns as previously assigned under the old Falkland Islands Communications Ordinance for use in the former Dependencies (such as VP8PJ) remain valid for use until the associated licenses are revalidated and assigned new VP0 callsigns.

For further details, see the draft policy available for download on the Government of South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands website at:
https://www.gov.gs/amateur-radio-licences-policy-consultation/
Members of the Amateur Radio community are invited to comment on the draft policy and and have until 18th October to do so via a link on the webpage.
There is no information regarding the matter presently available on the British Antarctic Territory Government or Falkland Islands Communications Regulator websites.
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OPDX EDITOR'S NOTES: For more details, also read the following:
https://www.openfalklands.com/amateur-radio-call-sign-allocation-for-british-antarctic-territory-south-georgia-and-south-sandwich-islands
And also check this link

via OPDX

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Radio operators demonstrate how to communicate when disaster strikes

Monday 4th October 2021

Amateur radio operators in central Illinois held a practice session Saturday to demonstrate how to keep up communication when disaster strikes.

Peoria County's Amateur Radio Emergency Service - or "ARES" - held the session in Alpha Park. There, they communicated with other radio operators all around the country.

Organizers say if cell phones, landlines, and the internet go down during a storm or something worse, radio is the next best option - and a great way to communicate with the American Red Cross and other rescue agencies.

"This gives us an opportunity to get out and get some real-world practice out in the field with our equipment and our people - practicing various techniques that are used," emergency communicator Rich Holtman said.

Holtman added radio was especially important during the November 2013 tornado that hit Tazewell County, as it allowed for much quicker communication with the Red Cross when phone systems were out of commission.

Watch the video at
https://week.com/2021/10/02/radio-operators-demonstrate-how-to-communicate-when-disaster-strikes/

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AO-92 and FalconSAT-3 shut down

Monday 4th October 2021

AO-92 (Fox-1D) had started to change its behaviour after several weeks of being powered on. In particular, the integrated housekeeping unit (IHU) switched to safe mode.

This was likely due to low voltage during eclipse, which is when it should draw very little power, if no one uses it.

Mark Hammond, N8MH, also reported that he was turning off FalconSAT-3’s transmitter, due to low voltage.

AMSAT News Service

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South Eastern Amateur Radio Group

Monday 4th October 2021

EI2WRC will be active with the Copper Coast Scout Group on Saturday the 16th October for the JotaJoti 2021 event. The club hope to have a few HF stations on air along with other club members explaining other aspects of the hobby with workshops where the scouts can take part in.

The group will also be active on the Southern Ireland Repeater Network and all nodes connected to it.Special thanks to the SIRN group for allowing us to use the repeater network for this special event.

If you hear the station on air please take a few minutes to say hello to the scouts. Thank you! Please note due to restrictions this event will not be open to the public.

For anyone that wishes to find out more about the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group and their activities you can drop them an email to southeasternarg /at/ gmail.com or please feel free to go along to any of their meetings.

You can check their website www.searg.ie and you can also join them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

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Minami Torishima

Monday 4th October 2021

Be looking for Take, JG8NQJ, to once again be active as JG8NQJ/JD1 from Marcus Island, Minami Torishima (OC-073, JCG 10007), sometime this week for 3 months until mid-December. He is usually there to work on the island's weather station.

Activity will be limited to his spare time. Usually he will be mainly on 17 meters, but may try 40/30 meters and will also be on 20/15/12/10/6 meters using CW (possibly RTTY), with a Yaesu FT-450 and 50W. QSL via JA8CJY or by the Bureau via JG8NQJ.

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 4th October 2021

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 26th September, through Sunday, 3rd October there were 213 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, JA, JT, JW, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TU, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XW, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 4th October 2021

Island activities:

IOTA NEWS. The following are IOTA operations that were active this past week between September 27th ans October 2nd (as per the DXCluster):

IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
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AF-004 EA8/DF2FD CANARY 60m; CW
AF-004 EA8AF CANARY 40m; CW
AF-004 EA8NF CANARY 15m; SSB
AF-007 D60AC COMORO 20/15/12/10m; SSB/FT8
AF-007 D60AD COMORO 40/17/12m; CW/FT8
AF-014 CT3IQ MADEIRA 17m; SSB
AF-014 CT3MD MADEIRA 12m; CW
AF-014 CS9ABL MADEIRA 10m; SSB
AF-014 CT9ABN MADEIRA 10m; SSB
AF-016 FR8NT REUNION 10m; SSB
AF-016 FR8TG REUNION 10m; SSB
AF-017 3B9FR RODRIGUES 20/15/10m; CW
AF-019 IG9ITO Lampedusa 20m; SSB
AF-022 ZD7BG ST HELENA 15m; CW
AF-022 ZD7FT ST HELENA 17/10m; SSB
AF-024 S79KW/M INNER 20m; SSB
AF-032 5H1IP ZANZIBAR 10m; FT8
AF-049 3B8BAP MAURITIUS 15m; FT8
AS-002 A92AA BAHRAIN 15m; FT8
AS-003 4S7AB SRI LANKA 20/12m; SSB
AS-004 5B4AAB CYPRUS 15m; FT8
AS-004 5B4AHO CYPRUS 12m; SSB
AS-004 5B4ALJ CYPRUS 15m; SSB
AS-004 5B4VL CYPRUS 12m; SSB
AS-004 5B4XF CYPRUS 17m; SSB
AS-007 JA1CJP HONSHU 40m; FT8
AS-007 JH1XVQ HONSHU 17m; FT8
AS-007 JH3NGD HONSHU 40m; SSB
AS-007 JH7MQD HONSHU 40m; SSB
AS-007 JK1DDQ HONSHU 12m; FT8
AS-007 JO1LVZ HONSHU 15m; FT8
AS-015 9M2TO PINANG STATE 20m; FT8
AS-018 RT0F SAKHALIN 30m; FT8
AS-019 9V1YC SINGAPORE 30m; CW
AS-026 HL4SF CHEJU-DO PROVINCE 17m; SSB
AS-073 9M2TDX KELANTAN/TERENGGANU STATE 20m; SSB
AS-117 JF3BFS HONSHU'S COASTAL WEST 15m; CW
EU-001 SV5AZK DODECANESE 15m; FT8
EU-002 OH0100AX ALAND 20m; FT8
EU-002 OH0CO ALAND 60m;
EU-004 EA6PT BALEARIC 80/40/20m; CW/SSB
EU-004 EC6FK BALEARIC 40/20m; SSB
EU-005 2E0HKM GREAT BRITAIN 20m; SSB
EU-005 G0DBE GREAT BRITAIN 15m; SSB
EU-005 M/SP2CA GREAT BRITAIN 20m; SSB
EU-005 MM0AMW GREAT BRITAIN 15m; FT8
EU-005 MW0USK GREAT BRITAIN 17m; FT8
EU-014 TK/F6GLS CORSICA 60m;
EU-014 TK4QL CORSICA 40m; SSB
EU-015 SV9/OH1VR CRETE 12m; CW
EU-015 SV9ANK CRETE 15/12m; SSB
EU-015 SV9CAF CRETE 15m; SSB
EU-015 SV9RKU CRETE 17m; SSB
EU-018 OY1CT FAROE 17m; CW
EU-020 SM1HEV GOTLAND COUNTY 30m; CW
EU-021 TF3XO ICELAND 20m; SSB
EU-023 9H1MF MALTA 17m; SSB
EU-025 IT9FRX SICILY 15m; SSB
EU-025 IT9PQO SICILY 17m;
EU-025 IT9VPT SICILY 20m; SSB
EU-028 IU5HWS TOSCANA (TUSCANY) REGION 20m; SSB
EU-029 OV1CDX SJAELLAND 17m; SSB
EU-031 IC8/UR8QX Ischia 40m; CW
EU-042 DK8OL Hallig Hooge 60m;
EU-046 LA6KOA TROMS COUNTY 17m; SSB
EU-067 SV8DJW KYKLADES 40m; FT8
EU-067 SZ200ERS KYKLADES 20/15m; CW
EU-096 OH1SIC LANSI-SUOMI (TURKU) PROVINCE 20m; CW
EU-115 EI9KF IRELAND 15m; FT8
EU-115 GI0LDI IRELAND 20m; SSB
EU-123 2M0DWC SCOTTISH COASTAL 20m; FT8
EU-124 GW4PVM Holy 80/40/30/20/17/15/12m; CW
EU-131 IK3PQH/P VENETO REGION 40/20m; SSB
EU-138 SM/DH0JAE BLEKINGE COUNTY 30/20m; CW/SSB
EU-175 CU3AT CENTRAL 20m; FT8
NA-005 VP9IN BERMUDA 20m; SSB
NA-015 CO2ER CUBA 17m; FT8
NA-015 CO8MCL CUBA 40m; FT8
NA-018 OX3XR Greenland 17m; CW
NA-021 8P6ET BARBADOS 12m; FT8
NA-022 VP2ETE ANGUILLA 12/10m; SSB
NA-024 J35X Grenada 10m; FT8
NA-026 K2EC NEW YORK STATE 10m; SSB
NA-026 K2KIX NEW YORK STATE 10m; SSB
NA-026 KA2ABA NEW YORK STATE 17m; FT4
NA-027 VO1BE NEWFOUNDLAND 20m; FT8
NA-058 K4QAL GEORGIA STATE 20m; FT8
NA-059 NL8F FOX 160/80m; FT8
NA-085 WB0VZK FLORIDA STATE NORTH WEST 40m; SSB
NA-096 HI5MAH HISPANIOLA 10m; SSB
NA-096 HI8HRD HISPANIOLA 15m; SSB
NA-099 NP3DM PUERTO RICO 60m;
NA-099 KP4JFL PUERTO RICO 10m; SSB
NA-099 KP4PMP PUERTO RICO 10m; SSB
NA-099 KP4PUA PUERTO RICO 15m; SSB
NA-099 NP4A PUERTO RICO 40m; SSB
NA-099 WP4RF PUERTO RICO 12m; SSB
NA-101 J72IMS DOMINICA 10m; SSB
NA-108 J69BB ST LUCIA 20/12m; SSB
NA-141 KE4JQ FLORIDA STATE SOUTH EAST 10m; SSB
NA-144 KD7WPJ CALIFORNIA STATE SOUTH 15m; CW
OC-001 VK2BDX Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK2BNG Australia 40m; FT8
OC-001 VK2BY Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK2GJC Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK2IO/P Australia 40/20m; CW/SSB
OC-001 VK2WWV Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK3JA Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK3PUB Australia 20m; FT8
OC-001 VK3MH Australia 20m; CW/FT8
OC-001 VK3XV Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK4DX Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK4HH Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK4KW Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK4NM Australia 20/15m; SSB
OC-001 VK4QH Australia 20/15m; SSB
OC-001 VK5PAS Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK6WB Australia 40m; FT8
OC-006 VK7AC TASMANIA 20m; FT4
OC-006 VK7GH TASMANIA 20m; SSB
OC-006 VK7RG TASMANIA 20m; SSB
OC-013 E51BQ RAROTONGA 30m; FT8
OC-013 E51JD RAROTONGA 20/15m; SSB
OC-016 3D2AG VITI LEVU AND VANUA LEVU 20m; CW
OC-019 KH6LEO HAWAIIAN 20m; FT8
OC-021 YB0IBM JAVA 20m; SSB
OC-021 YB1DNF JAVA 20m; SSB
OC-032 FK8HM NEW CALEDONIA 15m; FT8
OC-032 FK8WH NEW CALEDONIA 20m; SSB
OC-036 ZL1T NORTH 20/15m; SSB
OC-036 ZL1PWD NORTH 20m; FT8
OC-036 ZL2UO NORTH 20m; SSB
OC-042 4I1EBD LUZON 20m; SSB
OC-042 DU1IVT LUZON 20m; SSB
OC-042 DV1IIW LUZON 20m; SSB
OC-086 KH0W SAIPAN 20/15/12m; CW
OC-088 9M6TMT BORNEO 20m; SSB
OC-088 YB7MP BORNEO 20m; SSB
OC-134 ZL3GA SOUTH 20m; SSB
OC-140 VK3TWO W.AUSTRALIA STATE (N.W. COAST) WEST 30m; FT8
OC-143 YB5QZ SUMATRA 17m; FT8
SA-002 VP8LP FALKLAND 12/10m; SSB
SA-006 PJ4EVA BONAIRE 20m; FT4
SA-011 9Z4FE TRINIDAD 12m; SSB
SA-011 9Z4Y TRINIDAD 10m; CW
SA-012 YV7BMZ MARGARITA 30m; FT8
SA-036 P41E ARUBA 10m; FT8
SA-041 PX8L Lencois 40/20/15/12/10m; SSB
SA-058 YV5HV CARABOBO/ARAGUA/DF/MIRANDA STATE 10m; SSB
SA-068 8R1AK/P GUYANA 12m; SSB

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

AS-081. Dr. Sungki Lee, HL1IWD, will be active as HL1IWD/5 from Saryang Island between October 9-11th. Activity will be limited to his spare time operating mainly on CW and FT8 using an IC-706MK2 with a Buddi-stick and end-fed wire antenna. QSL via his manager EA5GL, ClubLog or LoTW.

AS-140. (Update) Operators Manju/S21AM, Fazlay/S21IRC and possibly Aminul/S21D will be active as S21DX from Manpura Island between December 16-22nd. They will operate with two stations (w/100w)
into one multi-band beam, two verticals and 1 multi-band inverted V. Activity will be mainly SSB on 10m, 15m, 20m and some 40m if propagation permits. They have also decided to use FT8/FT4. QSL via ED7DX, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. They are looking for support. For more details and updates, see: https://s21dx.org

EU-047. Sebastian, DL1AXX, will be active as DL1AXX/p from Minsener Oog Island (German Island Award N-26) between October 11-16th. Activity will be mostly on 60/40 meters CW, but the actual operating schedule will be published on QRZ.com. QSL via Bureau.

NA-008. (Zone 2) After being silent for 18 months, operators Alex/VE1RUS and Pierre/VE3TKB will once again be active as VY0ERC from the Eureka Weather station this October. This station is operated by the Eureka Amateur Radio Club [probably the most northerly located amateur radio club in the world] from Eureka, Nunavut.
The VY0ERC team (VE1RUS and VE3KTB) is now in preparation to be active from the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory between October 12th and November 22nd, (time and weather conditions permitting). They plan to participate in CQWW DX SSB and the ARRL Sweepstakes Contests. Outside of the contests, the suggested bands are 40 and 20 meters (possibly 80m), as well as FM satellites (from ER60, EQ79) using SSB, the Digital modes (FT8 and RTTY) and very slow CW. Activity will be limited to their spare time. QSL via M0OXO, OQRS or direct. For updates, see: https://twitter.com/vy0erc

NA-249. Members of the Radio Operadores del Este (RODE) will be active as KP3RE from from Vieques Island between February 25-27th, 2022. Activity will be on all HF bands and modes plus the satellites. QSL via EA5GL.

OC-228. Andy, VK5MAV, will once again be active as VK5MAV/P from Granite Island, Australia, between October 5-6th. Activity will be 20 meters CW only. There will be no night activity from the island. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS.

SA-055. Hernan, LU1COP, will be active as LU1COP/E from Martin Garcia Island between October 8-12th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via LoTW or eQSL.

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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QSO Today - Alan Thompson, W6WN

Sunday 3rd October 2021

Alan Thompson, W6WN, was a volunteer rescuer to the Camp Fire in Northern California a few years ago.

This experience made Alan an evangelist for the deployment and use of conventional radio communications and the training that saves lives and property, as a backup to the costly but fragile smartphone systems that suddenly do not work in a natural disaster.

Alan tells his ham radio story in this QSO Today.

Listen to the podcast

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Eire: Regulator to put ham radio exams out to tender

Sunday 3rd October 2021

Communications regulator ComReg is putting the running of amateur radio exams out to open tender, they are currently run by the national society IRTS

In a recently published document 'Proposed Strategy for Managing the Radio Spectrum 2022 to 2024' ComReg say:

The current agreement with the IRTS for the setting, organising and correcting examinations for the Harmonised Amateur Radio Certificate is due to expire on the 21 December 2021. In advance of the expiry of the agreement, ComReg intends to publish an invitation to participate in a tender process for parties interested in administrating the HAREC examinations in Ireland according to CEPT ECC REC T/R 61-02. The invitation to participate document will be published on ComReg’s website in due course.

The ComReg document gives the figures for the number of exam candidates for each year ending June 30:
2017: 43
2018: 47
2019: 50
2020: 60
2021:  4

The IRTS paper-based 60 question HAREC exam is only held twice a year and typically has a pass rate of around 65-70%. In previous years some amateurs from the UK have travelled to Dublin to take the exam as all HAREC certificates are recognised by Ofcom and the holder is eligible for a Full UK callsign.

There are no online HAREC exams available from IRTS despite the online exam provider for the UK's RSGB, TestReach Ltd, being a Dublin-based company, see
https://www.testreach.com/customer-story-radio-society-great-britain.html

See the amateur radio section pages 68-70 of the ComReg document, also see pages 107-109 regarding an Entry Level Licence at
https://www.comreg.ie/publication/proposed-strategy-for-managing-the-radio-spectrum-2022-to-2024.

In Australia the regulator ACMA carried out a similar tender process for their amateur radio exams. The result was the national society WIA lost the tender and the company that won it significantly increased exam charges

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RSGB release 8 sets of Board proceedings

Sunday 3rd October 2021

The Proceedings for eight RSGB Board meetings held from December 2020 until August 2021 have now all been released

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

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


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

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Ham radio CubeSats to deploy from ISS include one on 76 GHz

Sunday 3rd October 2021

It is expected four CubeSats carrying amateur radio payloads will be deployed on the morning of Wednesday, October 6, one of them has 76 GHz capability

On the AMSAT Bulletin Board Masa JN1GKZ writes:

JAXA announced four CubeSats deploy from ISS at Oct 6 with J-SSOD. The satellites are Binar-1, Maya-3, Maya-4 and CUAVA-1. All the satellites operate on amateur band.

The deployment sked is followings.
#1 0850-0940z Binar-1, Maya-3, Maya-4
#2 1030-1100z CUAVA-1

The deployment will be live on the JAXA YouTube channel.

Binar-1
1U CubeSat Australia
Downlink 437.292 MHz, 435.810 MHz 19k2 GMSK
Uplink 435.810 MHz
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=730
https://www.binarspace.com/

Maya-3/4  - part of the BIRDS Project 1U CubeSat Philippines
Downink 145.825 MHz APRS, 437.375 MHz CW, 4k8 GMSK
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=711
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=712
https://stamina4space.upd.edu.ph/upcoming-satellites/maya-3and4/

CUAVA-1 3U CubeSat Australia
Downlink 437.075 MHz 9k6 GMSK, 2440.000 MHz, 5840.000 MHz, 76.750 GHz high speed
Uplink 145.875 MHz, 2404.000 MHz, 5660.000 MHz, 76.750 GHz
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=671
https://www.cuava.com.au/projects/cuava-1/

Happy chasing!
Masa JN1GKZ    
Tokyo Japan

AMSAT Bulletin Board
https://www.amsat.org/amsat-email-lists/

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Galapagos Islands

Sunday 3rd October 2021

Members of the Tifariti Gang/DX Friends will be active as HD8R from Galapagos Islands (SA-004) between October 26th and November 7th.

Operators mentioned are Toni/EA5RM (Team Leader), Alberto/EA1SA, Gen/EA5EL, Raul/EA5KA, Javier/EA5KM, Manuel/EA7R, Jose Ramón/EA7X, Flo/F5CWU, Jean Jacques/F5NKX, Tony/F8ATS, Fausto/HC5VF, Faber/HK6F, Simone/IK5RUN and Fabrizio/IN3ZNR. The pilot station will be Tony, EC7ZK.

Activity will be on 160-6 meters, including 60m, using CW, SSB, the Digital modes and low orbit satellites, with at least 4 stations that include Spiderbeams, verticals, Inverted "Ls" and beverages.

Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1824, 3524, 7004, 10104, 14024, 18074, 21024, 24894 and 28024 kHz
SSB - 1845, 3780, 7065/7160, 14195, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28495 kHz
RTTY - 14080 kHz
FT8 - 1843, 3567, 5357, 7056, 10131, 14090, 18095, 21091, 24911 and 28095
6m - 50103/CW, 50103/SSB and 50313/FT8

QSL via EA5RM. Minimun requirements are: Self Addressed Envelope (SAE) and 3 USDs for up to 15 QSOs or 3 QSL cards (20 grams letter), 4 USDs are needed for more than 15 QSOs or 3 QSL cards.

QSL FOR DONORS: If you have donated 25 Euros, 30 USDs or more, send your QSO data by E-mail to their QSL Manager (ea5rm@arrl.net) including your address and they will send your HD8R QSL direct.

An OQRS will also be available. For more details and updates, see: http://www.dxfriends.com/hd8r

OPDX

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Bahamas 'Radio In a Box' operation

Sunday 3rd October 2021

Operators George/AA7JV, Tomi/HA7RY, Mike/KN4EEI, Don/N1DG, Gregg/W6IZT and Hal/W8HC will be active as C6AGU from Wood Cay (NA-001) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th and the ARRL 160m CW Contest (December 3-5th).

Activity outside of the contest will be on 160-10 meters with a focus on the low bands, using CW, SSB and FT8.

Once again, this will be a "RIB" (Radio In a Box) operation aboard the catamaran "MV MAGNET".

For details, see QRZ.com under C6AGU and the video on
YouTube at: https://youtu.be/bRJjEUHiGSM

This operation will be using six "RIBs" with amps into various verticals.
QSL via HA7RY, or Club Log or LoTW.

Please note that this operation is dependent on travel plans due to Convid

OPDX

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Rodrigues Island

Sunday 3rd October 2021

Robert, 3B9FR, is once again active from Rodrigues Island (AF-017) and is NOT a PIRATE.

There have been QSN reports of him being active on 20/17/15 meters CW.
Jose Luis, EA1CS, even received an E-mail from him which was posted on his blog page that read:
Luis, I am not QRT, nor dead, as they commented yesterday in the cluster. I keep making noise from here. I've been through some rough patches this past time, but I'm glad to be back to our beloved fans...
73 Robert.

(https://ea1cs.blogspot.com/2021/09/3b9fr-rodriguez-island.html)

Charles, M0OXO, still remains as his QSL Manager.

OPDX

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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 2nd October 2021

You in the community ...

The other day a member of our community proudly showed off their plaque for first place as a Short Wave Listener or SWL in the Poland SP DX Contest. Together with their dad they listened on 80m using a WebSDR and logged all the contacts they were able to hear. Their participation didn't include transmitters, since neither have got their callsigns, yet.

To me this illustrates exactly what it's like to dip your toes into the world of amateur radio and it's a path that many amateurs have taken to become licensed and transmitting.

I'm mentioning this because that same short wave listener also won a platinum diploma from the anniversary of Stanislaw Lem's 100th birthday amateur contest.

If that name sends tingles of excitement down your spine, you're familiar with his work. If not, you might be interested to know that Stanislaw Lem was a world acclaimed Polish writer of science fiction who died in 2006.

This random discovery, in addition to giving me ideas about opportunities for contests and awards, reminded me of other times when in one setting I've been surprised by information relating to another setting. In this case, science fiction. In previous workplaces I've come across software developers, technicians and managers who outside their roles in computing were active as volunteer fire-fighters, paramedics, writers, stage performers, singers, foster parents and more.

It occurred to me that we in the amateur radio community spend most, if not all, of our time discussing amateur radio, but that we likely share other interests with our community. I recently discovered other science fiction nerds, a cos-player, there's some volunteer fire-fighters and the like, no doubt there's more.

My point being that in addition to finding more common ground between us as a community, we also have the opportunity to share our hobby with other people who share our interests. It's hard to imagine that science fiction fans and fire-fighters for example are unable to relate to amateur radio.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not advocating that you hit the members of your other communities over the back of the head with amateur radio. Instead, think of it as another way to connect to that group.

The thing that strikes me about our amateur community is the diversity that it encompasses. It means that there's likely plenty of other interests that you will find that bind you to other amateurs and it likely means that your other hobbies and interests might share some of your amateur interests.

Truth be told, as all consuming as amateur radio is, it's not the only thing that defines you and it's not the only thing of interest to the people around you.

What those interests are is up to you.

Only one way to find out.

Talk with your friends.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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RSGB Announcements

Saturday 2nd October 2021

Foundation practical assessments

Following a meeting of the RSGB Examinations Standards Committee at which Ofcom was represented, the current mandatory Foundation practical requirements are, with immediate effect, permanently removed.
If clubs want to retain a practical element of training to support the learning of their candidates, either as demonstrations or hands-on, they are strongly encouraged to do so.

For the full announcement please see the RSGB exam announcements web page:
Examination announcements

Main Site (rsgb.org)

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Face-to-face exams

Now that Covid-related restrictions are ending, from Wednesday 6 October clubs will be able to start booking online exams for groups of candidates using a new club online booking system.

From 1 November, clubs will be able to book paper-based exams. All bookings must be made online.
The RSGB expects to phase out paper exams in the future except where candidates have specific additional needs.

Further details will be available in the coming weeks but you can see the full announcement about face-to-face exams on the RSGB website:
Examination announcements

Main Site (rsgb.org)

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November deadline for EMF compliance checking

The new Ofcom EMF regulations require compliance checking for all stations operating at above 110MHz from 18 November.

The RSGB EMF web page contains links to the requirements as well as tools and advice to help radio amateurs to comply.

Two new additions have been added to this web page:

A new Pre-Assessed Equipment Configuration (PAEC-2) which derives the exclusion zones needed for VHF and up beam antennas

A new version of the calculator v11a which incorporates specific advice for VHF beams to help you show compliance. If you have already completed your checks using v10a of the calculator they remain valid, however the new version has additional guidance and may make compliance easier to demonstrate.

Watch out for a feature in the November RadCom on this topic

Also under preparation is PAEC-3 covering microwave antennas which will appear soon.

 

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WIA IARU-R3 Conference report

Saturday 2nd October 2021

The WIA reports on the IARU Region 3 conference attended by amateur radio societies in Asia and the Pacific, this included the UK's RSGB and USA's ARRL

WIA Vice President Lee Moyle VK3GK says:

Last week I was invited and attended the 18th International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 3 Conference. Originally planned to be held in Bangkok Thailand but due to Covid restrictions it was held as a virtual conference on zoom and was a full 3 day event.

The Wireless Institute of Australia was well represented at the conference with ex IARU Director Peter Young VK3MV as the WIAs Delegate with Greg Kelly VK2GPK, Oscar Salazar VK3TX, Grant Willis VK5GR, Dale Hughes VK1DSH and Lee Moyle VK3GK as observers.

Hosted by RAST the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand, it was incredibly well organised with multiple breakout rooms for discussions for proposals and recommendations to be made.

The meeting observed a minute of silence in memory of amateurs who became silent keys during past three years.

Capt. Dr. Panit Chantrabhakdee MD, HS1AAZ, as the President of Conference, opened the conference and welcomed everyone, as did Mr. Timothy Ellam VE6SH, President of the IARU and Mr. Wisnu Widjaja, YBAZ, Chairman of Directors of IARU Region 3.

Mr. Mario Maniewicz, Director, Radiocommunication Bureau of ITU made a speech and stressed that the IARU have actively participated in ITU study groups to protect spectrum for the amateurs.

The conference saw participation from over 85 individuals from the following 18 IARU Region 3 societies; (ARRL / ARSI / BDARA / CRAC / CTARL / HARTS / JARL / KARL / MARTS / NZART / ORARI / PARA / PARS / RAST / RSGB / RSSL / SARTS / WIA) and one society (FARA) as an observer status.

Also attending was IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH and Secretary Joel Harrison, W5ZN along with the presidents and secretaries from IARU Region 1, Region 2 and Region 3.

Two working groups were formed where all participants were invited to participate.

• WG1-Policy Matters.
• WG2- Operational and Technical Matters

In addition, a separate Finance committee was formed where all delegates were invited to participate. A total of 39 papers were discussed at Plenaries and the working groups, and 16 recommendations were adopted.

The following six directors were elected by voting following eight nominations:
a) Mohd Aris Bin Bernawi, 9M2IR
b) Jakkree Hantongkom, HS1FVL
c) Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP
d) Oscar Reyes, VK3TX
e) Wahyudi Hasbi, YD1PRY
f) Don Wallace, ZL2TLL

The 19th Regional Conference of IARU Region 3 will be held at Bangkok in Thailand on September 23rd -26th, 2024.

Peter Young, VK3MV, WIA-IARU R3 Liaison Officer notes the following:

A vote of thanks goes to all our attendees to the conference, particularly Grant Willis VK5GR and Dale Hughes VK1DSH. Grant presented a WIA input paper related to modernisation of HF bands to accommodate digital modes. As this was an exposure draft, Grant took members of WG2 (Operational and Technical Matters) the concepts and thinking of an inter-regional group that has been working on this for the past eighteen months. This paper generated a lot of discussions dealing with the characterisation and descriptions of the three buckets of uses. Thanks also to Dale for volunteering to undertake the role of Secretary for WR1 (Policy).

Thanks to Greg Kelly VK2GPK for his contribution to the Finance Committee dealing with the matter of a recommendation to the incoming Directors for the need of a Risk Register for Region 3.

The WIA congratulates both Oscar Reyes VK3TX, who was elected as a IARU Region 3 Director by a comfortable margin in the first round of voting. Oscar has an exceptional CV with past and present IARU experience and Grant Willis VK5GR who has been appointed as the Region 3 HF Band Plans Coordinator. Previously, there was one coordinator for both HF and VHF+ and it was agreed in WG2, that the role should be split.

For me, after over 40 years of being involved in Amateur Radio my attending my first IARU Conference was a total eye opener as to why we all need to support the regional representative societies (in our case the WIA) that represent us, the individual Radio Amateur at an international level for preservation of our frequency band modes and uses globally. I was surprised at how many of the attendees I knew personally at the conference, who are involved in the IARU, either from international hamfests and conferences to DXpeditioning or general operating and DXing.

In a nutshell the IARUs main focus is on representing the spectrum interests of amateur radio to the ITU, the Regional Telecommunications Organisations and to CISPR. Policies are developed in partnership with Member Societies and IARU draws heavily on experts from Member Societies to develop position papers and to advocate IARUs position in regulatory meetings.

Source WIA News
https://www.wia.org.au/members/broadcast/wianews/display.php?file_id=wianews-2021-10-03

The IARU Region 3 Conference Documents are at
https://iarur3conf2021.org/documents/

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ACMA release Five Year Spectrum Outlook 2021-26

Saturday 2nd October 2021

WIA report the Australian communication regulator the ACMA has released the Five Year Spectrum Outlook document covering the 2021-2026 financial year

WIA say:
The five-year spectrum outlook is the ACMA’s primary spectrum management document. It is released each year to provide a broad overview of trends that affect spectrum management and the factors used to inform the ACMA's spectrum planning and allocation priorities.

The FYSO 2021–26 outlines our priorities for the next 5 years. It includes a detailed annual work program, with activities and milestones for the 2021–22 financial year.

ACMA have also released the submissions received for our draft FYSO consultation as well as our response to submissions. We thank all our stakeholders for their involvement in the FYSO process.

For more info and downloadable FYSO documents from ACMA's website:
https://www.acma.gov.au/publications/2021-09/plan/five-year-spectrum

Source WIA
https://wia.org.au/

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Essex Ham comment on removal of Foundation Practical Assessments

Saturday 2nd October 2021

Essex Ham reports on the RSGB announcement that the current mandatory Foundation Practical Assessments are, with immediate effect, permanently removed from the syllabus

Essex Ham say the decision is largely set to polarise the UK amateur radio community, with arguments both for and against.

The article highlights the various points, both in Favour and Against Mandatory practicals, and notes clubs are still free to run hands-on practicals and demos during their training courses. Just because they’re no longer mandatory, that doesn’t stop clubs from demonstrating concepts via demos, practicals and show-and-tell.

Read the Essex Ham article and Comments section at
https://www.essexham.co.uk/rsgb-removes-practicals.html

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Troop 14 hosting Jamboree on the Air

Saturday 2nd October 2021

Troop 14 in Brownwood, Texas would like to invite all area units to participate in the Jamboree on the Air event from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Boy Scouts Hut located behind Fire Station 2 at Allcorn Park. The local Ham Radio Operators club will also be on hand.

According to the Boys Scouts website, Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world. It is held annually the third full weekend in October.

JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. This jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby amateur radio operator’s ham shack. Many times you can find the hams will come to you by setting up a station at your Scout camporee, at the park down the block, or perhaps at a ham shack already set up at your council’s camp.

You can read the full Brownwood News article at
https://www.brownwoodnews.com/2021/10/01/troop-14-hosting-jamboree-on-the-air-oct-16/

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RSGB National Radio Centre needs extra volunteers

Friday 1st October 2021

The RSGB National Radio Centre (NRC) welcomes thousands of people through its doors each month. In August 2021 alone, nearly 14,500 came to find out more about amateur radio. The RSGB needs to expand its team of volunteers and is particularly looking for people who can cover weekends.

If you’re interested in becoming an NRC volunteer you should enjoy meeting people and be prepared to work a minimum of one (preferably two) days per month. The National Radio Centre has a fantastic set-up and full training on using the GB3RS radio station will be given.

NRC volunteer Nigel, G4RWI says: “You don’t have to have huge knowledge, just an interest and enthusiasm about radio communication.” Take a look at the article on page 6 of the October RadCom to hear from more of the volunteers.

You will be joining a friendly and dedicated team and NRC volunteers enjoy numerous benefits associated with volunteering at Bletchley Park.

Please email NRC Coordinator Martyn Baker, G0GMB for further information about volunteering: nrc.support@rsgb.org.uk

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Caithness radio hams in the press

Friday 1st October 2021

The Caithness Amateur Radio Society got some good publicity for the hobby by telling the local press about the Field Day station they'd run

The John O'Groat Journal says:

THE Caithness Amateur Radio Society held its first field day since the coronavirus pandemic struck over 18 months ago.

The club set up a mobile unit at the Wick Pilot House and used a converted caravan as a studio. The event, which attracted radio enthusiasts and short wave listeners from all over the world, was "very successful," according to club spokesman, Hamish Duncan [MM0HDW].

He said: "Many locals and visitors came to see what the big mast which carried the transmission antennas was all about, many were astonished to hear our members talking to people from other countries without a mobile. It was a very successful event and we thank everyone for their support."

Read the full story at
https://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/news/wick-field-day-is-a-first-for-caithness-amateur-radio-societ-252466/

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Latest issue of RadCom Basics now available

Friday 1st October 2021

The September issue of RadCom Basics is now available online for RSGB members. It covers a range of topics including how to enter a contest, building your own digital hotspot and a look at online call books.

You can also subscribe to receive email alerts for future issues on the RSGB website:
http://rsgb.org/radcom-basics

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University students operate portable

Friday 1st October 2021

Students who are members of Norway's Academic Amateur Radio Club decided to do some portable operating as their shack was out of action due to a roof repair

The club says:
With our shack being QRT due to work being performed on the roof of Studentersamfundet, the motivation for portable operations has increased. Saturday, September 18 a few members of LA1K went to Munkholmen to set up a portable station. Munkholmen is a small island just outside of Trondheim which houses an old fortress. Located at JP53EK68, it has a beach with space for an antenna and clear line of sight in all directions except for the south-west, due to the fortress.

We brought LA2QUA’s inverted V-antenna for the 20m band. It was supported by a 6m high telescopic mast and proved very easy to handle. The supporting ropes turned out to be perfect trip-wires, but thankfully no island visitors were injured in the process.

We used our FT-891 since it is lightweight and convenient for portable operations. We had several batteries with us, but the unregulated 20 Ah LiFePo4 battery lasted the whole day.

Read the full story at
https://www.la1k.no/2021/09/30/la1k-p-at-munkholmen/

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Ofcom: Additional clarification of call sign policy

Friday 1st October 2021

In response to a Freedom of information request Ofcom have issued further clarification about their call sign policy

Ofcom say:
With regard to the existence of a previous policy, I am afraid there is nothing further I can add to my previous response. With regard to the current policy, I have spoken with the relevant Ofcom team which has confirmed that, when assigning individual callsigns, our system actively ignores any call sign that has been used before. While they advised of one occurrence where a system error caused a previously used call sign to be assigned, in all other cases this means that call signs assigned by the system are new and will not have been previously assigned. The only instance in which a call sign will have been previously assigned to another person is when it is expressly requested by an applicant, in which case the two year retirement rule applies.

The Team has advised that there may be two scenarios in which Ofcom might sanction a call sign being “reused within Months of someone Dying”. First, where the licensee has been inactive for two years but then dies, the inactive period is taken into consideration if someone else (usually a friend or family member wishing to preserve the licensee’s memory) has requested the call sign. Second, where the licence has been held by an individual on behalf of a club, and the club wishes to continue to use that call sign.

The full correspondence relating to the FoI request by Ian Hope M5IJH originally made on June 2, 2021, is available at
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/change_of_call_sign_policy#outgoing-1161287

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Ofcom release totals for licences issued since April 6, 2020

Friday 1st October 2021

Ofcom have released figures for the number of amateur radio licences issued since April 6, 2020, when the RSGB introduced remotely invigilated online exams

On September 23, 2021, in response to a Freedom of Information request Ofcom said:

Thank you for your request for information about issuing amateur radio licences. We received this request on 2 September 2021 and have considered it under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

You asked:
‘Could you provide the number of amateur radio licences issued since the examination process moved online due to the COVID19 pandemic? Would you be able to possibly break it down into foundation and intermediate licenses? Thank you.’

Our response
We have taken the date on which examinations moved online due to the pandemic as 6 April 2020, as stated on the Radio Society of Great Britain website. Please see the table below for a break down of newly issued licences since then.

3,648 Foundation
1,135 Intermediate
1,032 Full

Source https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0023/225581/Online-Amateur-Licences-.pdf
 

Note the wording in Ofcom's reply indicates licences issued since April 6, 2020. This suggests the Full total is not be just those who have passed RI Online exams in that time but includes others.

Ofcom do not specifically say Individual licences so any new Club licences might be included in the total. It also raises the question - does a previous Full licence holder who has returned to the hobby after an absence of many years count, for Ofcom's administrative purposes, as a "newly issued licence"?

Given that on September 7, 2021 the RSGB reported 544 people had passed their Full licence it does suggest there were several hundred previous Full holders returning to the hobby.

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

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Earth can make its own auroras without solar storms

Friday 1st October 2021

Researchers from UCLA have discovered a new way Earth can make auroras.

Electron beams shooting up from our planet's atmosphere sometimes paint the sky green without the aid of solar activity. These "geo-auroras" can appear even when the sun is absolutely quiet.

Full story @ Spaceweather.com

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Amateur radio volunteers assist in major US cycling event

Friday 1st October 2021

The ARRL report that on September 11, some 115 amateur radio volunteers from five states provided communication support for LoToJa, the longest single-day USA Cycling (USAC)-sanctioned bicycle event in the country and now in its 39th year. Starting in Logan, Utah, the 203-mile course ends in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, taking cyclists through northeastern Utah, southeastern Idaho, and western Wyoming in the process.

The race attracts thousands of applicants, and upward of 2,000 are selected to compete. Some 1,700 competed this year. The event generates more than $2 million a year for Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Hams participate from multiple clubs in Utah, including Goldman Spike Amateur Radio Club (GSARC), Ogden Amateur Radio Club (OARC), and Utah Valley Amateur Radio Club (UVARC). The race deploys four command centers and multiple repeaters.

Prior to the event, Race Director Brent Chambers told the Cache Valley Daily that “This year’s race will have 600 course volunteers, which includes 150 ham radio operators [and helpers] from the Bridgerland Amateur Radio Club. They provide uninterrupted communication throughout LoToJa’s mountainous and remote terrain.”

“We take two portable repeaters to the top of mountains, and we deploy multiple APRS [Automatic Packet Reporting System] digipeaters,” explained Kevin Reeve, N7RXE, who is the coordinator of amateur radio operators and communications systems for LoToJa. “All ham vehicles run APRS, and we have APRS and a radio operator with the race director and race official. Our goal is the help the cyclists, their support crews, and their families have a safe and enjoyable event.”

Ted McArthur, AC7II, heads the communication infrastructure team for the LoToJa hams. In all, nine repeaters and several simplex frequencies are used throughout the event, and APRS plays an important role.

“With [an increase in] the number of mobile vehicles needed to meet a growing event, Net Control Stations were spending a lot of radio time asking for position reports,” McArthur said. “We needed the airtime for real traffic, like helping cyclists, emergencies, and other critical traffic.”

“LoToJa is such a great event for amateur radio operators to participate in,” said Tyler Griffiths, N7UWX. “It is the ARES [Amateur Radio Emergency Service] radio operator’s dream event. We know where it starts, we know where it ends, but everything that happens in between is different from year to year.”

ARRL

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

Friday 1st October 2021

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by LU2BB, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

MALDIVES, 8Q. Nobby, G0VJG is QRV as 8Q7CQ from Innahura Island, IOTA AS-013, until October 13. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters, including 60 meters, using SSB and various digital modes. QSL via M0OXO.

MOZAMBIQUE, C9. Elvira, IV3FSG plans to be QRV as C92R beginning sometime in October. Activity will be in her spare time on 80 to 10 meters using SSB and various digital modes. QSL direct to IK2DUW.

COMOROS, D6. Operators Janusz, SP9FIH and Leszek, SP6CIK are QRV as D60AC and D60AD, respectively, from Moroni, IOTA AF-007, until October 2. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL to home calls.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Members of the DARC club in Backnang are QRV with special call sign DP70BAC until the end of 2021 to celebrates the club's 70th anniversary. QSL via DH1OK.

IRAN, EP. Mohammed, EP2MRK has been QRV on 20 meters using SSB between 1520 and 1800z. QSL via RW6HS.

TAJIKISTAN, EY. Ken, K4ZW is QRV as EY8/K4ZW until October 7 while on work assignment. QSL to home call.

HUNGARY, HA. Tamas, HA6LT is QRV as HA60ANT until the end of 2021 to commemorate the Antarctic Treaty celebrations. QSL to home call.

ITALY, I. Station II6OANT is QRV until the end of 2021 to commemorate the Antarctic Treaty celebrations. QSL via I1HYW.

ANTARCTICA. A group of operators are QRV as KC4USV from McMurdo Station on Ross Island, IOTA AN-011, until October 31. Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via K7MT.

ARGENTINA, LU. A group of operators are QRV with special event station LU2BB on October 1 to commemorate the anniversary of Ana Beker, who, known as the Amazon Of The Americas, rode on horseback from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Ottawa, Canada. Activity is on the HF and V/UHF bands using CW, SSB, FM, SSTV, FT8, and Satellite. QSL direct to LU2BB.

AUSTRIA, OE. Station OE60ANT is QRV until the end of 2021 to commemorate the Antarctic Treaty celebrations. QSL via OE3DMA.

MARKET REEF, OJ0. Pasi, OH3WS will be QRV as OJ0WS from October 3 to 9. Activity will be on the HF bands, and on 160 meters using only CW. He plans on possibly being active in the upcoming Scandinavian Activity SSB contest. QSL to home call.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, S9. Members of the Czech DXpedition Group will be QRV as S9OK from Sao Tome, IOTA AF-023, from October 3 to 5. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY, and FT8. QSL via OK6DJ.

DODECANESE, SV5. A group of operators are QRV as SV5/HB9COG from Rhodes, IOTA EU-001, until October 5. Activity is EME on 70, 23, 13, 9, 6, and 3 centimeters, at various times, using JT65C, Q65C, Q65D, and CW. QSL direct to HB9Q.

CRETE, SV9. John, SV9CJO is QRV with special event call SX200CJO until December 31 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Hellenic revolution against the Ottoman Empire. QSL via operator's instructions.

TURKEY, TA. Vasily, R7AA is QRV as TA0/R7AA from Buyukada Island, IOTA AS-201. Activity of late has been on 20 meters using CW and FT8. His length of stay is unknown. QSL to home call.

KOSOVO, Z6. Ben, DL7UCX is QRV as Z6/DL7UCX until October 3. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, FT8, and FT4. QSL to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO

The Oceania DX Phone Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, TRC DX Contest, German Telegraphy Contest, Russian World Wide Digital Contest, Two-Meter Classic Sprint, IARU Region 1 UHF/Microwaves Contest, California QSO Party, International HELL-Contest, SKCC CW QSO Party, RSGB DX Contest, UBA ON SSB Contest and Peanut Power QRP Sprint are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The K1USN Slow Speed Test and RSGB 80-Meter Autumn CW Series are scheduled for October 4.

The ARS Spartan Sprint, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, and RTTYOPS Weeksprint are on tap for October 5.

The Phone Fray, CWops Mini-CWT Test, VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, 432 MHz Fall Sprint, and UKEICC 80-Meter Contest are scheduled for October 6.

Please see October QST, page 75, and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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