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ARRL calls for New York University Petition to be dismissed

Monday 9th December  2019

ARRL has asked the FCC to dismiss a Petition filed by New York University (NYU) seeking Declaratory Ruling on the encoded message rule

The ARRL say:

ARRL has asked FCC to dismiss a Petition for Declaratory Ruling filed by New York University (NYU), that in ARRL’s view proposes a new interpretation of the rule — Section 97.113(a)(4) — prohibiting “messages encoded for the purpose of obscuring their meaning.”

In its December 2 filing, ARRL said NYU’s call to “clarify” the rule’s meaning to prohibit “effectively encrypted or encoded messages, including messages that cannot be readily decoded over the air for true meaning,” is not only vague but could weaken the prohibition against encryption.

ARRL pointed out that the FCC rule prohibiting “messages encoded for the purpose of obscuring their meaning,” is essentially the same as what appears in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio Regulations applying to all countries. ARRL made clear that it continues to support rules prohibiting encrypted messages on the amateur bands, even for limited emergency communication purposes, and the ARRL Board reiterated that opposition last July.

In its comments, ARRL said that NYU’s request that the FCC adopt its suggested language would introduce ambiguity and confusion in the application of a rule that’s clearly understood to prohibit encrypted messages. ARRL noted that Morse code is encoded and would fall within the prohibition as proposed by NYU. “The very fact that messages sent in CW are ‘encoded’ by any definition of the term starkly demonstrates the problem with this proposal,” ARRL said.

Read the full ARRL story at

ARRL filing

Petition of New York University for Declaratory Ruling filed Oct. 24, 2019
Click this link

April 2019 - Digital Modes Petition RM-11831 generates debate

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Ham College 59

Monday 9th December  2019

General Amateur Radio Exam part 30.
General questions pool updates 2 of 3.


Ham College episode 59 is now available for download.

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Day-Xenia Hamvention price rises

Monday 9th December  2019

The ARRL Web page and Letter reports that the Day-Xenia Hamvention is increasing the cost of admission and its booth fees.

The cost of general admission would rise by 4 USDs per ticket to 26 USDs in advance or 31 USDs at the gate for all 3 days.

The cost of flea market spots will go up by 5 USDs per space, and inside exhibitors will pay 30 USDs more.

For more details, see:


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Zorro back in Bhutan

Monday 9th December  2019

Zorro, JH1AJT and his team will once again visit Bhutan.
This time Zorro will have meetings with the Olympic Committee and Bhutan Paralympic Committee for Bhutan's participation in the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic/Paralympic Games, especially focusing on his support to Paralympic and Para-athletes.

Also he will discuss the possible participation of Bhutan in the next Winter Olympic/Paralympic Games and preparation for that.

As always, Zorro cannot operate for long time as he has many duties, but good operators in his team will do their best for world-wide contacts.
They look forward to seeing you on the air!

Callsigns for this operation are as follows:
A50BOC (BOC stands for Bhutan Olympic Committee)
A50BPC (BPC stands for Bhutan Paralympic Committee)
A5B - Bhutan Team callsign

Schedule: December 11-20th
Bands: All bands (160-6 meters). Modes: All modes (CW, SSB, FT4 and FT8).
Operators mentioned are: Zorro/JH1AJT, Franz/DJ9ZB, Adrian/KO8SCA,
Max/ON5UR and Champ/E21EIC.

QSL via JH1AJT: P.O. Box 8, Oiso, Naka-gun, KANAGAWA 255-0003, Japan.
An OQRS will be available at ClubLog after his return to Japan.
Support FGC - Foundation for Global Children:

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December is YOTA month

Monday 9th December  2019

The Irish Radio Transmitters Society report that throughout the month of December EI0YOTA will once again be on the air with the aim of getting youngsters involved in our hobby.

The call will be available for use by clubs or individual operators.
Anyone wishing to use the call should contact Brian EI8IU 0861057325.

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 9th December  2019

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 1st December, through Sunday, 8th December there were 215 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E3, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, 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, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, 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, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TT,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZK3, 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 9th December  2019

Island activities:

AF-063. Members of Low Bands Contest Club (OM7M) will take part in a DXpedition to Pemba Island, Tanzania, between February 6-18th,
2020. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.
They will also take part in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) and the CQ WPX RTTY Contest (February 8-9th).
Operators will use 2x K3 TCVR, 1xTS590 with 2xPA Expert 1K3 PA and Vertical antennas for HF bands. The license is issued and the callsign will be 5H4WZ. Operators mentioned are Karel/OK2WM, Lubo/OM5ZW, YL Margita/OM5MF, Jozef/OM4AZF and Leszek/SP9LJD.
Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog (
QSL via OM3PA. More details will be forthcoming.

EU-008. (Early Announcement) Ray, M0DHP, will be active as MM2U from Skye Island, Scotland, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th, 2020).  QSL via LoTW.

NA-057. Thomas, N9EAW, is active as N9EAW/HR9 from Roatan Island, Honduras, until December 22nd. Activity will be holiday style and mainly on 20 meters SSB using a Yaesu FT-450D into a ZS6BKW multi-band wire dipole at 35 feet. QSL via his home address on

SA-023. Ron, PP2RON, will be active as PY6/PP2RON from Itaparica Island in Bahia State between December 20th and January 1st, 2020.
Activity will be holiday style on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and possibly FT8. QSL via his home callsign. direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.

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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Australian 70cms digital record extended to 2806 kms!

Sunday 8th December  2019

Early on the morning of the 5th of December 2019, there was a remarkable tropo contact between Leigh, VK2KRR and Peter, VK6KXW on 70cms across the Australian continent.

The distance was 2,806 kms and crossed over the Great Australian Bight, a part of the ocean well noted for tropospheric ducting.

This was a new record for a digital contact on 432 MHz as both stations were using the FT8 mode.

More info...

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Ofcom fines Onestream £35,000 for ‘slamming’

Sunday 8th December  2019

Ofcom has fined communications provider Onestream £35,000 after an investigation found the company took over the telephone services of more than a hundred people without their permission.

This practice – known as ‘slamming’ – is a particularly aggressive form of mis-selling. It involves customers being switched from one company to another without their consent or knowledge.

Our investigation found that three quarters of people slammed by Onestream were elderly or vulnerable. We also discovered that, in many cases, even when customers cancelled Onestream’s order to take over their landline telephone service, the company made repeated attempts to transfer them across regardless.

Ofcom has therefore imposed a penalty of £35,000 on Onestream, which has admitted its failings and agreed to settle the case. Ofcom has also required Onestream to release affected customers from their contracts without charge, and refund those who had already switched away and paid early termination fees.

Onestream has also written to all customers who switched to it as a result of a telesales call, to inform them of their right to exit their contract without penalty, at any time, regardless of whether they were the subject of this investigation. 

The money raised from this fine, which must be paid to Ofcom within 20 working days, will be passed on to HM Treasury.

More information on our ruling is available.

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Holy-land Christianity On The Air (HOCOTA)

Sunday 8th December  2019

Members of the Israel Amateur Radio Club (I.A.R.C) are pleased to announce the 2019 XMAS activity for its national award program: Holy-land Christianity On The Air (HOCOTA).

The program includes numerous sites with major significance to Christianity - well-known to every Christian and based by the language and citation from the holy books, Christian tradition, beliefs and heritage, as well documented archeology and other researches.

This is the third year of the program and the activity will be commenced during the 2019 Christmas season (December 26-29th) by 5 special event multi-operators stations. The current sub-program includes Christian sites from various sectors of the program including Kar Nachum, Caesarea, Jerusalem, Latrun and Massada.

Look for the following to be active:

1. Callsign 4X2XMAS; Mount Tabor SV, GREECE, Church of the Holy Apostles; Ref. No. (WW. Loc. KM72SV, HOLYLAND Loc. K-07-YZ, HOLYLAND N05KN and 4XFF-0064); Operators 4Z1DZ, 4Z5SL, 4X1ON, 4X6ZM, 4Z1KD and 4X1KW; QSL ONLY via LoTW and eQSL.CC; NO BUREAU - DO NOT WASTE YOUR CARD or YOUR TIME

2. Callsign 4X3XMAS; CAESAREA - Crusader Fortress; Ref. No. (Category F-01, WW. Loc. KM72KM, F-09-FD and 4XFF0161); Operators 4Z1NB, 4X1OM, 4Z1KM, 4X6UT, 4X1ST, 4X6AG and 4Z1NH; QSL ONLY via LoTW and eQSL.CC; NO BUREAU - DO NOT WASTE YOUR CARD or YOUR TIME

3. Callsign 4X19HNY; JERUSALEM; Ref. No. (WW. Loc. KM72 and J-18-JS); Operators 4X1KS, 4X1ZZ, 4X5MG and 4X5OT; QSL ONLY via LoTW and eQSL.CC; NO BUREAU - DO NOT WASTE YOUR CARD or YOUR TIME

4. Callsign 4X9XMAS; LATRUN; Ref. No. (WW. Loc. KM71LU and G-17-RM); Operators 4X6HU, 4Z4UO, 4Z1AR, 4X5ZS, 4X4KX and 4X5DL; QSL ONLY via LoTW and eQSL.CC; NO BUREAU - DO NOT WASTE YOUR CARD or YOUR TIME

5. Callsign 4X7XMAS; Stella Maris Monastery and LIFHTHOUS ISR-004; Ref. No. (WW. Loc. KM72MR and G16-HF); Operators 4X5HF, 4X6RE, 4X5DL, 4Z4DX and 4X4MF; QSL ONLY via LoTW and eQSL.CC; NO BUREAU - DO NOT WASTE YOUR CARD or YOUR TIME

For more details, see for each callsign.....


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The Space Weather Woman

Sunday 8th December  2019

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov

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Scheduled transmission from Grimeton Radio / SAQ on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019

Saturday 7th December  2019

On the morning of Christmas Eve, December 24, we will try to start the old Alexanderson 200 kW transmitter, from 1924 and send out a Christmas message on VLF 17.2 kHz CW. The transmitter will be tuned up from around 08:30 (07:30 UTC) and a message* will be transmitted at 09:00 (08:00 UTC).

Guests are welcome to attend the transmission at the radio station in Grimeton from 08:00 local time. The Alexander association will arrange Coffee and Christmas cookies, free of charge. No entrance fee.

For those of you who can not attend, we will  broadcast the event live from Grimeton, Sweden on our Y ouTube Channel.


We are introducing a new online  SAQ reception report form to be used by listeners to report reception of any SAQ transmissions. We are kindly asking listeners not to send SAQ reception reports via E-mail.

QSL-reports to SAQ  are kindly received via:
Reception report form at
- or via: SM bureau
- or direct by postal mail to:

The Alexander Association
Radiostationen Grimeton 72

The SK6SAQ amateur radio station will be QRV on the following frequencies:
– 7.035 kHz CW or
– 14.035 kHz CW or
– 3.755 kHz SSB

Two stations will be on the air most of the time.

World Heritage Grimeton Radio station and The Alexander Association
For further details, se or

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RSGB releases SDR training videos

Saturday 7th December  2019

The RSGB has now published three short videos to help tutors teach this aspect of the new 2019 amateur radio exam syllabus

The presentations, given by Alan Betts G0HIQ, cover SDR and Digital Techniques at Foundation, Intermediate and Full levels.

The videos are available to RSGB Members at

The PowerPoint presentation slides are also available on the same page.

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December GEO Newsletter available for download

Saturday 7th December  2019

The December PDF of the GEO Newsletter weather satellite publication produced by the Group for Earth Observation is now available for free download

The Group for Earth Observation's aim is to enable amateur reception of weather and earth imaging satellites that are in orbit or planned for launch in the near future. Membership of GEO is free.

This newsletter includes a useful table showing currently active weather satellites and frequencies.

Download the GEO Newsletter from

Group for Earth Observation

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Typhoon Kammuri - update

Saturday 7th December  2019

Dani Halim YB2TJV has provided an update on amateur radio operation in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Kammuri

Since the KAMMURI TYPHOON has gone out of DU, unfortunately there are severe flooding happening now in the northernmost part of Luzon, DU2 area (Cagayan Valley, Isabela areas)

Just 7.095 is being monitored for now for HERO NET as always. So we need to inform that keep stay clear on 7.095 MHz.

For 7.110 MHz and 7.090 MHz now is no longer used for emcomm frequencies in DU.

Thank you for your attention ..
May God Bless us all..
73, Dani Halim, YB2TJV


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German radio amateurs are keen volunteers

Friday 6th December  2019

DARC reports more than 4,600 radio amateurs are doing voluntary work for the hobby

International Volunteer Day (IVD) on December 5 was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism.

translation of the DARC post reads:

The employees of the DARC office took the occasion of the International Day of Volunteering on December 5 as an opportunity to thank the committed DARC members very much for their work. Without the dedication, cooperation and creativity of many active radio amateurs, our association would not exist. For our "Thank you"!

At DARC e.V., there are currently a total of 6,077 roles assigned, divided into 4,605 volunteers. In the local associations, districts, lectures and staffs on the ground, committed members bravely and unselfishly assemble without expecting anything in return.

On many different levels they inspire other people with the fascination of amateur radio, cultivate the club life, protect the frequencies and look after the radio amateurs on site. They do valuable work for the community and secure the future of amateur radio in Germany.

Source DARC

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FT4 and JS8 added to the RFzero

Friday 6th December  2019

A new version of the RFzero library: has been released that among other things include FT4 and JS8 encoding. Thus the RFzero is now able to transmit PC-less FT4 free text or hex messages and JS8 heartbeat message from kHz to GHz.

The RFzero is a multi-purpose GPS controlled RF unit. It can be used as a beacon (IBP, SPB, CW, FT4, FT8, JS8, JT9, PI4, WSPR, …), signal generator, VFO, QO-100 dual LO, low cost GPSDO, e.g. for 10 MHz, or … Furthermore, is the RFzero an Arduino compatible platform. So it is possible for you to write or modify the software yourself. More than 20 programs, Arduino sketches, are integrated into the Arduino IDE for easy upload to the RFzero.

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UK Beginners Licence in January Practical Wireless

Friday 6th December  2019

The UK Beginners Licence proposal by the RSGB VHF Manager is discussed in the January issue of Practical Wireless magazine

The World of VHF column by Tim Kirby, now GW4VXE following his recent house move, publishes the proposal for a Beginners Licence by the RSGB VHF Manager John Regnault G4SWX on page 34.

Tim asks "Why is it that an interested person cannot take a simple test and start to actively participate in the hobby?" and notes only a day's tuition is required to use 25 watts output on Marine band.

On page 8 PW editor Don Field G3XTT says he would be very interested in feedback from PW readers on this proposal.

There is currently a special offer of a year's subscription to digital Practical Wireless for just £23.99, details at

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Ham radio to encourage student interest in science

Friday 6th December  2019

The News Minute reports the Open Space Foundation uses Amateur Radio to encourage young people to take an interest in science

The News Minute says:

Open Space Foundation was started in 2013 by Surender Ponnalagar (23), Bharath Kumar VU3BRE (21), Dinesh Kumar (19) and Anupama Pradeepan (23) - all of whom met at various science events. While Anupama is currently employed, the other three are doing their Masters'.

“Our idea is to take science to rural students. There are many opportunities for students to explore science, but most are unaware of these. We ourselves got to know about it only later. The idea of OSF is to develop science hobbies in children,” he explains.

Initially, the four would travel to different schools with simple science equipment like telescope, microscope etc to conduct one-day science forums. A couple of years later, they realised that this method was not helping their mission. That's when they came up with Open Science Centres (OSC) in schools.

The first OSC was set up at Municipal Middle School in Tiruppur. “We make it a point to meet students two to three times every week, during non-working days. We have selected 30 students based on interest, with help from teachers, to be trained in OSC,” he adds.

And the very first idea that they introduced to students was the ham radio, also known as the amateur radio.

Any student who has completed 12 years of age is eligible to obtain the ham radio licence from the government. “There is an easy exam that anyone with basic electrical knowledge can pass. The ham radio is the best way to learn and discuss science. You can communicate with anyone across the world, share your recent science experiments. It is a very good hobby,” he says, the excitement evident in his voice.

Read the full story at

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Maine makes waves - again

Friday 6th December  2019

Waldo County Emergency Management Agency Becomes the First to Deploy a New Wide-Area, Emergency, Public-Information Radio Service

It’s not the first time a communication innovation has come out of the State of Maine. In 1868, Mainer Joseph Stearns came up with a way to carry on two ends of a conversation simultaneously on the same wire, revolutionizing the telegraph industry; and later what would become the "telephone" industry.

In that spirit, one Maine county, with the assistance of seasoned amateur radio operators, is implementing the Nation’s first county-wide emergency broadcast system, utilizing universally available AM radio channels.
The new wide-area “RadioSAFE” system will be utilized in emergency / disaster situations in which citizens are cut off from power and communications – something that could easily have happened had Hurricane Dorian steered a slightly different course in September.

Explains Waldo County emergency management director Dale Rowley,
“We realized that the last option [in emergencies] most people have for getting information is by broadcast radio.” It was December 2013 when the County experienced a massive ice storm that crippled the power grid for a full week. Rowley recounts: “We established an emergency shelter but could not get the word to residents that the shelter was open! They couldn’t watch TV; and their smart-phone batteries were dead. We realized that the last option that most people have for getting information is by broadcast radio through their car radio or with small battery-operated receiver. Then we found out about emergency radio advisory stations.”

Though a power outage is the number-one situation in which the county will utilize the service, emergency management officials say it also could be of critical assistance in large-scale evacuations due to forest fires, HAZMAT spills or other hazards that would endanger the public.

Waldo County will be erecting road signs and will be using all local media to promote the presence of the emergency service. “During an emergency, we will send out a WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert) to cell phones directing people to tune to the AM station for more detailed information." adds Rowley.

Recognizing that an emergency AM radio system capable of covering their entire county was not an off-the-shelf item, in 2018 Waldo County reached out to equipment suppliers to propose the parameters of such a service. That request resulted in the design (by Information Station Specialists) of a high performance radio antenna with the efficiency and power-handling capability to cover a radius of more than 20 miles – what is required to cover the county.

Condensed versions of the RadioSAFE system are also available with 6-10-mile and 3-5-mile signal coverage distances. Depending on the version, a waiver and/or a Special Temporary Authority (STA) may be required from the Federal Communications Commission for operation.

The County then obtained a Subrecepient State Homeland Security Grant to cover costs. Information Station Specialists designed RadioSAFE wide-area emergency broadcast systems as a direct result of the County’s expressed needs. The RadioSAFE system Waldo County selected is under construction at this time on a hilltop tower site, centrally located near the Town of Knox, Maine. Adjacent Lincoln County (also in Maine) is proceeding with engineering work on a similar system for their jurisdiction.

Amateur radio pros Brit Rothrock (Communications) and Robert Hoey (GIS) within the Waldo County Emergency Management Agency are doing the system planning and will be installing the new service at the County's Aborn Hill tower site. The County's RadioSAFE System will operate on AM Frequency 530 kHz, a channel designated exclusively for TIS (Travelers’ Information Station) service in the United States. There are no other broadcast stations on 530 kHz in the Nation now, making it an ideal channel for emergency use.

Because frequencies for RadioSAFE operation are not universally available, planning a system begins with a frequency search to determine availability.

Visit Waldo County’s EMA website at
To learn more about RadioSAFE systems, visit

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TF3YOTA active in December

Friday 6th December  2019

Iceland's national amateur radio society, the IRA, report the special event call sign TF3YOTA will be on the air for YOTA month

A translation of their post reads:

Call signs with the YOTA (Youngsters On The Air) extension have already begun to be heard on tap, beginning in December.

"We will only be running later now than last year ," Elín said in a conversation with the reporter, "but we will start on full December 17" .

Then Elín Sigurðardóttir, TF2EQ and Árni Freyr Rúnarsson, TF8RN, will start and activate the call sign TF3YOTA. Their idea is also to invite young people to the site and give them the opportunity to get acquainted with the hobby and communication.

Elín Sigurðardóttir TF2EQ and Árni Freyr Rúnarsson TF8RN image credit Jónas Bjarnason TF3JB

The YOTA project began last year (2018) and will be operational in December each year. It is designed to increase young people's interest in amateur radio. The project is under the auspices of IARU Area 1 and all national amateur radio amateurs in the Region are involved (as well as national members of Regions 2 and 3).

Elín Sigurðardóttir, TF2EQ, the Youth Representative of the IRA, is also the IRA YOTA Project Manager together with Árni Frey Rúnarsson, TF8RN.

Mathias Hagvaag, TF3MH, IRA QSL manager handles QSL issues as before.

Source IRA

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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 6th December  2019

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by F6AJA, ON4JM, 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.

CYPRUS, 5B. Alex, 5B4ALX is QRV as C4XMAS during December.
Activity is mainly on 20 meters. QSL via IZ4AMS.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, A6. Members of the Emirates Amateur Radio Society are QRV with special event station A60BHR until December 17 to celebrate the 48th Bahrain National Day. QSL via A62A.

THE GAMBIA, C5. Carlo, ON4BR is QRV as C56BR until December 14.
Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL direct to home call.

NEW CALEDONIA, FK. Rudi, DB1RUL is QRV as FK/DB1RUL from Grand Terre, Poingam, Ile de Ouvea, and finally Ile de Pine until the end of December. Activity is on the HF bands using mostly FT8. QSL to home call.

SAINT MARTIN, FS. A group of operators are QRV as TO9W from Orient Bay, IOTA NA-105, until December 13. Activity is on the HF bands with a focus on 160, 80 and 40 meters using CW and FT8. QSL via LoTW.

HONDURAS, HR. Gerard, F2JD will be QRV as HR5/F2JD from Copan-Ruinas from December 12 to April 4, 2020. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via F6AJA.

ARGENTINA, LU. Special event station L50JT is QRV until December 14 to commemorate the 50 years of the underwater tunnel under the Parana River that connects Entre Rios and Santa Fe provinces. Activity is on 80, 40 and 20 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via LoTW.

FINLAND, OH. Members of the Santas Radio Club are QRV as special event station OH9SCL from Rovaniemi during December. QSL direct to OH9AB.

BELGIUM, ON. Members of the Radio Club des Ardennes will be QRV with special event station OP75USA from December 7 to January 7, 2020 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge of World War II, as well as to commemorate the siege of Bastogne. QSL via operators' instructions.

BRAZIL, PY. Members of the Guara DX Group are QRV with special event station ZW132GBA until December 15 to celebrate the 132nd anniversary of the city of Guarabira. QSL via bureau.

SLOVENIA, S5. Members of the Radio Club Slovenj Gradec are QRV with special event call sign S589PMC until January 5, 2020. QSL via bureau.

SOMALIA, T5. Ali, EP3CQ is QRV as 6O1OO until December 19. QSL direct to home call.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4. John, W5JON will be QRV as V47JA from St. aKitts, IOTA NA-104, from December 10 to 19. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL direct to home call.

MICRONESIA, V6. Haru, JA1XGI is QRV as V6K from Kosrae, IOTA OC-059, until December 9. This includes being an entry in the ARRL 160 Meter contest. QSL to home call.

INDIA, VU. Members of the Repeater Society of Calicut and the Malabar Amateur Radio Society will be QRV with special event call sign AT1RS from Kappad Beach from December 8 to February 22, 2020 in celebration of the 250th session of Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Indian Parliament, and the 70th Constitution Day. QSL via operators' instructions.

VIET NAM, XV. Keith, G4FUF is QRV as XV9F from Tra Vinh Province in the Mekong Delta. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands, with most of his activity being on 6 and 2 meters, and 70 centimeters, including EME. QSL direct to home call.

LAOS, XW. Bruce, 3W3B is QRV as XW4XR until December 16. Activity is on 60 to 6 meters using CW, FT8 and FT4. QSL via E21EIC.

MYANMAR, XZ. Martti, OH2BH is QRV as XZ2D until April 17, 2020. Activity is generally on 15 and 10 meters. QSL to home call.

ROMANIA, YO. Special event station YR2019REV is QRV during December to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Romanian revolution. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL via operators' instructions.

The ARRL 160-Meter Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, UFT CW Meeting, Wake-Up. QRP CW Sprint, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, International Naval Contest, PRO CW Contest, FT Roundup, EPC Ukraine DX Contest and the QRP ARCI Holiday Spirits Homebrew CW Sprint will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint is scheduled for December 9.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt and NAQCC CW Sprint are scheduled for December 11.

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

During December look for a number of stations active with the YOTA suffix for Youngsters On The Air. QSL via LoTW or direct to M0SDV.

Please see December QST, page 63, December QST, page 63, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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TM70TAAF, FRANCE special event

Thursday 5th December  2019

70th anniversary of the first Amateur Radio contacts with FSAT - TAAF

From 12 to 26 January 2020, special event call TM70TAAF will be activated by François F8DVD.

The special callsign commemorates the 70th anniversary of the first Amateur Radio contacts with French Southern and Austral Territories (FSAT - TAAF). These took place in January 1950 during the building of scientific research stations on Saint Paul and Amsterdam island (FB8ZZ), Kerguelen island (FB8XX) and Adelie Land in Antarctica (FB8AX).

TM70TAAF will be operated from F8DVD Qth in Mâcon, 60 km north of Lyon (JN26JH).

Reference for WAP program is WAP 301 (

Qsl OK via buro, direct with SASE and LOTW.

For more info :

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A planetary wave is supercharging noctilucent clouds over Antarctica

Thursday 5th December  2019

An atmospheric wave almost half the size of Earth is supercharging noctilucent clouds above Antarctica, according to new data from NASA's AIM spacecraft.

A rare sighting in New Zealand just a few nights ago highlights how bright the clouds have become as a growing mass of frosted meteor smoke pinwheels around the South Pole.

Visit today's edition of for the full story.

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Exclusive ham radio club seeks new members

Thursday 5th December  2019

Licensed amateur radio operators who belong to American Mensa or any other national Mensa organization have a club to call their own:

It's the Mensa Ham Radio Special Interest Group, or HAMSIG.

It's believed that perhaps as many as 30,000 hams in the United States alone would qualify for Mensa membership, meaning they test at or above the 98th percentile on any number of approved intelligence tests.

Mensa is said to be waiving its customary exam fee through December 31 for applicants who use the voucher code BigSky19 - and the code can be used at


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Latest Icom SDR amateur radios supplied to RSGB National Radio Centre

Wednesday 4th December  2019

If you have recently visited the Radio Society of Great Britain’s National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park you will have noticed two new radio additions. Icom has provided the IC-7300 SDR Transceiver and IC-9700 SDR Transceiver to the centre to allow it to promote amateur radio with the latest cutting edge Icom radio technology.

The National Radio Centre (NRC)  which opened in 2012 has a primary goal to promote amateur radio as an integrated technical hobby and encourage people to become radio amateurs. Its other remit is to help increase awareness of the hobby so that (for example) neighbours might be more informed when a planning application or EMC issue arises. On a broader level, the centre plans to demonstrate that amateur radio can be part of a wider STEM application and that a career in engineering (particularly radio communication engineering) is very worthwhile.

The NRC has been immensely successful. In 2017 it welcomed 23,000 visitors and this increased in 2018 to more than 55,000 visitors. Year to date in 2019 (end of September) the centre has introduced just over 80,000 visitors to see amateur radio in action.

Icom UK has supplied two of its latest SDR radios to the centre in addition to the GB7BP D-STAR repeater that is situated onsite.  The IC-7300 HF/50/70MHz SDR Transceiver  is being used (with TX disabled) for visitors to tune around the amateur bands, giving practical hands-on experience of using a high-grade modern SDR transceiver.  The IC-9700  is the NRC’s flagship VHF/UHF transceiver for 2m / 70cm operation, running CW / SSB / FM simplex and D-STAR digital Amateur radio.

The main benefits of having the latest Icom SDR radios at the centre:
• Ease of use and small physical footprint – nicely accommodated on the radio bench
• Huge range of bands available in just two radios (IC-7300 / IC-9700)
• Ability to demonstrate/run several radios simultaneously when the radio room is busy with different groups of visitors
• The opportunity to run D-STAR repeater QSOs, which previously the NRC was unable to demonstrate to visitors

The addition of these radios also allows the RSGB, through the NRC, to demonstrate many exciting aspects of amateur radio to its visitors and inspire:
• Existing amateurs to try new aspects of the hobby
• Amateurs whose license has lapsed to get active again and back on the bands
• People into the technical hobby by using some of the latest technology available commercially on the amateur market

Martyn Baker (G0GMB), RSGB National Radio Centre Coordinator, said, ‘Both the RSGB, and in particular the NRC, are most appreciative of both the IC-7300 & IC-9700, as, without them, it would be much harder to inspire visitors and potentially recruit new interest in amateur radio.’

To find out more about the National Radio Centre visit .
If you are a member of the RSGB, don’t forget you can get free entry to Bletchley Park and the NRC by downloading a voucher at: .

To find out more about these radios visit the Amateur radio Base Station section of the Icom website.

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Philippines: Ham radio nets activated for Typhoon Kammuri

Wednesday 4th December  2019

IARU-R1 Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator Greg Mossop G0DUB reports information received from Dani YB2TJV about Typhoon Kammuri which is affecting the Philippines.

"Due to Kammuri Typhoone that was close to the Philippine , please be informed to keep clear on 3 (three) frequencies below;
7.110 MHz - as CoA EmComm IARU Region 3, is being used by The Samar-Leyte hams doing Emcomm
7.090 MHz - used in DU3 for traffic concerning the evac of scouts attending the national jamboree in Zambales
7.095 MHz - as HERO Net used nationally by Hams in the Philippines"


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FT Roundup Dec 7-8

Wednesday 4th December  2019

The FT Roundup contest for the FT4 and FT8 digital modes will be held from Saturday, December 7 18:00 UTC to Sunday 8 December 8 23:59 UTC  

Amateurs worldwide contact and exchange QSO information with other amateurs using FT4 or FT8 on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands. Any station may work any other station. Stations may be worked once per band regardless of mode (FT4 or FT8).

FT Roundup Rules

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Impact of VDSL interference on the Amateur Radio Service

Wednesday 4th December  2019

In November Ofcom published the result of technical surveys on the effects of electromagnetic emissions from Openreach cables carrying VDSL services but their conclusion seemed markedly different from the RSGB's

The RSGB report - Determination of impact of VDSL interference on the Amateur Radio Service - is available for download at

The accompanying presentation slides are at

What needs to be done by BT Openreach to reduce RF Interference?
The RSGB say:

• Improve Line Balance where necessary – we have a mechanism in place to request line balance on nearby lines via the EMC Committee but this improves <10% cases
• Clean-up self-installs - difficult for a neighbouring property but Openreach should fit NTE5C with Mk4 faceplate which also improves broadband speeds and increases immunity
• Remove upstream band interference by universally notching 10.1 to 10.15MHz with guard-bands and by increasing the D1 to U1 guard-band to always protect 3.7 to 3.8MHz emergency frequencies
• Selectively notch amateur bands in downstream (particularly 14MHz band) at affected premises
• Reroute the overhead cables so they are further from the amateurs’ antennas when necessary
• Provide FTTP instead of FTTC at problem locations

RSGB meets Ofcom to discuss VDSL issues

Ofcom Report: Spectrum Assurance analysis of BT Openreach VDSL

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DRM tests from Hungary on 26 MHz for one year

Wednesday 4th December  2019

The Budapest University of Technology started a 1-year DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale) test on the 1st of June 2019 and it will run until the end of May 2020.

The transmitted content is a 24-hour program, played out in a loop, compiled by the media partner of the project, Radio Maria.

What is unusual about this test is that it is being carried out on 26.060 MHz with 100 watts into a 5/8 vertical. Reception reports from the Netherlands have already been received.

More info...

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Rare stratospheric clouds sighted in the Arctic

Wednesday 4th December  2019

Around the Arctic Circle, sky watchers are reporting rare clouds nearly as colorful as the Northern Lights.

Floating through the stratosphere, where clouds do not belong, their icy forms are visible even after sunset. These clouds can only form when the Arctic stratosphere is exceedingly cold.

Visit for photos and more information

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Ofcom Election Committee’s decision on The Channel 4 News Climate Debate

Wednesday 4th December  2019

Ofcom’s Election Committee has considered a complaint from the Conservative Party about The Channel 4 News Climate Debate.

Broadcasters have editorial freedom in determining the format of any election debate. Depending on the circumstances, they may choose to proceed without having agreed the participation of a particular political party or politician, providing they take steps to ensure the programme complies with our due impartiality and elections rules.

In this case, the Election Committee concluded that, across the one-hour debate and a subsequent news programme, Channel 4’s use of editorial techniques ensured that the Conservative’s viewpoint on climate and environmental issues was adequately reflected and given due weight.

The Committee also took into account that the globe ice sculpture was not a representation of the Prime Minister personally, and little editorial focus was given to it, either visually or in references made by the presenter or debate participants.

The Committee therefore considered that this programme, including the use of the ice sculpture, did not raise issues warranting further investigation under our due impartiality and elections rules. The Committee’s decision is available in full.

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Youngsters on the Air stations

Wednesday 4th December  2019

YOTA during December:

So far, the following Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) stations have been active:

QSL via ClubLog OQRS.


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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 4th December  2019

Island activities:

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

AN-016; Various, Antarctica: A group of Italian scientists sets out for Concordia station in mid-December. Marco/IK5SQX/DK5SQX and Nicola/IZ7ZNZ are part of the group. Marco begins his journey on Dec. 30 with the new French icebreaker L'Astrolabe, sailing from Hobart (Tasmania) and expects to reach Dumont D'Urville (WAP FRA-01) on January 5.
From there travels on to Cape Prud'Homme (WAP MNB-NEW) and hopes to activate this location as weather condition permit for as long as possible. Afterwards, he continues to Concordia (WAP MNB-03), which Nicola will reach by plane. They plan to get on the air as soon as possible, research work will take precedence though. Marco is due to leave the station during February, while Nicola will stay on for a bit longer. They are expecting the callsign IA0DC and want to concentrate on 20m (SSB).

AS-013; 8Q, Maldive Islands: Fabian/DF3XY will be active as 8Q7XY between the 10th and 23rd on 40 to 10m on SSB and FT8. QSL via DF3XY (d/B).

NA-104; V4, St. Kitts and Nevis: John/W5JON returns to St.Kitts for another stint of operating between Dec. 10 and 19. QRV as V47JA on 160 to 6m on SSB and FT8. QSL via W5JON (d), LoTW.

OC-009; T8, Palau Islands: Nobuaki/JA0JHQ pays the VIP Guest Hotel on Koror Island another visit from Dec. 6 to 8. QRV as T88BP on HF (CW) and 6m (FT8). QSL via JH1OLB (d), LoTW.

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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Radio hams take part in Day of Science 2019

Monday 2nd December  2019

On Sunday, November 24 radio amateurs from across Flanders in Belgium took part in the Day of Science 2019. Some made good use of the RSGB video - Amateur Radio a hobby for the 21st century

A translation of a UBA post reads:

The Flemish government organizes Science Day every year. This year amateurs participated in 5 places: the NBT section was a guest at the MIRA Public Observatory in Grimbergen, HAC at EnergyVille in Genk, MWV and KTK at the Vives Hogeschool in Roeselare, LVN at the KU Leuven and TLS in its own club room.

The NBT (MIRA people's observatory, Grimbergen) reported:

Like every year, our club again took part in the Day of Science in collaboration with the Volks observatory Mira. In total almost 300 visitors came to Grimbergen.

In the workshop "Build your electronic dice", 18 children could gain their first experience with the soldering iron. Some really had a taste for it and came to us right from the workshop of the Leuven section. Everyone went home with a working dice and a big smile.

The giant Tetris caught the attention of young and old. While the little one played the game, more than one parent also went to the back to find out how we made this game. Flickering lights always work!

The station was staffed all day long and contacts were made with both OR and VHF with the OR18NBT call. On the big screen the video of the RSGB played with Dutch subtitles to show all facets of our hobby.

Read all the reports at

The RSGB video Amateur Radio a hobby for the 21st century is available at

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Video of Galileo Sat Nav system talk

Monday 2nd December  2019

Bernhard Isemann OE3BIA / PA3BI gave a talk on the Galileo GNSS constellation at the ÖVSV Amateur Radio Center on Wednesday, November 27

While the slides were in English Bernhard gave the talk in German. Fortunately YouTube makes it understandable, simply Click the CC icon then in Settings (cog icon next to CC) select Auto-translate->English

Watch video at

Austrian national amateur radio society ÖVSV

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Switzerland: OFCOM reject ham radio training callsigns

Monday 2nd December  2019

Switzerland's national amateur radio society, the USKA, has released the minutes of the Board meeting held on November 18

While the full meeting minutes are only available to USKA members the highlights note the results of a meeting with the communications regulator OFCOM:

- WSPR and FT8 modes cannot be run unattended
- The request to allow special training call signs, as used in Germany, to give people on-air experience was rejected

The USKA will be further processing a proposal for a new training regulations.

Source USKA

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One letter ham radio call sign suffixes in Spain

Monday 2nd December  2019

Spain's URE reports that after a long struggle the issuing of single letter suffix amateur radio call signs is finally possible

A translation of the URE post dated November 29 reads:

In 2013 the URE succeeded in getting included in regulations the possible allocation of one-letter suffix call signs, and after more than five years fighting with the Administration with the presentation of numerous preliminary projects for the development and application of these regulations, we are now seeing the end of the procedure.

In accordance with the provisions of article 27.3 of the Regulation of use of the radioelectric public domain by radio amateurs, approved by Order IET / 1311/2013, of July 9 , through Resolution of July 12, 2019, of the Secretariat of Status for Digital Advance, the administrative procedure was established.

On the website of the Ministry of Economy and Business, the Resolution of the General Directorate of Telecommunications and Information Technologies has been published today, approving the provisional list of applicants admitted, excluded and requiring correction of the documentation provided , in relation to the administrative procedure for the assignment of call signs of amateur radio with suffix of a letter, established by Resolution of the Secretary of State for Digital Advance, of July 12, 2019.

Access to it can be done through the Radio Amateur file of the Ministry's electronic headquarters, click here in the Regulations section

"Resolution of the General Directorate of Telecommunications and Information Technologies, Approving the provisional list of admitted, excluded and that require correction of the documentation provided, in relation to the administrative procedure for the assignment of amateur radio call signs with a letter suffix."

The deadline to provide the documents or claims that in each case is appropriate is ten business days, counted from the following to the publication of the Resolution , exclusively electronically through this link heading Remedy of the application, of the electronic headquarters of the Ministry of Economy and Business

Source URE

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UK Beginners licence and M17 DMR in KB6NU blog

Monday 2nd December  2019

Dan Romanchik KB6NU is well known from his appearances on the amateur radio ICQ Podcast. In his blog he looks at the proposal by the RSGB VHF Manager to introduce a Beginners license in the UK

Dan notes that basically, what John G4SWX is proposing is a low-power VHF/UHF (144/430 MHz) license. See the UK Beginners license blog post at

Dan also looks at the M17 DMR project started by Wojciech Kaczmarski SP5WWP which is a community-driven, truly open, free to use digital radio system. It’s a DMR alternative, if you will. All schematics and source code is available for free on github, see

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Philippines: Amnesty for unregistered ham radio rigs

Monday 2nd December  2019

Philippines communications regulator NTC has announced an amnesty for those who haven't registered their Amateur Radio equipment

They have until December 23 to register and pay the fees which are:

A. VHF and UHF Equipment
- Portable     500 Php
- Mobile/Base  700 Php
- Repeater    1000 Php

B. HF Radio Equipment 1200 Php

Read the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA) post at

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Becoming an Approved Radio Engineer or Approved Radio Certifier in New Zealand

Monday 2nd December  2019

Read about the criteria to become an Approved Person

In 2020 RSM (NZ's regulator) will offer workshops to assist competent persons in the radio communications industry to become an Approved Radio Engineer (ARE) or Approved Radio Certifier (ARC).

Read more about the workshops

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 2nd December  2019

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 24th November, through Sunday, 1st December there were 225 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T30, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TU,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9C, VK9L, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

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


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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 2nd December  2019

Island activities:

NA-249. (Update) Members of the Radio Operadores del Este (RODE) will be active as KP3RE from Culebra Island between February 21-23rd, 2020. Operators mentioned are Rafael/KP4RV, Felix/KP4RD, Daniel/
KP3H, Carlos/WP4U, Carlos/WP4N, Jose/KP4VP, Luis/NP3V, Jose/WP4PBS, Rafael/KP3S, Jose/NP3OT and Emmanuel/NP4D. QSL via EA5GL.

SA-034. Jon, EA1VE, will be active as HC2/EA1VE from Puna Island, Ecuador, during sometime in January 2020. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.

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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Falkland Islands gain access to 4-metre band

Sunday 1st December  2019

Dave, EI3IO, reports that the Falkland Islands Telecoms Regulatory Body has granted access for radio amateurs to the 4-metre band from 70.000 MHz to 70.500 MHz using a maximum power of 1 kW on a secondary basis since 15 November 2019.

The Falkland Islands (VP8) is now one of the few countries in the southern hemisphere with access to this unique VHF band.

More info...

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The 5 and 10 MHZ WAZs and WAGs weekend

Sunday 1st December  2019

Most South African radio amateurs will spend time on 80 and 40 meters looking for contacts for their Worked All ZS and Worked All Grid Squares awards.

But there are radio amateurs who like a challenge and therefore over the weekend of 7 and 8 December 2019 you can participate in the 5 and 10 MHz WAZS and WAGS Challenge.

This is NOT a contest! It is an opportunity to get the necessary QSOs for your WAZS and WAGS on the 60- and 30-meter bands and an opportunity to collect information about the propagation on these two bands.

The challenge runs from 00:00 CAT on Saturday 7 December to 23:59 CAT on Sunday 8 December. Please note that SSB activity on 30 meters is only during local daylight hours, CW and digitals modes are 24/7.

For the propagation study, please send a copy of your log to And if you have the required QSOs, apply for your Worked All ZS and Worked all Grid Squares on 60 and 30 meters.

South African Radio League

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CQ-DATV free Magazine

Sunday 1st December  2019

CQ­DATV 78 our free magazine is ready for you to download from

If you have not seen CQ-DATV before, all the past issues are available for free download at

These are all available as a PDF downloads or various e-book formats

In this issue:-
Trevor has written part 11 of the GVG panel developments and the software now has the ability to provide pre­set and take functions.

It’s also interesting to note that a pair of GVG panels appeared on e-bay and changed hands for £88. One was complete with a case the other panel was sadly not.

If you are the new owner, drop the editor a line as we would like to keep track of these panels.

Jim Andrews, KH6HTV is looking at a 1980’s Frequency West microwave oscillators that often turns up on e­bay and hamfests (something to look out for).

Mario Badua, Jr KD6ILO takes us into the word of Video Conferencing and Amateur Television.

Jim Andrews, KH6HTV & Dave Pelaez, AH2AR are evaluating the Hi­Des, Model BR­101EH, DVB­T Repeater. This is a complete self­contained DVB­T repeater built into a USB dongle

Trevor has come up with some revised links and notes for anyone planning to make a Christmas video

John Gebuhr ­ WB0CMC has been taking us through a 250 watt 70cm PA that he built

One from the Vault looks back at CQ­DATV 40 with Mike Stevens G7GTN’s overview of the Great Cow Basic Compiler.

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Young radio hams in St Vincent

Sunday 1st December  2019

Two pre-teens are youngest in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) to pass Technician Class amateur radio test

Searchlight reports:

Nine-year-old Ciandra Scarborough and 10-year-old Jhawanie Laidlow created history in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) by being the youngest persons to pass the Technician Class amateur (HAM) radio test; they were among 13 other persons who completed a one week course organized by the Rainbow Radio League Inc. and part sponsored by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC).

The course of studies which was conducted at the headquarters of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), covered several areas including radio wave propagation, antenna theory and construction, amateur radio protocol and frequency allocations for radio amateurs among other topics. Also included in the training was a mini simulation involving emergency message handling.

According to course director Donald De Riggs J88CD, Amateur Radio is both a hobby and a service, but his emphasis was on the service aspect as we need radio operators from communities all around SVG, to enable response agencies to respond in a timely and effective manner whenever there is a disaster. He emphasized that as a service “we don’t see politics, we don’t see religion, all we see is needs, and address those needs, irrespective of religious or political affiliation”

Read the full story at

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EURAO Newsletter December 2019

Sunday 1st December  2019

In this issue you will find:

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

EURAO Newsletter December 2019

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Amateur Radio and the spirit of Christmas

Saturday 30th November  2019

Hello, I’m Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I’ve been thinking.

It seems that whilst the sun spots are playing hide and seek, the Sporadic E layer propagation has been giving some thrills and along with the weather pattern bringing coastal breezes with higher temperatures some activity at 2m and above has been recorded. There are reasons to be excited about radio waves with some of the digital modes providing good DX, as well.

The calendar is at that time of the year when parties and barbecues are the functions of choice, as if the whole community gets to close down for the festive season. The retailers have been promoting tinsel and trash for a few weeks in the hope of reviving falling sales before the after Christmas and New Year mark downs. For those lucky enough not to have suffered from the drought or the fires, it is time to select your food of choice and celebrate time with good company.

No doubt all the preparations have been made and the surprises will come out on Christmas morning and after the toasting there is the leftovers and then Hogmanay or New Year to be seen in. So do you have a list of resolutions for the New Year or are you one who prefers to wing it?

Now I have been speaking about the partying that this part of the year brings and I must ask the obvious. Is your club get together a family affair, is it a function that you are happy to have your children attend? We often wonder why our hobby has issues recruiting new members so we really must think on what our meetings are like and what our functions are like too. The office party might be fine with that a case of prawns and plenty of liquid but this is not something that the rest of the family gets to attend. The family get together is supposed to engage all the members from the youngest to the oldest with often the claim that Christmas is really for the children.

With long breaks from study, often young people are looking for activities before returning to learning. Can our radio club provide anything to entice them through the doors? When we have recently licenced members, do we offer them the chance to learn some of the skills that make radio more engaging? Reading about things is one thing but being able to prepare coax and fit a plug, tin a soldering iron and mount components and maybe do some kit building are all things that can be done in the shade and out of the summer heat.

Maybe running the club station for people to come and experience operating on bands they can’t access from home and building antennas to show that we don’t need to buy all our items ready made would help some people. Having a hidden transmitter hunt and sausage sizzle or even, if you have the fit people to guide it introduce some radio sport with the thrills of orienteering with radio. There are many things to offer and it might be just a case of asking and then thinking beyond what was always done.

So what can we do to bring more amateur radio to the spirit of Christmas?

I’m Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP

Wireless Institute of Australia

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Sweden: 2.3 and 3.4 GHz  (Sign of the Times ?)

Saturday 30th November  2019

Amateurs in Sweden had been able to apply for Temporary Permits to allow operation in 13cm band (2320-2321 MHz) and 9cm band (3.4 GHz), no more permits will be issued from Jan 1, 2020

The communications regulator, the PTS, announced the change on November 15.

It follows the allocation of these frequency ranges to 5G services.

Swedish amateurs are permitted by their regulations to run a maximum of 100 milliwatts output in the 2400-2450 MHz band. Lars SM4IVE says Temporary Permits to allow 1 watt output in this band will still be available, in his words, "if you live alone no neighbours".

The PTS announcement in Google English can be seen at

A post by Lars SM4IVE on the Moon-Net reflector is at

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Hacking Transmitters, 1920s Style

Saturday 30th November  2019

Hackaday reports on Andy Flowers K0SM who recently recreated some early transmitters using the same resources and techniques from the 1920s for the Bruce Kelley 1929 QSO Party

Apart from vacuum tubes (which could be purchased) and meters (which could be scrounged from automobiles) Flowers recreated his own ferrite plate and outlet condensers for tuning the antennas. The spiderweb coils may not be as common today, but can be found in older Crosley receivers and use less wire than comparable cylindrical coils.

Read the story and watch the video at

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Ofcom: Spectrum Assurance analysis of BT Openreach VDSL

Friday 29th November  2019

BT Openreach VDSL has caused pollution of the RF spectrum ruining many peoples enjoyment of radio. A new report by Ofcom has just been released

For the 2017 report Ofcom Spectrum Engineering Officers carried out surveys at three locations, where RSGB members had experienced problems associated with VDSL deployment and where BT Openreach had previously visited.

Ofcom has now issued an update following further technical surveys focusing on the effects of electromagnetic emissions from Openreach cables carrying VDSL (Very high bit rate Digital Subscriber Line) services. This survey was commissioned to assess the efficacy of corrective measures achieved by Openreach intended to ameliorate any impact on radio reception.

The RSGB nominated six affected stations operated by their members for the purpose of this survey. Representatives from their EMC Committee acted as observers.

Download the 2017 report and the November 2019 update from

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Ofcom statement on Peace TV Urdu

Friday 29th November  2019

Ofcom issued a draft notice to suspend the broadcasting licence of Club TV Limited, after its channel Peace TV Urdu repeatedly rebroadcast material that we had previously found incited murder.

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

On 18 November 2019, having received Ofcom’s draft suspension notice, Club TV surrendered its licence.

Its sister company Lord Production Inc Limited, which held the licence to broadcast the English language Peace TV service, also surrendered its licence at the same time. The Peace TV and Peace TV Urdu services are no longer broadcasting.

We have today published a finding that Club TV’s repeated breaches were very serious.

Any person who wishes to hold a broadcast licence must be fit and proper to hold it. Ofcom has a duty to be satisfied of that, and broadcasts which incite murder are clearly relevant to that duty.

If these broadcasters, or those controlling them, were to apply for a broadcast licence in the future, Ofcom’s commencement of this suspension process, our decision today and the full compliance history of the former licensees would be major factors.

A full finding with further detail is available

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The Space Weather Woman

Friday 29th November  2019

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov

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Cyprus special event update

Friday 29th November  2019

Alan, 5B4AHJ, reports that the following message was issued to members of the Cyprus Amateur Radio Society by CARS President, Nestoras Jacovides, 5B4AHZ.

Please publicize. Thank you: "Dear Members... 2020 is an important year for the Republic of Cyprus which completes 60 years since its establishment. Therefore, a request to the Department of Electronic Communications has been made requesting that we are granted the special 5B60 prefix for use throughout 2020, to help spread this important event by informing several thousand radio amateurs worldwide.

I am pleased to inform you that our request has been approved.
Specifically, all CARS members will be able to use the 5B60 prefix (instead of 5B) if they wish, starting from 1 Jan 2020 @ 00:00 until 31/12/2020 @ 23:59."


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UK Practical Assessments Requirements document

Thursday 28th November  2019

The RSGB has released the document - Requirements for the Practical Assessments for the Amateur Radio examinations

This document covers Candidate Practical Achievement Records (CPAR) for both Foundation and Intermediate examination levels. The PDF, updated November 6, 2019, is at
assessments _for_the_

The RSGB Exam Specifications – Syllabus 2019 is at

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Amateur radio operators provide assistance to police

Thursday 28th November  2019

When Blaine’s annual Christmas tree lighting takes place on Saturday, December 7, a team of amateur radio operators will be working quietly in the background, assisting the Blaine Police Department

The Northern Light reports:

Equipped with portable radios, the volunteers will direct traffic, maintain a presence at closed intersections, monitor crowds and alert police officers to any medical problems or injuries.

This team of radio operators, known as the Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS), consists of 26 volunteers who are trained in the use of amateur or “ham” radios. They have licenses from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate ham radios at certain bandwidths or frequencies. The FCC issues different classes of licenses, and there is a test for each class.

Managed by the Blaine Police Department, ACS volunteers provide volunteer assistance during major Blaine events such as the Fourth of July, the Christmas tree lighting and the Ragnar Relay long distance race. But their real goal is to be able to communicate with the outside world in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

“We are providing volunteer manpower to the Blaine Police Department,” said Blaine city councilmember and ACS member Mary Lou Steward (call sign KG6BMQ). “But our real goal is that in an emergency, when everything is overwhelmed, we will be able to communicate with the state and with everybody else. Cell phones and everything else will be down in a disaster. So our ham radios will work and allow us to communicate with the outside world.”

Read the full story at

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ISWL callsigns for December 2019

Thursday 28th November  2019

The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of December 2019:

GX4BJC/A - Operated /A, Operated from Great Sutton, in Cheshire, by Geof, M0BAU. (WAB Square - SJ37 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).

MX1SWL/A - Operated /A, from Walton on the Naze, in Essex, by Herbie, G6XOU. (WAB Square - TM22 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).

ALL QSLs will be handled by Dick, M5DIK - The QSL Manager and NOT the individual operator.

The I.S.W.L. is a member of the European PSK Club. All QSL info is on :- or or or via


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Norfolk Island operation

Thursday 28th November  2019

Janusz, SP9FIH, will be active as VK9NK from Norfolk Island (OC-005) between January 12th and April 12th.

He states, "It is my tribute to Jim Smith, VK9NS, who lived and operated from there for years. According to last internet poll VK9N is 85th most wanted entity."

Activity will be on 160-10 meters using SSB, RTTY and FT8.
Suggested frequencies are:
SSB - 7095, 14195, 18140, 21195, 24940 and 28420 kHz
RTTY - 1845, 3569, 7045, 10145, 14095, 18095, 21095, 24920 and 28095 kHz
FT8 (F/H) - 1845 (1908 JA), 3569, 7045, 10145, 14095, 18095, 21095,
24920 and 28095 kHz

Equipment will be an IC-7200 and Expert 1.3K-FA into a Spiderbeam and verticals. QSL via SP9FIH or ClubLog's OQRS.

His Web page is now online with a needs band/mode survey at:


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HamSCI founder wins $1.3 million grant

Thursday 28th November  2019

Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, now a University of Scranton physics and electrical engineering professor, has won a $1.3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study weather effects in the ionosphere by leveraging a network of amateur radio stations.

Frissell is perhaps best known within our amateur radio community as the founder of HamSCI, the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation initiative.

The Distributed Arrays of Small Instruments (DASI) project will be implemented over 3 years. As principal investigator, Frissell — a space physicist — will head a collaborative team that will develop ground-based space science observation instruments and software.

His research effort will recruit multiple universities and radio amateurs to operate a network of personal space weather stations


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NASA to broadcast next space station resupply launch

Thursday 28th November  2019

NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting 12:51 p.m. EST Wednesday, Dec. 4, for the launch of its 19th resupply mission to the International Space Station under contract with the agency. Live coverage will begin on NASA Television and the agency’s website Tuesday, Dec. 3, with prelaunch events.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida  at 6:01 p.m.
EDT on July 25, 2019, carrying the Dragon spacecraft on the company's 18th Commercial Resupply Services mission
 to the International Space Station.  Credits: NASA/Tony Gray & Kenny Allen

The Dragon spacecraft, which will launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, will be filled with supplies and payloads, including critical materials to directly support dozens of the more than 250 science investigations and technology demonstrations that will occur during Expeditions 61 and 62.

About 10 minutes after launch, Dragon will reach its preliminary orbit. It will then deploy its solar arrays and begin a carefully choreographed series of thruster firings to reach the space station. When it arrives at the station Dec. 7, Expedition 61 Commander Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) will grapple Dragon with NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan acting as a backup. NASA’s Jessica Meir will assist the duo by monitoring telemetry during Dragon’s approach. The station crew will monitor Dragon vehicle functions during rendezvous. After Dragon’s capture, mission control in Houston will send commands for the station’s arm to rotate and install it on the bottom of the station’s Harmony Earth-facing port.  

Full mission coverage is as follows (all times Eastern):

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Saturday, Dec. 7

Dragon will remain at the space station until Jan. 4, when the spacecraft will return to Earth with research and return cargo.

The deadline for media to apply for accreditation for this launch has passed, but general information about media accreditation is available by emailing

For the latest schedule of prelaunch briefings, events and NASA TV coverage, visit:

Learn more about the SpaceX resupply mission at:

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ARRL to oppose proposal to eliminate 3.3 – 3.5 GHz amateur allocation

Wednesday 27th November  2019

At its December 12 open meeting, the FCC will consider adopting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to remove the amateur radio 9-centimeter allocation at 3.3 – 3.5 GHz

ARRL says:
The NPRM proposes to clear the 3.3 – 3.55 GHz band of existing non-federal users by removing non-federal secondary radiolocation and amateur allocations [emphasis added] in the 3.3 – 3.55 GHz band and to relocate incumbent non-federal users out of the band. The FCC would seek comment on relocation options and “transition mechanisms” for incumbent non-federal users, either to the 3.1 – 3.3 GHz band or to other frequencies, and on how to ensure that non-federal secondary operations in the 3.1 – 3.3 GHz band will continue to protect federal radar systems.

Also at its December 12 meeting, the FCC will consider another NPRM in WT Docket 19-138 that would “take a fresh and comprehensive look” at the rules for the 5.9 GHz band and propose, among other things, to make the lower 45 MHz of the band available for unlicensed operations and to permit “Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything” (C-V2X) operations in the upper 20 MHz of the band. The FCC is not proposing to delete or otherwise amend the amateur allocation, and it would continue as a secondary allocation, but the primary allocation for 5.850 – 5.925 GHz would change.

The amateur radio 5-centimeter allocation is 5650.0 – 5925.0 MHz, and the NPRM, if approved, would address the top 75 MHz of that amateur secondary band. While no changes are proposed to the amateur allocation, anticipated more intensive use by primary users could restrict secondary amateur use.

Read the full ARRL story at

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Five megs for the Falklands

Wednesday 27th November  2019

Major changes to the Falklands Islands Communications Laws have been announced by the Falklands Islands Communications Regulator.

They were published in the official Falklands Islands Gazette on 11 November 2019 and came into force on 15 November 2019

One of these has resulted in the new WRC-15 60m Secondary Allocation becoming available to Falklands Radio Amateurs. The allocation 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz, with a maximum power of 25W EIRP has been granted for Amateur Radio operations in the islands (see p.6).

Falklands Islands Communications Regulator website

Paul Gaskell, G4MWO
The 5 MHz Newsletter

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Intermediate Exam and/or Assessment opportunity in London E4 in December

Wednesday 27th November  2019

Loughton and Epping Forest Amateur Radio Society ( LEFARS ) will be running a one-day Intermediate Practical Assessment Course (2019 Syllabus) only followed by an optional IL Exam on Saturday 14th of December at the alternative LEFARS exam centre in Chingford, London E4 (Overground nearby). Two places are still available. All enquiries to David M0VID on 07850 120180 or email

This is an opportunity to re-sit the IL exam or fulfil the assessments only for further study if not ready to take the IL exam in December. The assessment lasts for 12 months

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Recollections of early ham radio in Poland requested

Wednesday 27th November  2019

In 2020, the Polish Amateur Radio Union PZK celebrates its 90th anniversary. To celebrate this anniversary, the SP Old Timers Club announces a competition for memories of amateur radio

Therefore, we ask colleagues to send memoirs in two thematic categories:
The first (A) concerns personal experiences and achievements as well as interesting events and adventures from amateur radio life.
The second (B) is associated with clubs, environments and work to develop amateur radio.

Please send your work in the form of "Word" files with a thematic category (A, B) to: spotc <at> by 30.09.2020. The most interesting works will be awarded and published on the SP OTC website. Depending on the number of submitted works, a book publication is also considered.

Management Board of SP Old Timers Club: Grzegorz SP3CSD, Mieczysław SP3CMX, Jerzy SP3SLU.

Source PZK

SP Old Timers Club in Google English

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 27th November  2019

Island activities:

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

AS-015; 9M2, Pinang State group:
Rich/PA0RRS will be back on the air as 9M2MRS from Penang Island/West Malaysia between Dec. 3 and the 27th of February next year. QRV on CW and digital modes. QSL via ClubLog OQRS, LoTW, eQSL, PA0RRS (B).

NA-002: VP5, Caicos Islands:
Gerald/WA2TTI operates holiday-style from Turtle Cove (WW Loc FL31vs) on Providenciales Island (WLOTA 2003) as VP5/homecall between Dec. 2 and 7. QSL only via WA2TTI (d), LoTW.

OC-142; VK4, Queensland State (South Coast) Centre group:
Steve/VK2IAY will be signing VK2IAY/4 from Heron Island between tne 2nd and 9th of December on 14260 kHz, maybe also on other bands.
QSL via G0UIH (d/B).

SA-010; PY0T, Trinidade Island and Martin Vaz Islands:
Fernando/PY1FR announces an activation of Trindade and Martin Vaz for December. He has received permission to bring radio gear to the island.

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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NASA Radar tests - radio hams asked to help

Tuesday 26th November  2019

Radio amateurs have been asked to listen out for any emissions in the 50-54 MHz band from the 48 MHz Tropospheric Doppler Radar Wind Profiler (TDRWP) at the NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC)

The tests on an improved waveform are taking place from Monday, November 25 through Sunday, December 2

The ARRL says:

The purpose of the test is to improve the instrument’s resolution and still operate within the assigned bandwidth.

The TDRWP is used to assess and evaluate upper-level winds for launches from KSC and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. NASA is requesting the amateur radio community to report any detected emissions in the 50 – 54 MHz band during that period. Include the date, time, location, frequency, and any other pertinent information (such as IQ files of the signal for evaluation) that might assist NASA in assessing potential impacts to the amateur radio community.

Source ARRL

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First 134 and 241 GHz QSO in Austria!

Tuesday 26th November  2019

GHz-Europe reports on November 8, Rudi OE5VRL and Gerald OE2IGL made the first-ever 134 and 241 GHz contacts in Austria

The contacts were over a distance of 53 metres but it's thought they can probably reach 8-10 km with this equipment.

Read the GHz-Europe story at

Follow GHz-Europe

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Germany's DARC faces an aging membership

Tuesday 26th November  2019

The USKA say aging of the membership of Germany's amateur radio society DARC is well advanced and threatens to reduce the number of members significantly within a few years

Switzerland's national amateur radio society USKA attended the DARC workshop on Youth Work & Training held in Baunatal, Germany on November 8-9.

A translation of their report reads:

At the workshop of the Department of Education, Youth Work & Continuing Education in Baunatal, the DARC Unit AJW invited the USKA to participate alongside its own experts this year.

Present at the two-day event on November 8-9, 2019 were 15 AJW officers of the DARC and Willi HB9AMC as the official representative of the training coordination of the USKA.

It was extremely interesting for the USKA to find out how education and youth promotion works in the DARC and to get to know the exponents in person.

Similar to the USKA, the aging of the membership is well advanced and threatens to reduce the number of members significantly within a few years as they pass away.

From the total DARC membership of 34,000:
Age 18-24: 522
Age 25-27: 254
Age 28-30: 307

In Germany, too, new prospective amateurs do not recognize any added value if they go to a local club and the discussions then revolve around hip joint operations.

Download the full USKA report on the DARC meeting

USKA held a meeting on the youth crisis in amateur radio on October 19, read the report at

USKA in Google English

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Radio amateur's half century on the air

Tuesday 26th November  2019

The Shropshire Star reports on a 'Ham radio' enthusiast who celebrated 50 years on the airwaves by taking part in an international competition at the weekend

The newspaper says:

Amateur radio operator Ron Stone – radio callsign GW3YDX – operates from Four Crosses near Oswestry, just over the Shropshire/Welsh border.

He is a regular competitor in international ham radio competitions, having achieved several World and European score records using Morse code and set a world record last year.

Although Morse was used commercially for over 100 years it has now been superseded by satellite systems using voice and data transmissions. However, Ron said that amongst the world's three million ham radio enthusiasts, 80,000 of those in the UK, a good proportion of them still use Morse code to chat to each other and also in competitions.

He said that the competitions were often quite gruelling events with his favourite contest,the “CQ Worldwide International DX Contest” that took place Saturday and Sunday [Nov 23-24], lasting 48 hours.

Read the full story at

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Proposed changes to quality of service regulation of Openreach

Tuesday 26th November  2019

To help broadband companies upgrade customers to faster broadband products more efficiently, Ofcom has today proposed changes to certain regulations requiring Openreach to install new broadband connections within a set timeframe.

Providers that use Openreach’s network want a more efficient and cost-effective way to upgrade their customers who are on slower copper broadband to higher-speed services. So Openreach has worked with providers to develop a new process for upgrades to be made in bulk batches at a street cabinet, reducing the cost per customer.

Under this process, Openreach would wait for a sufficient volume of upgrades from a provider at a given cabinet before making those upgrades.

Given the potential benefits to broadband customers of using this new bulk upgrade process, we are proposing to exempt these types of orders from certain rules which require them to be installed within a set timeframe.

Today’s consultation closes on 23 December. Subject to responses, we expect to finalise this change early in the new year.

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VHF-UHF FT8 activity

Tuesday 26th November  2019

The QSO BANAT Association YO2KQT is happy to announce an open contest to promote FT8 activity on the 144 and 430 MHz amateur radio bands

VHF - UHF FT8 Activity is an “OPEN” contest, for promoting FT8 activity on the 2m and 70 cm bands. All radio amateurs with a valid license are welcome to participate.

An increased activity will provide the possibility of working new DXCC or squares, also can make use of short-lived propagation or even detect great openings which otherwise can go unnoticed.

We propose 2 hours of activity each month, in middle of week, in order to let the weekends free for big contests and family activities.

We need your help to choose the best day for this type of activity. The poll will be open until December 12, 2019.

Please VOTE here:

VHF-UHF FT8 Activity

Thank you, 73! YO2KQT Team

You can download the WSJT FT8 software from

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CubeSat satellite talks now online

Tuesday 26th November  2019

Videos of the talks given at the Open Source Cubesat Workshop 2019 held in Athens Conservatoire, Greece are now available on YouTube

The third edition of the workshop took place October 14-15 and was hosted by Libre Space Foundation.  

The playlist is at

Open Source Cubesat Workshop 2019

Libre Space Foundation

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Short-term restricted service licences - application window opens for 2020 period of high demand

Tuesday 26th November  2019

Ofcom has opened an application window for Short-term restricted service licence applicants hoping to broadcast on any dates between Monday 20 April 2020 and Tuesday 26 May 2020 inclusive.

We expect to receive a large number of applications because Ramadan falls within this period.

The application window will remain open until 5pm on Friday 6 December 2019.

Applicants should ensure they are familiar with the application criteria and must use the current version of the application form.

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FCC seeks to clear radio amateurs out of 3.4 GHz

Monday 25th November  2019

An FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposes to remove the existing non-federal allocations in the 3.3-3.55 GHz band

The FCC say:
By taking the initial step needed to clear the band of allocations for non-federal incumbents, the Commission furthers its continued efforts to make more mid-band spectrum potentially available to support next generation wireless networks—consistent with the mandate of the MOBILE NOW Act.  

What the NPRM Would Do:

• Propose to clear the 3.3-3.55 GHz band of existing non-federal users by removing the non-federal secondary radiolocation and amateur allocations in the 3.3-3.55 GHz band;
• Propose to relocate incumbent non-federal users out of the band;
• Seek comment on relocation options and transition mechanisms for incumbent non-federal users, either to the 3.1-3.3 GHz band or to other frequencies;  
• Seek comment on how to ensure that non-federal secondary operations in the 3.1-3.3 GHz band will continue to protect federal radar systems; and
• Prepare the band for possible future shared use between commercial wireless services and federal incumbents, potentially making as much as 250 megahertz of spectrum available for flexible use, including 5G.

Regarding the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Service allocation they say:

12. With respect to amateur operations, is there sufficient existing amateur spectrum in other bands that can support the operations currently conducted in the 3.3-3.5 GHz band?  We note that the 3.40-3.41 GHz segment is designated for communications to and from amateur satellites.  We seek comment on: the extent to which the band is used for this purpose, whether existing satellites can operate on other amateur satellite bands, and on an appropriate timeframe for terminating these operations in this band.

Facilitating Shared Use in the 3.1-3.55 GHz Band
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - WT Docket No. 19-348

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Establishes WT Docket NO. 19-348

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More countries in Europe, Africa & the Middle East gain access to 50 MHz

Monday 25th November  2019

The IRTS report that in the past week, the World Radio Communication Conference WRC-19 has just approved an allocation in the 50 MHz band for radio amateurs in Region 1 which includes Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Before WRC-19 there were only 11 countries in Africa with a primary allocation in the band. When the final acts take effect, there will be 44 countries in Region 1 with a primary allocation of at least 500 kHz including 26 countries with a primary allocation of the entire band 50-54 MHz.
The entire region will have an amateur secondary allocation of 50-52 MHz except in the Russian Federation, whose administration opted for only 50.080-50.280 MHz on a secondary basis.

Dave Court, EI3IO, led the IARU effort on the agenda item at the conference which engaged all six regional telecommunications organisations.

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Russian WW MultiMode 2019, 30 November - 1 December

Monday 25th November  2019

Dear Fellow Radio Amateurs,

The Russian Digital Radio Club has the honour to invite the radio amateurs all over the world to:
6th Russian WW MultiMode Contest 2019 - BPSK63, CW, RTTY, SSB - 12.00 UTC on Saturday 30 November till 11:59 UTC on Sunday 1 December, 2019


Certificates RUS-WW-MM 2019 to all participants (except for CheckLog) under condition of carrying out not less than 30 CFM QSO.

All certificates for contests and days of activity, since 2019, are loading on site

You should send your log upload via the Web interface
or by email to rusww(at) ... (at) = @ ...

All logs must be sent no later than 5 days after the contest.

73! - Russian Digital Radio Club

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ICQPodcast - Bob Allison WB1GCM

Monday 25th November  2019

In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Frank Howell K4FMH, Ed Durrant DD5LP and Bill Barnes N3JIX to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is Bob Allison WB1GCM

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

News stories include: -

• IARU Region 1 - Alcohol Ban at YOTA events
• Ham Radio Reaching 'an Inflection Point'
• W1AW Commemorate Ham Radio Spanning Atlantic
• UK University Amateur Radio
• YOTA Summer Camp in the Americas
• 60m Band a Step Closer in France
• Five Train the Trainers Courses for 2020
• ARRL Self-Guided Emergency Communication Course EC-001-S is Now Available On-Demand

The ICQPodcast can be downloaded from

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Limerick Clare Amateur Radio Club

Monday 25th November  2019

The LCARC new call sign EI4LCR was aired on Saturday 16th and Thursday 21st of November from the Shannon Aviation Museum, Shannon.

Ten club members attended on Saturday and four on Thursday.
Bands used were 40, 20 and 17 metres on CW and SSB.
Altogether eight entities were worked which included Brendan EI0CZ working K1JD in Nevada using CW on 17 metres with 100W at 15:16 on Saturday and Dermot EI2GT worked Egypt on 20M SSB.

Shannon Aviation Museum has allowed the Club to set up a club station, in a section of the Museum, using the Club ICOM 756 and Kenwood 940S. Currently, the antenna is a G5RV orientated North South. Plans are to build and to experiment with various HF antennas over the coming months.
It is also planned to operate on the VHF and UHF bands.


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Closing down old FUNcube data servers

Monday 25th November  2019

The server addresses and are no longer operational.

If you have FUNcube Dashboard(s) using the URL, please change it to as forwarding will no longer take place.

All data from was transferred to the new server some time ago.

Dave, G4DPZ


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Upgrading of LA8W contest station

Sunday 24th November  2019

The NRRL report on a major upgrade to the amateur radio contest station LA8W located in Rakkestad, Norway

LA8W in Rakkestad is upgrading. In recent years a new shack has been built with space for 6 stations suitable for participation in the multi operator multi transmitter class in the major contests, and 4 masts with rotary monoband antennas for the four highest bands have been set up previously.

Now the next step is completed as two rotating 56 meter high masts have emerged. One mast is equipped with a 3 element 80m beam, a two-stack with 4 element 40m beamer and a tri-stack with 16 element beams for 20m, 15m and 10m. The second mast is equipped with a two-stack with 4 element 40m beamer and a tri-stack with 21 element trippers for 20m, 15m and 10m. The masts are from Finland and the antennas are of German make.

Triplexers and bandpass filters are also available, so that three stations simultaneously, one at 20m, one at 15m and one at 10m, can run simultaneously on the tri-band stacks. This is not uncommon at the big multi-op contest stations abroad, but may not have been done in Norway before. It is exciting to see that it is actually okay to run three bands simultaneously on the same antenna with the new FLEX-6600 purchased for the LA8W.

Read the full NRRL story at

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Proposed FCC auction of C-Band increases competition for allocations

Sunday 24th November  2019

In an IARU News Release by Dave Sumner, K1ZZ and posted by Rick Lindquist, WW1ME on November 18 via the list he reports that the Plenary session to approve texts to be included in the Final Acts was scheduled to end at noon Thursday, November 21 and delegates at WRC-19 faced a daunting workload as the conferees try to reach consensus on several remaining issues including the agenda for the next WRC.

Small Satellites which are increasingly commercial have been granted access to the space operations bands at 137/149MHz away from amateur allocations.

The amateur secondary allocation at 5725-5850 MHz, which includes an amateur-satellite C-band downlink at 5830-5850 MHz, is the subject of an unresolved conflict over parameters for wireless access systems including radio local area networks. 5 GHz Wi-Fi will see most expansion below amateur radio in the 5150-5250 band reducing it impact on our 5725-5850 range.

An article published by CNBC, also on November 18, a news item by Michael Sheetz, "Satellite stock Intelsat drops 40% after FCC 5G decision", discusses increasing pressure in the United States due to a proposed public auction of 280 megahertz of the C-band spectrum. This article can be accessed in entirety at:

Sheetz reports that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a tweet that his agency “must free up significant spectrum” for 5G telecommunications.
The FCC said it expects to begin a public auction of C-band to happen before the end of 2020, a blow to satellite operators using the valuable spectrum.

The FCC Chairman's tweet on the subject can be accessed at:

Four commercial satellite operators, including Intelsat, provide C-band services in the U.S. to about 120 million households. The

FCC wants to repurpose the C-band spectrum for 5G and an auction is expected to raise tens of billions of dollars. But a public auction would see the proceeds go to the government. The commercial C-band satellite operators have organized as the 'C-Band Alliance' to oppose a public auction of these frequencies. The C-Band Alliance has been pushing for a private auction. The group has given a proposal to the FCC where the satellite operators would keep some of the proceeds while paying taxes on the sale, as well as contributing at least $8 billion to the U.S. Treasury and possible helping fund a rural 5G network.

Thanks to Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, Rick Lindquist, WW1ME, the IARU and
CNBC for the above information


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Sunday 24th November  2019

After an epic move a few months ago, M0HFC 'HFDXARC' is now open for visitors. To celebrate this we are having an Open Day on Sat 30th Nov, 10:00hrs - 16:00hrs.

This will be held at our new premises at the Mill House glamping site on Haven rd, Patrington, E,yorks, and yes it is in the old mill.

All radio amateurs, SWLs and xyl's will be welcome, a slide show of the renovations plus a tour of the new club house and shack, not forgetting a tea/coffee or 2, maybe cake? with a chat or 2 with the members.

There will also be a BBQ, dependent on the weather.

Hope to see you there at The Mill, Mill House Glamping, Haven Road, Patrington, E,Yorks, IO93XQ.

73 John C G6LNV

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AA Radio Services, Zetron to provide Antarctic consoles

Sunday 24th November  2019

Zetron's ACOM Command & Control system has been selected to provide communications solutions to and between Australia's research stations in Antarctica.

The contract for integrated radio console systems, equipment and support services was awarded to AA Radio Services, a Melbourne-based Zetron partner and reseller, following a competitive bid process.

Australia operates three stations on the Antarctic continent as well as a station on Macquarie Island, with responsibility for managing more than 3300 assets.

The contract entails a 12-position ACOM Command & Control system, with consoles at the three Antarctic locations, the station on Macquarie Island and the head office base in VK7.

In addition, Zetron and AA Radio will provide implementation, configuration, training and ongoing support services to ensure the system is maintained, upgraded and scaled as needed to meet current and future needs.

Read more:

Wireless Institute of Australia

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Starlink satellites photobomb a meteor shower

Sunday 24th November  2019

Astronomers monitoring the skies for an outburst of alpha Monocerotid meteors on Nov. 22nd were surprised when their cameras filled instead with an outburst of satellites.

A train of Starlink satellites flew over the La Palma observatory in the Canary islands, stealing the show. Despite the interference, a flurry of alpha Monocerotids was observed.

Visit for the full story and video.

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November 18 marked 2nd anniversary on orbit for AMSAT-OSCAR 91

Sunday 24th November  2019

Happy 2nd Anniversary, AMSAT-OSCAR 91
At 09:47:36 UTC on November 18, 2017, RadFxSat (Fox-1B) launched on a Delta II rocket from SLC-2W at Vandenberg Air Force Base and became AMSAT-OSCAR 91.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B), a 1U CubeSat, is a joint mission of AMSAT and the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics at Vanderbilt University.
The Vanderbilt package is intended to measure the effects of radiation on electronic components, including demonstration of an on-orbit platform for space qualification of components as well as to validate and improve computer models for predicting radiation tolerance of semiconductors.

AMSAT constructed the remainder of the satellite including the space frame, on-board computer and power system. The amateur radio package is similar to that currently on orbit on AO-85.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) was sent aloft as a secondary payload on the Unit- ed Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket with the Joint Polar Satel- lite System (JPSS)-1 satellite. RadFxSat (Fox-1B) is one of five CubeSats making up this NASA Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) XIV mission, riding as secondary payloads aboard the JPSS-1 mission.

Uplink: 435.250 MHz FM (67.0 Hz CTCSS)
Downlink: 145.960 MHz FM

Satellite health and experiment telemetry are downlinked via the Data-Under-Voice (DUV) subaudible telemetry stream, which can be decoded using the FoxTelem software.

Visit the AMSAT-OSCAR 91 web page at:

Make sure you have the latest AMSAT frequencies using the page at:


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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 23rd November  2019

What's in a Whisper?

A while ago I set up a WSPR, or Weak Signal Propagation Reporter at home. Before I go into the details, WSPR is an amateur radio protocol that allows stations to transmit their callsign, location and power level and for receivers around the globe to decode those and upload the results to a central database. It's a great way to see what you can hear and what propagation is like.

A couple of months ago the regulator changed the Australian License Conditions Determination, the rules of engagement around amateur radio and now all licensed amateurs in Australia can even set-up a transmitter although I haven't yet. Receiving is plenty of fun and anyone can do that.

Initially I used a piece of Windows software to track the contacts but to me it was like ordering a courier with an 18-wheeler to pick up a postage stamp. I looked around an found a piece of software that runs nicely on a single board Raspberry Pi computer. The software is called rtlsdr_wsprd, it's a mouthful, but it works nicely on a Pi with an RTL SDR dongle. The dongle I have is capable of using all HF frequencies up to 1766 MHz, so I can technically hear the 23 cm band, though I haven't actually heard any stations there.

I created a list of all the published WSPR frequencies and I listen to a frequency for fifteen minutes, pick another frequency at random and do it again, all day, every day. My log for this installation goes back about eight months and I get about a hundred contacts every month or so.

You might think that's a lot of contacts, but really it's not. The antenna is indoors, it's under a metal roof and while it's on the second floor, it's far from ideal, but it works surprisingly well.

What have I learned from this experience?

I've heard 36 different stations, across 11 countries and 23 grid squares, the furthest was G0CCL, a club station in Cambridge in the United Kingdom which was transmitting on 20m with 5 Watts. I heard it 14750 km away.

There are plenty of other things that I can extract from this. The most popular band is 20m, it accounts for nearly 70% of the contacts I heard. Surprisingly, I am also hearing contacts on 80m, as well as on every other amateur band that my receiver can hear. The 6m band is pretty popular too, nearly 13% of the stations I heard.

For my receiver, between 4am and 6am in the morning was the best time to hear something, together they account for just under 20% of the contacts. Locally the worst time is 8am in the morning.

From the data I've collected, April and May were the most active, accounting for nearly 70% of the contacts.

I must point out that the log is not continuous, there's gaps when the logging station wasn't switched on and when I was switching antennas and locations, so using the statistics I've given you here for your own station are probably not going to work quite the same.

The WSPR mode isn't perfect. It will happily decode rubbish and report on that, so I've manually filtered out the bogus information, like for example a grid square XI97LK, or callsign 3KE/21XWK, where neither the location or the prefix are real.

I can tell you that I was surprised that my station can hear 80m on the little telescopic rabbit-ear antenna supplied with my dongle. That same antenna is also fine at hearing 6m, so I'm pretty happy with that.

One thing that this little experiment reveals for me is that a cheap dongle is a perfectly fine way to start playing with a limited budget. It offers the opportunity to explore the RF spectrum using modern tools and techniques. Much of what I describe is absolutely possible with a traditional radio. Originally I had my station set-up like that. It consisted of my Yaesu FT-857d, a 12 V power supply, a CAT cable, an audio interface and a computer.

In stark contrast, my current set-up consists of two things. A Raspberry Pi with an RTL SDR dongle plugged in.

While this set-up cannot transmit, neither could I at the time. Since then there have been advances in both. There are all-band WSPR transmitters for a similar cost to a Pi and a dongle. Power it up, configure it and you're good to go. I'm eyeing off that as a future project, since it's perfect to use to see what bands are open for your station at any given moment.

If you've never had a go, you should. I've documented how my monitor station works and you can find it on the projects page on my website at

WSPR is a really nice way to get into many different aspects of our hobby and the barrier to entry is your imagination.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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WRC-19 Day-20: And Finally!

Saturday 23rd November  2019

Friday, November 22 saw WRC-19 conclude its month long biggest ever conference.

Many of the 3,300 delegates had started to travel home even before the release of the ‘Provisional Final Acts’ and closing ceremony

RSGB Spectrum Forum Chair Murray G6JYB: Image credit DK4VW

The ITU website has released the provisional acts as a huge 567-page PDF document—a tribute to the the hardworking editorial and translation teams at the conference. These provisional acts are due to come into force on January 1, 2021, so no early changes are currently expected in practice.

Read the final RSGB report at

WRC-19 Provisional Final Acts

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WRC-19 Days 16+17+18: Satellites and 23cm

Saturday 23rd November  2019

In the final week meetings at WRC-19 have been running until 3am in the morning in an attempt to get the work completed

The RSGB have released their WRC-19 report covering Small Satellites and also the Amateur 1240-1300 MHz band.

The report notes "A lesson from the process indicates how difficult it may be in future to achieve any upgrade to other amateur allocations."

Read the RSGB report at

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4U1UN news update

Saturday 23rd November  2019

On FaceBook, the United Nations Amateur Radio Club (4U1UN) reports the following on November 20th:

Couple of announcements:
1. Beacon is back although the antenna is literally being held together
with tape and chewing gum at this point. Not sure how much longer it'll survive.

2. We've managed to figure out the kinks with the rack mounted system.
Additionally, Elecraft fixed and returned our malfunctioning K3.
We ran a few quick tests today and seems everything is finally functioning
as it should. That said, you should start to hear 4U1UN back on the air very soon. Some may have had the good fortune of working Adrian today while he ran some tests.

The United Nations Amateur Radio Club's (4U1UN) FaceBook can be viewed at:


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Halfords make radio signals travel 'super-fast'

Saturday 23rd November  2019

Gareth Corfield writes on The Register about how Halfords can apparently defy the laws of physics

He says: Halfords is telling potential DAB radio buyers that the digital radio tech is "super-fast" compared to analogue AM radio, which might come as a surprise to the laws of physics.

It also claims that British listeners can pick up DAB stations from abroad, which is certainly news to anyone who's tried to pick up domestic UK stations, let alone ones from further afield.

Read the story at

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Ham Radio Day aboard the Queen Mary

Saturday 23rd November  2019

AMSAT will be supporting the 'Ham Radio Day Aboard the Queen Mary', an on-air event which will include satellite operations from the RMS Queen Mary, on Saturday, 14 December 2019. The Queen Mary is at the Port of Long Beach in California, grid DM03vs.

The satellite operations will take place from the Queen Mary's Sports Deck, next to the W6RO Wireless Room. Visitors are welcome, and hams with a copy of their valid amateur license can board the ship for free on 14 December - a $40 value!

QSL cards will be available from the Associated Radio Amateurs of Long Beach (ARALB), using the process detailed at:

Satellite contacts do not require the QSO number mentioned on this page. W6RO does not use Logbook of the World.

This is the official statement about the event from ARALB:

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Saturday 23rd November  2019

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 15th November, through Friday, 22nd November there were 225 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FO/m, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JX, JY,

K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V8, VE, VK, VK9C, VK9N, VK9X, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, XZ, YA, YB, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS


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IOTA News from OPDX

Saturday 23rd November  2019

Island activities:

AS-153. Members of the West Bengal Radio Club (VU2WB) will be active as 8T2G from Ganga Sagar Mela between January 10-17th, 2020. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via VU2NRO.

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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50 MHz band in Region 1

Friday 22nd November  2019

IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie G3BJ reports on the 50 MHz allocation agreed at the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

The IARU-R1 post says:

Radio amateurs around Region 1 will have seen the announcement about the outcome at WRC 2019, in which a Region-wide allocation in the Radio Regulations in the 50 MHz band has been agreed.

This has come about after over three weeks of discussions and negotiations at WRC in Egypt, where IARU alone was representing the amateur service. Some 14 people, both in the IARU delegation and some in national delegations, helped argue the IARU case – eventually to a satisfactory outcome.

I am sure everyone will join me in acknowledging the work done by the IARU team, and thank everyone involved for an outstanding effort over the last four years to achieve this result.  

Don Beattie, G3BJ
President IARU Region 1

Read the IARU-R1 50 MHz announcement at

RSGB 50 MHz report


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Imperial College Space Society 434 MHz balloon

Friday 22nd November  2019

The Imperial College Space Society will be launching a pico balloon with a 434 MHz payload on Saturday, Nov 23 from Fryent Country Park, London

On the UKHAS Google Group Medad reports:

The balloon will be a prestreched aliexpress balloon which we will be launching for the first time.

The flight path is expected to take it North towards Manchester, Edinburgh and into the North Sea.

Tracking details are as follows:
Callsign: ICSPACE14
RTTY: 434.57MHz USB
50 baud, 760 Hz shift, ASCII-8, no parity, 2 stop bits
Launch time aim: 12 pm UK time on Saturday, November 23.

Transmits 10 pips before transmitting message. 30s gap between each transmission when below 3000m. Above 3000m, it will transmit with a gap of 60 seconds.

We will really appreciate your help tracking the little balloon.

UKHAS Google Group

Online real-time tracking of balloons

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New ham radio antenna bill being drafted

Friday 22nd November  2019

The ARRL Legislative Advocacy Committee is drafting a new bill to address the issue of private land-use restrictions on amateur radio antennas

The ARRL say:

The proposed legislation would be the successor to the Amateur Radio Parity Act. The Legislative Advocacy Committee, chaired by Pacific Division Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, will report to the Board soon, once plans are fleshed out. Tiemstra told the ARRL Executive Committee (EC) on October 12 in Aurora, Colorado, that Advocacy Committee members have traveled to Washington to meet on multiple occasions with members of Congress and their staffs to inform them of the committee’s plans.

ARRL Washington Counsel Dave Siddall, K3ZJ, told the EC last month that he understands the conditional exemption of amateur radio licensees from the RF exposure measurement requirements in the FCC’s Part 97 Amateur Service rules is proposed to be removed. A Report and Order in FCC Docket WT 13-84 is making the rounds that, if adopted, would make amateur licensees subject to the same requirements as all other FCC licensees. The Report and Order is expected to be released before year’s end.

Read the full ARRL story at

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Happy Birthday FUNcube-1 (AO73)

Friday 22nd November  2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019, saw the sixth birthday of the launch of the amateur radio CubeSat, FUNcube-1 (AO73)

A very short time after the launch from Yasny in Russia and within a few minutes from deployment, the very first frame of data from the low power transmitter on board, was detected and decoded by ZS1LS in South Africa. He was able to relay the data over the internet from his Dashboard to the Data Warehouse and the numbers, appeared, as if by magic, at the launch party being held at the RSGB National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park.  

After a very brief check out, the FUNcube team were able to switch the transmitter to full power, again at the very first attempt, and were quite amazed at the strength of the signal from the 300mW transmitter on 145.935 MHz. The transponder was then switched on and successfully tested.

The team finished the day with a request to AMSAT-NA for an Oscar number and were delighted to receive the AO73  Oscar 73 designation!

Final gluing of FUNcube-1 bolt by Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG – Image credit Gerard Aalbers

Since then, FUNcube-1, with a launch mass of less than 1kg, has operated continuously with only a very few interruptions. In excess of 32000 orbits, 750 million miles travelled, and with more than 7 million data packets downloaded and stored in the Data Warehouse.

The spacecraft is presently in continuous sunlight and to convert as much of the sun’s thermal energy into RF (to help keep it cool), it remains in continuous high power telemetry mode. We anticipate this situation will continue until early May next after which we expect to have 3 months with some eclipse periods.

Of course, EO88 – Nayif 1 continues to operate autonomously with the transponder active when in eclipse and JO99 – JY1Sat, which includes image downloads, and which was launched just under a year ago, also remain active on a 24/7 basis.

The FUNcube team still receive many requests for Fitter message uploads for school events…please contact them by email to giving at least two weeks notice.

The FUNcube team continue to be very grateful to all the many stations around the world that continue to upload the telemetry that they receive to our Data Warehouse. We really need this data to provide a continuous resource for educational outreach.

With that in mind, here is a link to a previous update which shows the correct current Data Warehouse address  and the Dashboard software that can be used for each spacecraft

FUNcube email group

FUNcube Forum

FUNcube Website

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The Space Weather Woman

Friday 22nd November  2019

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov

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CWops 10th Anniversary Celebration

Friday 22nd November  2019

The CWops 10th Anniversary Celebration is rapidly approaching and we’re looking forward to a spectacular event!

The best way that you can support the event is to participate by getting on the air in January using a special event call-sign or by simply identifying yourself as a member of CWops by signing Call/CWO or Call CWO.

Thus far we have 38 special callsigns that will be active during the event. Please consider applying for a special event callsign or registering to use one of our mini-club callsigns.

For more details about this celebration and rules for this event, see the CWOPS Web page at:

Bill, W0TG


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B1Z, B4T and B7P active for CQWW CW

Thursday 21st November  2019

CRAC says the temporary amateur radio callsigns B1Z, B4T and B7P will be on the air during the CQWW CW event on November 23-24, 2019

A translation reads:

CRAC will organize some domestic enthusiasts during the period from 0000UTC on November 23, 2019 to 2359UTC on November 24, 2019, and participate in the CQWW CW event in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, and temporarily use the special call sign during the period.

The specific information is as follows:
The Jiangyin team temporarily uses the call sign B4T, the contact Gu Song (BD4TS), the card manager BA4TB, the card return mechanism LoTW, and the Bureau.

The Beijing team temporarily uses the call sign B1Z, the contact fan Bin (BA1RB), and the card manager BA1GG. After receiving the SASE, the card is returned or the card is received by the BURO.

The Guangdong team temporarily use call sign B7P, contact Liang Tiewei (BA7NQ), card manager BA4EG.

During the event, the above stations were open to all amateur radio enthusiasts who were interested in participating for study and communication. After the event is over, the above-mentioned temporary call sign will be terminated.

Source CRAC

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Monitor magazine now available

Thursday 21st November  2019

The Autumn 2019 edition of the BBC Monitoring's magazine Monitor is now available on the web

BBC Monitoring provides news and information from freely available media sources around the world. Our round-the-clock monitoring of TV, radio, press, internet and news agencies is provided to the BBC and a range of customers - commercial clients, including media organizations, foreign governments, NGOs and universities, and the UK government.

BBC Monitoring is funded by the licence fee and is part of the BBC World Service Group.

You can read copies of Monitor magazine at

BBC Monitoring

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Solar wind creates giant 'Night Butterflies' over Norway

Thursday 21st November  2019

Earth is entering a stream of fast-moving solar wind.

First contact on Nov. 20th produced a visually stunning episode of auroras around the Arctic Circle--including 'night butterflies' over Norway.

NOAA forecasters say there is a chance of G1-class geomagnetic storms on Nov. 21st as Earth moves deeper into the stream. If so, auroras could appear in northern-tier US states such as Michigan and Minnesota.

Check for updates and photos

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SARL VHF and RF Noise Workshop

Thursday 21st November  2019

Time is running out for bookings for the last workshop for 2019 to be held on Saturday 23 November at the NARC.

The programme features a variety of presentations from killing mains noise in the radio room to building a noise monitoring system.

There have been interesting developments on the Bethlehem 2 m beacon and on the testing of two different active antennas which will be presented.

Download the programme and the booking form from

The South African Radio League

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Quiz with Chester & District Radio Society

Wednesday 20th November  2019

Last night, Tuesday 19th November WADARC joined with our friends in Waverton .. the Chester & District Radio Society for our bi-annual Quiz for the G3PYU Trophy.

The WADARC team consisted of Paul G0JZP, Neil M0WBG and Phil G6IIM and after a successful evening, can be seen being presented with the G3PYU Trophy from, Paul G3TZO.  Both teams are in the right hand photo .. far right includes Bruce M0CVP, Bill G6ATO and Question Master Gordon G8MMM.

A most enjoyable night and we thank Chester for their hospitality.

Thanks to Chris G0PJX for the photos.

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GB7IC D-STAR repeater, reaches 3,000 D-STAR callsign registrations

Wednesday 20th November  2019

Icom UK have given us an update to a previous news item regarding D-STAR registrations from March 2019.

At that time, their team had processed over 500 D-STAR registrations on their GB7IC repeater in just over six months. Well since then they have added another 500 customers for D-STAR at Herne Bay with most users being based in the UK. This suggests that there are even more users getting involved with this digital form of Amateur Radio.

Ian Lockyer, Marketing Manager of Icom UK  said,’ When users are looking to get their D-STAR callsign registered we usually encourage them to register with their local repeater keeper. Sometimes there are reasons why users cannot register. If you are a customer customers in the UK and the Republic of Ireland and require assistance, please send us the following details to and we will add you to the D-STAR network:
• Name,
• Call sign,
• Postcode
• Email address.

When we have processed your request you will receive an email and then you will be able to get on the air…digitally.’

He added, ‘If you want to find out more about D-STAR click on this link we have some interesting articles in the knowledge base section of our website which will give you to an introduction to this fascinating form of digital Amateur radio.’

Well done Icom UK Amateur radio team and here’s to the next D-STAR milestone.

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Amateur radio festival attracts 127

Wednesday 20th November  2019

The Daily Express reports the 10th Borneo Amateur Radio Festival (BARF) event which was held for the first time in Sabah, from Nov 1 to 3, attracted 127 participants

36 came from Brunei, 30 from Indonesia, nine from Sarawak and 47 from Sabah. Four were from West Malaysia and one from China.

Another nine participants from Kalimantan, drove all the way in a convoy of two vehicles which took them six days to reach Sabah.

The opening ceremony was officiated by the Deputy Director Izan Afzan Salamat on behalf of the Sabah Director of Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

The event was held in BP House, Sembulan here and the Borneo Amateur Radio Club (BARC) was the main coordinator for the event with the assistance of few Ham Radio Clubs in Sabah.

Read the full story at

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Short-term restricted service licensing review

Wednesday 20th November  2019

Ofcom today confirmed two changes to its policy on granting short-term restricted service licences, following a consultation.

Short-term radio licences are granted for analogue services broadcasting to defined locations, or for coverage of particular events such as music or religious festivals, or sporting events.

The changes, which apply immediately, allow the same applicant to be granted more than two SRSLs in a single year, subject to certain conditions. SRSL applications can now also be considered for services that offer similar content to existing commercial and community radio stations in the same area. More information on our decision is available. We have also amended our guidance for applicants and broadcasters to reflect these changes to the policy.

Application window for 2020 period of high-demand

On Monday 25 November 2019, Ofcom will open an application window for any potential applicant for an SRSL hoping to broadcast on any dates between Monday 20 April 2020 and Tuesday 26 May 2020 inclusive – an anticipated period of high-demand. The application window will remain open until 5pm on Friday 6 December 2019.

Applicants should ensure they are familiar with the application criteria and must use the current version of the application form. SRSL applications submitted using previous versions of the application form will be rejected

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Antarctic Activity Week 2020

Wednesday 20th November  2019

The 17th Antarctic Activity Week, will be on air between February 10-17th, 2020. It's time to book your special callsign. Launching the 17th AAW, the WAP (Worldwide Antarctic Program) invites all Radio Amateurs (OMs & SWLs) around the world, Clubs and Organizations as well as other important groups and individual operators WW (World-Wide), to join and share with us, this initiative.

Again our intention is to draw your attention to the Antarctic Continent, and AAW is the unique event WW where Hams (in any corners of the world, and not necessarily in Antarctica) wish to celebrate and improve world- wide interest around the Icy Continent.

Info and list of participants are available at:

The WAP Antarctic Bulletin Nr. 285 issued on Nov. 14th, is now online and available at WAP website at:

Gianni, I1HYW


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Tonga operation

Wednesday 20th November  2019

Masa JA0RQV will be involved in an international project on Tonga between Nov. 24 and November next year.

He will be operating as A35JP from Tongatapu Island (OC-049) on 160 to 6m on CW, SSB, and FT8.

He also plans to activate the IOTA references OC-191, OC-123, OC-064, and OC-169 during his stay.

QSL via LoTW, ClubLog OQRS, JA0RQV (B)


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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 20th November  2019

Island activities:

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

OC-009; T8, Palau Islands: Noboru/JH1OLB returns to Palau from Nov. 21 to 27 and operates as T88DT from the VIP DX Hotel. QRV on 160 to 6m on SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK31, SSTV, and JT65A. QSL via JH1OLB (d/B), LoTW.

OC-021; YB0-3, Java Island: The special event station 8H11TS celebrates the 11th anniversary of South Tangeran as an autonomous city between Nov. 24 and 27.

OC-049; A35, Tongatapu Group: Masa/JA0RQV will be active as A35JP from Tongatapu from Nov. 24 onwards on 160 to 10m (CW, SSB, FT8).
QSL via JA0RQV (d/B), ClubLog OQRS.

OC-054; FW, Wallis Islands: Nobuaki/JA0JHQ will be operating from Wallis Island as FW/M0JHQ between the 23rd and 27th on 160-10m on CW and FT8. QSL via JA0JHQ (d), LoTW.

SA-058; YV, Carabobo/ Aragua/ DF / Miranda State group: The Grupo DX Caracas celebrates its 30th anniversary with an activation of Farallon Centinela (WW Loc. FK60xt, ARLHS VEN-010, WLOTA 0012). Operators are Ramon/YV5EED, John/YV5IUA, Nelson/YV5NR, Gregorio/YV5OK, and Victor/YV5ZV. QRV as YW5F from Nov. 22 to 25 on HF and 6m on SSB, CW, and FT8. For their preferred frequencies see QSL via YV5DTA (W4DTA) or ClubLog OQRS.

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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Luton scouts on the airwaves

Tuesday 19th November  2019

Media-savvy Scouts from Luton in Bedfordshire recently operated a Jamboree on an amateur radio station alongside its internet counterpart

Luton Today reports:

Using the Ross Park headquarters for the weekend, adults leaders enabled Scouts from across Luton to speak to other Scouts from all across Europe, having individual contacts for all five continents.

A Luton Scouts spokesman explained how the Scouts had learned about the vital role of communications in history. He said: “The weekend was a great success and could not have happened without the help of a catering team and all the leaders who made it possible for the Scout sections to attend.

“Amateur radio has been at the forefront of disasters. In World War Two, amateur radio operators supported the interception of enemy transmissions which were used at Bletchley Park.

Read the full story at

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Ham radio operators seek youth movement

Tuesday 19th November  2019

The Journal Gazette interviews radio amateur Joseph Lawrence K9RFZ one of the organizers of the Fort Wayne Hamfest

The newspaper says:

“Hams,” as they are sometimes called, were silent heroes during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. With police and fire on different frequencies, “it was the hams that were able to talk back and forth,” Lawrence said.

But the excitement of working together and the camaraderie operators feel when they transmit their signal out there and issue a “cq” in order to talk to other operators doesn't seem to appeal to the younger generation, however you might define that.

On Saturday, Lawrence reluctantly admitted that most of the 2,000 vendors and guests at Hamfest were older, white and male.

At Hamfest on Saturday, organizers set up a “youth lounge” and attracted a handful of kids for instruction on “make-it kits.”

Ham radio operators are willing to share their knowledge with Boy Scouts, school radio clubs – just about anyone who wants to learn how to make kits and start sending out signals, like the 750,000 people with a handle in the U.S. Not all of those operators are active, Lawrence cautioned.

One teenager who needs no persuading is Homestead High School junior Madison Baxter, who described herself as a geek and someone who believes older technologies should be treasured.

Read the full story at

Switzerland's strategy conference on "Future Radio Amateurs"

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Radio Caroline North this weekend

Tuesday 19th November  2019

We're counting down the hours until the next Radio Caroline North LIVE broadcast from our legendary radio-ship Ross Revenge, this weekend 23rd - 24th November.

Live from the River Blackwater

Our crack team of Caroline presenters are heading out to the ship this Friday, firing up the studios and getting ready to bring you all the best tracks from the 60s - early 90s, from 10.30 am on Saturday. What a great soundtrack to your weekend!

Your broadcast team this month are Johnny Lewis, Dave Foster, Nick Jackson, Peter Philips, Rob Ashard, Ray Clark and Steve Anthony.
Classic Rock Tours are sponsoring this month's broadcast, and you can win cash to spend in our web shop, thanks to our competition sponsor Dave Cragie from Southwold, Suffolk.

We're LIVE from Ross Revenge on the River Blackwater, Essex from 10.30 am on Saturday 23rd November. Listen in on 648 AM in the South and South-East, on 1368 AM in the North and North-West courtesy of our friends at Manx Radio, around the world online here, on various apps and radio players, and on your smart speakers – "Hey Alexa, play Radio Caroline!"

We would love to hear from you – send your emails direct to the Ross studios at  during the broadcast.

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A Meteor outburst could happen this week

Tuesday 19th November  2019

Get ready for a meteor outburst--maybe.

Later this week, Earth will pass by a stream of dusty debris from an unnamed comet. Forecasters believe this could cause an outburst of alpha Monocerotid meteors on Thursday night/Friday morning (Nov. 21-22).

Visit today's edition of for the full story and observing tips

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19th anniversary of ARISS operations

Tuesday 19th November  2019

On November 13, 2000, the ARISS amateur radio payload was turned on and the first operations occurred over Russia and the United States.

Our ARISS team is working feverishly on the final certification of our next generation radio system: the Interoperable Radio System.

We thank all those that have supported this development effort through team support as well as donations!! We continue to move closer to a planned March 2020 launch of the hardware on SpaceX CRS-20.

Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
AMSAT Vice President for Human Space-flight and ARISS International Chair


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AmateurLogic 136: Turkey Fever

Monday 18th November  2019

It’s just about Thanksgiving time here in the US and we’ll soon be suffering from Turkey Fever.

Tommy’s shows how to make an Arduino Frequency Counter. Mike, VE3MIC joins us with a look at the York Region ARC Hamfest.

Emile discusses GPS Ham Radio Applications. And as a sheer coincidence, George reviews GPS History and advancements in accuracy, plus decoding US Coast Guard DGPS.

We also announce the lucky winner of our MFJ-1234 RigPi Station Server contest.

1:30 of fun designed for your cold weather viewing pleasure.


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IARU: WRC-19 Grinds On - Week 3

Monday 18th November  2019

The IARU has issued its report on Week 3 of the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference being held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from October 28 to November 22, 2019

With just 3-1/2 days left for substantive work – the final session of the Plenary to approve texts to be included in the Final Acts is scheduled to end at noon Thursday, November 21 – delegates at WRC-19 face a daunting workload as the conferees try to reach consensus on several remaining issues including the agenda for the next WRC.

Future agenda items: As of now, no choices have been made as to which of more than three dozen proposed topics will be placed on the WRC-23 agenda. Each of the proposed agenda items would require studies to be conducted in the 2020-2023 timeframe, but ITU resources will not accommodate more than about half. Some face strong opposition and others remain ill-defined even at this late stage of the conference. The responsible committee is scheduled to complete its work in just one more day. It will be a long day.

Short Duration Satellites: There is still no agreement on how to protect existing services and uses of the uplink frequency band proposed for telemetry, tracking and command of these “simple” satellites.

5725-5850 MHz: This part of the amateur secondary allocation, which includes an amateur-satellite downlink at 5830-5850 MHz, is the subject of an unresolved conflict over parameters for wireless access systems including radio local area networks.

Frequencies above 275 GHz: This upper frequency range is not allocated but several bands are identified for passive (receive-only) use and administrations are encouraged to protect them from harmful interference. With that in mind, WRC-19 has identified other bands above 275 GHz for the implementation of land mobile and fixed service applications. The use of these bands for applications in other services, including amateur experimentation, is not precluded.

50 MHz in Region 1: The compromise agreement reported last week (see the IARU news release dated 10 November) survived review at the Working Group and Committee levels and awaits approval in Plenary.

With the 50 MHz issue essentially settled the IARU team is devoting most of its energy to explaining why the proposed agenda item for 1240-1300 MHz described in last week’s release is unnecessary and undesirable.

While IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, left the conference at the end of the second week he is still a visible presence as a six-minute video interview is replayed on monitors scattered around the halls of the conference center. See it for yourself at

Source: IARU Press Release available on the new ARRL-IARU email group. You can join at

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WRC-19 Day-15: A Long Weekend

Monday 18th November  2019

The slipping schedule saw slow progress on Friday and consequently full overtime on Saturday and Sunday for future agenda items (AI-10), small-satellites (AI-1.7), 5G mobile (AI-1.13) and 5GHz Wi-Fi (AI-1.16)

Overtime started early, with a queue to get in before the 9am Saturday start.

Read the full RSGB report at

Read all the RSGB WRC-19 updates at

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STARS Working Group

Monday 18th November  2019

The objective of STARS is to defend, protect, extend, develop and promote the amateur radio service. The work of STARS is specifically directed to those areas of the Region where amateur radio activity is low or non existent

IARU Region 1 say:

The Chair of the STARS Working Group, Riri Azrak, OD5RI has indicated that he is finding it increasingly difficult to balance his business responsibilities in Lebanon with running the Working Group.

I have therefore agreed with him that he will become the Deputy Chair of the STARS WG and that a new Chair will be appointed until the next General Conference.

I am pleased to say that Hans Welens, ON6WQ, has agreed to return to lead STARS for that period. Hans ran STARS for 21 years until 2011, and I am very grateful to him for offering to step in for the next eleven months.

Please join me in thanking Riri for his work in STARS and wishing Hans every success in his role.

Don Beattie, G3BJ
President IARU Region 1

Source IARU Region 1

STARS - Support to the Amateur Radio Service

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Access to 70 MHz, HAMNET for Class E requested

Monday 18th November  2019

The German Amateur Radio Round Table (RTA) has again asked the Federal Network Agency BNetzA for temporary access to 70 MHz band as well as the use of HAMNET on 13 cm and 6 cm bands by Class E licensees in 2020

A Google translation of the DARC post says:

"The RTA is very interested in making the further experimental use of this frequency range accessible to all radio amateurs and, in the context of a renewed toleration scheme, using this frequency range, which is of particular interest for propagation experiments," RTA justifies its application to the BNetzA for 4-m.Band.

Especially at Hamnet often take younger radio amateurs in part, "who often do not have a Class A amateur radio license and therefore have no access to these amateur radio bands," said the RTA in its application for toleration.

Source: DARC

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South Eastern Amateur Radio Group

Monday 18th November  2019

At this meeting, Roger EI8KN will be presenting a prize quiz. So you may wish to brush up on all things amateur radio!

As this will be the last club meeting for 2019 all members are please asked to attend. As always, new members are very welcome to attend also.

The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group wish remind everyone to book their hotel rooms for the IRTS AGM 2020 weekend in April 2020 as soon as possible. Rooms have been taken very quickly for the weekend so if you are to be sure to obtain a room in the hotel for the weekend please book it as soon as possible. Details about the weekend including room prices can be found at

For anyone that wishes to find out more about the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group and our activities you can drop us an email to “southeasternarg /at/ Gmail /dot/ com” or please feel free to come along to any of their meetings.

You can check out their website and you also join them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter

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RTÉ to continue spending €250k a year on longwave radio service

Monday 18th November  2019

RTÉ is going to spend €250,000 per year transmitting its Radio One station to the Irish diaspora in Britain – while closing down all its digital stations.

The station is shutting down RTÉ Gold, RTE Junior, RTÉ 2XM, RTÉ Pulse and RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, but would not specify how much this will save.

However, it has confirmed that it is going to continue its Longwave radio service to the Irish diaspora in Britain up to 2022.

Read the full story at

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 18th November  2019

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 10th/November, through Sunday, 17th/November there were 216 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, EU, EX, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FO/m, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY,

K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, VE, VK, VK9C, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YJ, YL, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS


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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 18th November  2019

Island activities:

AF-019. Operators Silvo/S50X, S51V, Krajcar/S52P, Peter/S54W, Pavla/S56DX, Berto/S56N, Slavko/S57DX and Drago/S59A will be active as IG9/homecall from Lampedusa Island between January 21-27th, 2020. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, and this will include the CQWW DX 160m CW Contest (January 24-26th) as a Multi-Op entry signing as IG9/S59A. QSL via their home callsigns.

AF-086. Eric, OE4AAC, will be active as D4CC from Sal Island (WLOTA 0610) between November 17-30th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, with some FT8, and plans to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th). QSL via OE4AAC, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.

AS-099. A group of Turkish amateurs will be on the air as TC0F from Bozcaada Island (in memory of Tuncer, TA1F/SK) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Multi-Op/Single-TX/High-Power entry. Operators mentioned are Hakan/TA0G, Rebi/TA2BN, Rifat/TA2SE and Tahir/TA1BJ. QSL via TA2BN direct or LoTW.

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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RSGB report on WRC-19 Days 13 and 14

Sunday 17th November  2019

The RSGB have released a report on days 13 and 14 of the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference being held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from October 28 to November 22, 2019

RSGB say agreement remains elusive on many topics, despite the clock counting down.

The report features video of #IARU President Tim Ellam VE6SH/G4HUA being interviewed by the ITU.

Read the RSGB WRC-19 days 13 and 14 report at

Read all the RSGB WRC-19 updates at

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Australian bushfires

Sunday 17th November  2019

As bushfires consumed more than 4 thousand square miles in New South Wales alone, officials were bracing for the lates rash of blazes that they said could lead to the most dangerous bushfire week in the nation's history.

New South Wales called a state of emergency and additional fires flared in Western Australia and Queensland.

Members of the Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network, or WICEN, were called to harness their radio skills in the face of overwhelming catastrophe. Edwin Lowe VK2VEL, a Facebook administrator for WICEN
New South Wales, said hams were deployed to provide logistical support for the Rural Fire Service along with community evacuation and welfare support.

WICEN NSW's publicity officer Julian Sortland VK2YKS said that hams sent to the Rural Fire Service Command Centre in Glen Innes, northern VK2, had begun rotations operating the RFS' own radio system

Julian said members of WICEN's parent body, the Volunteer Rescue Association, were staffing the Bush Fire Information Line at Homebush in Sydney, likely alongside WICEN members.

VK2VEL said that hams were also functioning as scribes for firefighting Incident Management Teams. He noted, however [quote]"There are fires across multiple regions of the state and the situation at present is fluid." Edwin commented that it was not so much amateur radio itself playing a critical role here but [quote]"the adaptability and skills of the amateur radio operators who are members of WICEN NSW." VK2YKS said that as conditions worsened, further deployments were expected.

In Queensland the VK4RAT VHF and UHF Amateur Radio Repeaters, the VK4RTL 10m 6m and 23cm beacons, the TAC08 CH8 UHF CB Repeater and the SES CH01 Repeater are off air due to damage done By bushfires that swept through the summit on Sunday evening 10th November.

Wireless Institute of Australia

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Future Radio Amateurs

Sunday 17th November  2019

On Saturday, October 19, the strategy conference of the USKA on the topic "Future Radio Amateurs" took place in Bern, Switzerland

A translation of the UKSA report says:

Present were 16 radio amateurs from three language regions. Three USKA sections were represented.

The accompanying document "Future Radio Amateurs" had already been studied by the participants before the conference. It describes the challenge and the task facing us all.

Amateur radio gives MINT (Math, IT, Natural sciences, Technology) interested young people the opportunity to validate their skills and knowledge through a federally demanding license exam.
They thus demonstrate their willingness to perform and achieve advantages for their personal and professional future. It is extremely important that this track record is a high priority among the population, education and employers. And of course also with young people themselves.

The aim of the process is to further develop the "amateur radio" profile, integrate the modern technologies and thus again achieve a significantly increased benefit, especially for young people who are undergoing training.

It was already pointed out in the invitation that competent participation in this important strategic process is only possible if the participants themselves have well-founded competences for the new technologies. In amateur radio, it's not about just using the new technologies, in other words using them. It's more about understanding them . That's a big difference. Radio amateurs are not merely radio consumers and will hopefully never be.

In an input presentation, Willi Vollenweider HB9AMC pointed to the catastrophic situation in the extremely few U25 new members in the USKA. Our hobby is no longer attractive to the young. This pretty hard statement does not have to be proven; it is proven by the numbers.

In three group works some new, interesting ideas were worked out. The complete lack of promotion of young talent in most sections was rejected by many. However, the USKA can not make any provision to the sections, as the statutory basis is lacking and the sections are autonomous associations. It has long been known that many sections are now so obsolete that there is only a choice between closure or merger.

Unfortunately, only one young adult (U25) participated in the meeting. Already his speeches showed that we "old people" have to consult our young people before we introduce any concrete measures for them.

Surprisingly, very few of the participants belong to a relevant specialist society, as shown by an ad hoc survey (SEV / Electrosuisse, IEEE, ACM, SwissICT, STV / Swiss Engineering, CH Open, Swico, ASUT). This partly explains why amateur radio has largely lost its relationship to the real economy and is hardly rewarded by it.

The published objective of the conference, "to integrate the modern technologies" into the profile of the radio amateur, unfortunately could not be achieved due to time constraints.

What is next to do? (short term)
A working group will be dedicated to the continuation of the work. The following questions should be clarified, primarily under the aspect U25:

• which competence profile promises great benefits in today's digitized world (specifically: topics, learning depth, theory / practice)
• What are our real USPs on the MINT Recreational Activity "Market" with this new Competency Profile ?
• does everything have to be invented on its own or are we moving forward with cooperation with similarly minded actors?

It should be remembered that the IARU-R1 has recognized the urgent need for action. For this reason, the General Conference, which will take place in 2020, will also be devoted to strategic topics.

As international coordination is important, Willi HB9AMC will take part in a similar conference of the DARC in November in Baunatal.

Many thanks to all participants of this important meeting. Since there are important decisions to make in the USKA in this area, it was important to seek the attitude of the members so that they could be included in the decision-making process.

Willi Vollenweider HB9AMC

USKA in Google English

Conference documents

Paper "Future Radio Amateurs"

Conference report

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IARU update regarding Amateur Satellite allocations

 17th November  2019

The second week of the World Radiocommunication Conference reports on the status of two issues affecting the amateur satellite service.

In a report written by Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, first is an agenda item currently under review during this WRC-19 session; second is planning for future pressure on frequencies for the amateur satellite service.

Current WRC-19

While it does not directly affect us - work at WRC-15 saw to that - we are following an agenda item that seeks spectrum for telemetry, tracking and command in the space operation service for non-GSO satellites with short duration missions (Cubesats, among others).

We would like a solution to be found to cut down on the misuse of the very limited amateur-satellite spectrum for commercial applications.
Discussions are focusing on spectrum near 137 MHz (down)/149MHz (up) but reaching agreement is proving to be very difficult.

Future - WRC-23

With the spectrum from 8.3 kHz to 275 GHz fully allocated and some bands above 275 GHz already identified for particular uses, any proposal for new allocations involves sharing with one or more incumbent services.
The pressures for spectrum access to accommodate new uses for commercial purposes are intense; for an established service such as ours, any WRC that does not reduce our own useful spectrum access is a success.

The idea of including the amateur two meter band in a study of non- safety aeronautical mobile service applications has not resurfaced.
However, the IARU is concerned with a proposed item for WRC-23 entit-
led: "Review of the amateur service and the amateur-satellite service allocations to ensure the protection of the radionavigation-satellite service (space-to-Earth) in the frequency band 1240-1300 MHz."

Our regulatory status is already clear. The amateur service is secon- dary in this band and the amateur-satellite service is permitted to operate in the Earth-to-space direction on a non-interference basis in the band 1260-1270 MHz. In the international Radio Regulations this is all the protection a primary service such as radionavigation-satellite requires; implementation is up to individual administrations.

The one well-documented case of interference to a Galileo receiver that prompted this proposed agenda item occurred more than five years ago and was quickly resolved by the administration concerned. There have been no known interference cases to user terminals.

An amateur service allocation of 1215-1300 MHz was made on a primary, exclusive basis in 1947, later downgraded to secondary to accommodate radiolocation (radar) and narrowed to 1240-1300 MHz. The radionavigation-satellite service was added in 2000. As a secondary service amateur radio has operated successfully in the band for many years.
Given the relatively modest density and numbers of amateur transmis- sions in the band, we view the Galileo-oriented proposal for an agenda item as disproportionate.

The IARU recognizes the concern and does not want the amateur service to affect the operation of the Galileo system in any way. It has already updated its operational recommendations for amateur stations in Region 1. If necessary, further recommendations may be developed and rolled out globally.

In CEPT, two preliminary measurement studies of Galileo receiver performance/vulnerability (from 2015 and 2019) are currently being evaluated. Discussions can be more timely and focused within CEPT.
The IARU believes that this process already offers the potential for a satisfactory solution and thus the issue does not warrant WRC action and the commitment of ITU resources.

Posted on:

Dave Sumner K1ZZ, IARU, ANS

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Republic of Panama special event

17th November  2019

Look for special station 3E1FP to be active until November 30th, to celebrate the 116th anniversary of the Republic of Panama.

Operators mentioned are Alvaro/HP1DAV, George/HP1GDS, Ricardo/ HP1RIS, Bellomiro/HP3BSM, Juan/HP3DBR, Emigdio/HP3EMS, Francisco/HP3FL, Erick/HP3QQ and possibly others.

Activity will be on 80/60/40/30/20/17/15/10 meters using CW, SSB and possibly other modes.


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RSGB release Board Proceedings for August

Saturday 16th November  2019

The RSGB Board Proceedings for the August 2019 meeting have been released but the Proceedings for July are not yet available

At a meeting with Ofcom in August RSGB representatives discussed Ofcom's issuing of two-letter suffix callsigns and G callsigns.

Members can read the RSGB Board proceedings at

You can join the RSGB online at

RSGB membership is free to licensed UK amateurs under the age of 21 or aged 21-25 and in full time education

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ARRL release Executive Committee minutes for October

Saturday 16th November  2019

The minutes of the Executive Committee of the ARRL Board of Directors for the meeting held on Saturday October 12, 2019 can now be freely downloaded from the ARRL site

At the meeting CEO Howard Michel WB2ITX, presented an update on the Lifelong Learning project. He stated ARRL staff were developing the course content and also working with Mintz+Hoke for design of the website and user experience sides of the project.

The minutes PDF is at this link

Minutes and Agenda of previous meetings are at

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France: 60m band a step closer

Saturday 16th November  2019

French regulator ARCEP has issued a decision that will lead to radio amateurs getting secondary access to the 60m band 5351.50-5366.50 kHz agreed at WRC-15

A translation of the REF post reads:

5360 kHz - ARCEP Decision No. 19-1412 Published 14/11/2019

ARCEP Decision No. 2019-1412 of 24 September 2019 amending Decision No. 2012-1241, modifying the conditions governing the use of frequencies by radio stations in the amateur service or the amateur-satellite service.

The decision to assign the band 5.360 MHz to the amateur service is therefore validated by ARCEP.

This decision must now be sent to the competent minister for approval and publication in the Official Journal (OJ).

It is only then that the band will be open to traffic, under the conditions provided by the text of the ARCEP.

We will keep you informed.

Jean-Louis Truquet
REF President

Source REF in English at

ARCEP Decision in French

French Government Official Journal in English

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The Space Weather Woman

Saturday 16th November  2019

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov

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First UK demo of the SDRPlay RSPdx receiver

Friday 15th November  2019

Jon Hudson and Andy Carpenter from SDR PLAY will be at the joint Nevada, Waters & Stanton open day, to give the first UK demonstration of their NEW RSPdx SDR receiver.

It has been eagerly awaited with first deliveries scheduled for the end of November.

Andy Carpenter from SDR PLAY

This will be an ideal opportunity to see the SDR in action and to ask questions of the SDRplay “Top Brass”

The Open day is at our Portsmouth warehouse, postcode PO6 1TT - from 10 am to 4pm this Sunday 17th November

Mike Devereux
Managing Director
Nevada Group

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YOTA summer camp in the Americas

Friday 15th November  2019

Taking a cue from IARU Region 1’s Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) annual summer camp, the Youth on the Air committee in IARU Region 2 has announced the first camp for young radio amateurs in the Americas next June

The ARRL report:

Sponsors hope the Region 2 camp, a modified version of the Region 1 camp, will also become an annual event.

The inaugural IARU Region 2 summer camp will take place June 21 – 26 at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township, Ohio, the YOTA committee in IARU Region 2 said. The West Chester Amateur Radio Association (WC8VOA) will host the event. Operating the camp will be Electronic Applications Radio Service, Inc. (EARS), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to wireless technologies and activities.

According to the announcement, the camp will focus on building peer and mentor relationships and taking amateur radio “to the next level.”
Campers will attend workshops and activities in multiple STEM-related subjects, such as radio contesting, electronic kit building, D-Star, APRS, satellite communication, antenna building, and radio direction finding and orienteering. A high-altitude balloon launch is also being planned.
Campers will learn and exercise on-the-air skills at special event station W8Y, at nearby Kings Island Amusement Park.

Read the full ARRL story at

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Bushvalley success in UK Club of the Year Competition

Friday 15th November  2019

Derry Now reports the Bushvalley Amateur Radio Club (ARC) based in Limavady were the 2019 UK Club of the Year Region 8 winners

The newspaper says:

The local group were named as the Region 8 (Northern Ireland) winners after entering the awards earlier this year.

This year was the first year that the club size was not taken into account i.e. small, medium and large, making the awards even more difficult to succeed in.

Over the past year the members at Bushvalley ARC have been extremely active by undertaking field trips to remote islands, mountain trails, summits and also partaking in churches on air, lighthouses on the air and local emergency radio coverage.

The team set sail to Newark-on-Trent to attend the National Hamfest - an event where the winners of the Club of the Year are announced.

Mr Jeff Stanton, Director of W&S PLC, presented the Limavady club with the runner up award.

Bushvallley ARC would like to thank everyone involved for their support and help brings this award to Limavady.

Read the full story at

Bushvalley Amateur Radio Club

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RAC attends Canadian CubeSat meeting

Friday 15th November  2019

On October 7, 8 and 9, 2019, the University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and CubeSat NB hosted the first of three Preliminary Design Review (PDR) meetings for the Canadian CubeSat Project initiated by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

The Canadian Space Agency is providing support and guidance to 15 teams of university and college students across Canada who are building satellites. These satellites are in the “CubeSat” format, based on a standardized architecture of 10 cm cubes. All 15 proposed satellites will be deployed from the International Space Station (ISS), possibly starting in 2021.

UNB CubeSats Group by Annette Wetmore

Radio Amateurs of Canada was present because many of the CubeSat projects are proposing to use Amateur Radio frequencies. RAC Atlantic Director Dave Goodwin, VE9CB, attended the PDR to offer RAC’s insight into these projects and to discuss the processes required to secure frequency coordination for these projects through the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).

At the meeting at UNB, six teams led by students from UNB, the Université de Moncton, New Brunswick Community College, the University of Prince Edward Island, Dalhousie University (NS), Memorial University of Newfoundland with C-CORE, the Université de Sherbrooke (QC) and Concordia University (QC), presented their work to date on designing six satellites. They sought feedback and suggestions from other teams as well as the federal government agencies – the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) – and NanoRacks, the US-based company that provides launch services for the Canadian CubeSat Project.

Following the Fredericton event, similar meetings were also held in London, Ontario and Victoria, British Columbia for Preliminary Design Reviews of the nine other CubeSats in the Canadian CubeSat Project in Ontario, western Canada, and northern Canada.

Designing and constructing CubeSats is a complicated, multi-year process. These projects will develop these students’ skills in many facets of engineering, science, technology, business and project management. Once in orbit, these satellites will assist pure and applied scientific research. Some of these satellites may offer facilities that Radio Amateurs across Canada and around the world can use.

Dave Goodwin, VE9CB and Brent Petersen, VE9EX

Source Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Bulletin

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RSGB report on WRC-19 Days 11 and 12

Thursday 14th November  2019

The RSGB have released a report on days 11 and 12 of the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference being held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from October 28 to November 22, 2019

The report covers the attempt to get a 50 MHz amateur radio allocation in ITU Region 1 (Europe, Africa, Middle East), there's a mention of 5 GHz, WRC-2023/27 Future Agenda Items and a link to the CEPT WRC-19 Status Table.

Read the RSGB WRC-19 days 11 and 12 report at

Read all the RSGB WRC-19 updates at

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Galway Radio Club issue new 48 page newsletter

Thursday 14th November  2019

Galway Radio Club in the west of Ireland have recently launched a new 48 page newsletter which covers some some recent club activities as well as a number of items which may be of interest to a wider audience.

These include...

1) An overview of how an amateur radio digital network was developed in the west of Ireland.
2) An overview of the experimental 5 MHz / 60m band.
3) Antennas for portable operation.
4) Understanding the Ionogram.
5) 160m top band operation.
6) G4HOL multi-band HF horizontal loop.
7) Operating the DVstick 30 - How to communicate on D-Star and DMR without a radio.

For more info, visit...

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Starlink satellites are visible again

Thursday 14th November  2019

They're back. A new train of Starlink satellites is crossing the night sky following SpaceX's Monday launch of 60 more internet-orbiters.

Last night, multiple sky watchers in California saw the ensemble fly in formation over urban areas such as San Diego and Los Angeles. You may be able to see them, too.

Visit today's edition of for photos, video, and observing tips

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HF propagation and earthquakes

Thursday 14th November  2019

For all the successes of modern weather forecasting, where hurricanes, blizzards, and even notoriously unpredictable tornadoes are routinely detected before they strike, reliably predicting one aspect of nature’s fury has eluded us: earthquakes.

The development of plate tectonic theory in the middle of the 20th century and the construction of a worldwide network of seismic sensors gave geologists the tools to understand how earthquakes happened, and even provided the tantalizing possibility of an accurate predictor of a coming quake. Such efforts had only limited success, though, and enough false alarms that most efforts to predict earthquakes were abandoned by the late 1990s or so.

It may turn out that scientists were looking in the wrong place for a reliable predictor of coming earthquakes. Some geologists and geophysicists have become convinced that instead of watching the twitches and spasms of the earth, the state of the skies above might be more fruitful. And they’re using the propagation of radio waves from both space and the ground to prove their point that the ionosphere does some interesting things before and after an earthquake strikes.


While records of the occurrence of earthquakes and their aftermath stretch far back into history, it’s only fairly recently that we’ve learned what actually causes the earth to shake. The geophysics are complicated, but the basics are easy to grasp: when vast tectonic plates floating on the molten rock of the Earth’s mantle move relative to each other at fault lines, friction causes them to stick together. Strain accumulates between them, and when the strain finally overcomes the frictional forces opposing it, the immense potential energy stored in the deformed rock is released, and the ground moves.

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Bouvet Island DXpedition news

Thursday 14th November  2019

Dom, 3Z9DX, posted the following comment on FaceBook/ on November 4th [edited]:

"After a short and solid in-team discussion we decided that all donors, who supported our first attempt to Bouvet in March 2019 with 199 USDs and more, will take part in a similar lottery as we've announced recently in terms of the 2nd Bouvet's attempt. We simply feel we should honor all of our supporters who qualify to enter the lottery.

So, each donor who donated at least 199 USDs and more until March 2019 is able to win a FREE 10 days vacation + sailing trip on our own Rebel Catamaran with a Captain and crew among the Fiji islands. The rules are simple and the same as the current lottery for supporters of the 2nd Bouvet attempt. We will choose 3 donors + 1 accompanying person each, that is 6 people in total. Dates are to be arranged with participants once chosen.

The prize includes 10 days vacation and/or the sailing trip around some amazing Fiji islands (Prize do not include participants insurances, airfares from/to home destinations and food. This can be arranged by our crew on request).

The entire process of the prize drawing and the winners' announcements will be live-streamed online. The prize draw will take place in approx. 2 weeks and will be announced a couple of days earlier. Stay tuned and already crossing fingers for the winners :-)"

For more details and updates on the Bouvet Island DXpedition, watch the following Web page and Media sites at:
This is the main site where you can find more details on the project and news:


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Mount Athos activity

Thursday 14th November  2019

Monk Iakovos, SV2RSG, has been active as SV2RSG/A from the Holy Monastery of Koutloumousiou of Mount Athos. Activity has been on mostly 20 meters at various times between 1100-1830z (some 40m). 
It is interesting that he is now signing with a "/A" ("/A" as meaning of alternative).

Back in July, OPDX was informed that per the DXCC Desk staff, they do not yet have any documentation from Monk Iakovos, SV2RSG, that states he is in fact active from Mount Athos. However, several sources are reporting that Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager, has recently stated "operations by SV2RSG/A (if from Mount Athos must identify '/A') are accepted by ARRL DXCC."

It was verified on Friday, November 8th, (thanks to Goose, W8AV, a Great Lakes DXCC Checker) from the DXCC Desk that SV2RSG/A is good for DXCC.

QSL via SV2RSG/A direct (see


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Saint Martin Island

Thursday 14th November  2019

Operators John/K9EL, Paul/K9NU, Gary/N9AOL, John/W9ILY and Marco/FS4WBS will be active as TO9W from Orient Bay, Saint Martin Island (NA-105) between December 4-13th.

John, K9EL, provides the following update, dated November 4th:
"In less than 30 days, we will be in Saint Martin! We arrive late on December 3rd and we will spend all day December 4th and probably into the 5th setting up antennas.

We will put one station on the air as soon as possible, most likely 20 meters. Ultimately we will be able to have 3 stations operating simultaneously. All antennas will come down on December 13th. We have a new large fiberglass mast for an improved 160 meter TX antenna. We will alternate between CW and FT8 on 160 meters.

Please make sure to update your logging programs to recognize TO9W as Saint Martin. Our intention is activate ClubLog real-time log updates, assuming a steady Internet connection. We plan to upload to LoTW daily.
All questions, comments and requests for schedules should be sent to our pilots, K9NB or W9MK. Our QSL Manager is W9ILY.

73 from the TO9W team

Their activity will be on 160-6 meters but with a focus on 160/80/40 meters. They plan is to operate FT8 in the Fox/Hound mode on DXpedition frequencies. SSB and RTTY are also planned. There will be NO operation on 60 meters or PSK modes. When the normal FT8 frequencies are busy, they will operate Fox/Hound mode on: 3567, 7056, 10131, 14090, 18095, 21091, 24911 and 28091 kHz. If those frequencies are busy, they will announce their operating frequency.

Also, look for them to be in the ARRL 160 Meter Contest between December 6-8th. QSL via W9ILY, LoTW or ClubLog OQRS.

For more details and updates, see:


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Marquesas Islands DXpedition

Thursday 14th November  2019

Members of the CAN-AM DXpedition Group are now active as TX7T from the Island of Hiva Oa in the Marquesas Islands until November 17th.

Operators mentioned are Didier/F6BCW, Bob/K4UEE, Robert/K5PI, Madison/W5MJ, Bill/W5SJ, Robert/W5RF, Neil/VA7DX and Keith/ VE7KW. This includes the operators from TX5T last year.

Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.
Suggested frequencies are:

CW - 1822.5, 3524, 7024, 10108, 14024, 18079, 21024, 24894 and 28024 kHz
SSB - 1848, 3610*, 7082, 14210, 18130, 21285, 24945 and 28485 kHz
RTTY - 3580, 7045, 10142, 14080, 18105, 21080, 24912 and 28080 kHz
FT8** - 1844, 3600, 7056, 10145, 14090, 18095, 21091, 24915 and 28091 kHz
6m - 50105/CW, 50108/SSB and 50316/FT8
* They will likely listen around 3750.
** They will be using Fox/Hound.

Operating frequencies may change based on conditions. Please listen carefully to operator instructions. They will operate split frequency almost 100%.

QSL via Tim Beaumont, M0URX and his OQRS. See QSL instructions on ( for directions. For more details and updates, see:


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Amateur Radio QO-100 Frequency and Doppler measurements

Wednesday 13th November  2019

Andy G4JNT has released on the RSGB-Workshop open group the results of his measurement of frequency accuracy and Doppler of the QO-100 Satellite amateur radio transponder and beacon

He additionally conducted tests using the AMSAT-UK / BATC QO-100 WebSDR at Goonhilly.
See his email with PDF link at

QO-100 information

Listen to QO-100 online with the Goonhilly WebSDR at

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RSGB Board changes

Wednesday 13th November  2019

Following the recent sudden departures from the RSGB Board, two experienced RSGB Members have been co-opted to assist the Board until the AGM in April 2020

Read the RSGB announcement at

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New Austrian ham radio regulations and callbook

Wednesday 13th November  2019

Austria's communications regulator BMVIT has reissued the amateur radio regulations and changed the URL for the popular callbook and other amateur radio information

The new BMVIT directory for amateur radio information, including the new Regulations and Fees, is
In Google English

There is a new application forms folder at

In Austria the amateur radio exams are verbal rather than the written multi-choice used elsewhere. The questions are available on the web and any member of the general public is welcome to attend and listen to an exam.

Number of radio amateurs in Austria (population 9 million) by class as at January 1, 2016:
6192 Class 1 equivalent to CEPT Class 1
    58 Class 3 Entry Level 100 watts on 144 and 430 MHz
    98 Class 4 CEPT Novice 100 watts on 1.8, 3.5, 21, 28, 144 and 430 MHz

Roland Schwab, OE6WDE, has statistically evaluated the call sign list published by the BMVIT. This graphic, based on 2016 data, shows the distribution of licenses

Austrian callbook as at July 1, 2019

Austria's national amateur radio society is the ÖVSV

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23cm amplifier design now available

Wednesday 13th November  2019

John Worsnop G4BAO has made freely available the details of his 23cm 45W amplifier that was published in RadCom in June 2009

John took to Twitter to announce that he will no longer be stocking these kits and the design is now in the public domain under an MIT licence.

He's included a copy of the original article, Eagle board and schematic files, plus Gerber files for the PCB.

See the 23cm-45W-PA on GitHub at

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Ham radio microwave update proceedings released

Wednesday 13th November  2019

Proceedings of the amateur radio Microwave Update 2019, held in Dallas Texas October 3-5, have been published as a PDF and are now available for free download

Download the Proceedings PDF from

GNU Radio Workshop Notebook

North Texas Microwave Society

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Amazing movie of the Mercury transit from space

Wednesday 13th November  2019

Millions of people recently witnessed the tiny black form of Mercury crossing the disk of the sun.

A just-released movie from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the transit more than 22,000 miles above Earth--and it is amazing.

To see the movie and other out-of-this-world views (including a double transit of Mercury and the Hubble Space Telescope) visit today's edition of

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Saint Martin DXpedition

Wednesday 13th November  2019

Members of the Hope Hill Contesters are announcing a DXpedition to Saint Martin (NA-105) for Dec. 3 to 13.

After setting up their rigs, they hope to operate with up to three rigs from Dec. 5 with a focus on the low bands (CW, FT8).

Operators are Paul/K9NU, John/W9ILY, Gary/N9AOL, John/K9EL, and Marco/FS4WBS.

QSL via ClubLog OQRS, W9ILY, LoTW.

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 13th November  2019

Island activities:

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

AF-032; 5H, Zanzibar Island: Alex/K2BB, Serg/RT5D, Sasha/UT7UV, Oleg/US7UX, and Pavel/UU0JR will be active from Zanzibar Island (WLOTA 1080, WW Loc. KI93) between Nov. 15 and 30 as 5H3UA and 5H3EME on HF and VHF on CW, SSB, digital modes, and via EME. EME is planned for 6m, 2m, and maybe also 70cm. They will also participate in the CQ WW contest. QSL via K2BB (d/B), LoTW.

AF-086; D4, Windward Islands (aka Barlavento): Eric/OE4AAC will be signing D4CC from Sal Island (WLOTA 0610) between the 17th and 30th on 40 to 10m (CW, some FT8) and during the CQ WW contest. QSL via OE4AAC (d/B), LoTW, ClubLog OQRS.

AS-123, TA, Icel/Adana/ Hatay Province group and AS-115, TA, Antalya Province group: Vasily/R7AL and Vlad/RK8A plan to activate the following Turkish islands as TA0/homecalls: o Nov. 11-14: Bogsak Island - AS-123 o Nov. 15-17: Suluada Island - AS-115 All trips depend on favourable weather conditions. QSL via ClubLog OQRS.

NA-001; C6, Great Bahama Bank group: C6AGU will be operated by Tomi/HA7RY, Feco/HA8KW, Michael/KN4EEI, and George/AA7JV between Nov. 15 and Dec. 9 from Wood Cay Island (WW Loc: FL16ii). QRV with a focus on 160 and 80m and for the CQ WW and ARRL 160m contests.
QSL via HA7RY.

NA-002; VP5, Caicos Islands: Dennis/K2SX, Jo/KZ5D, Les/W2LK, Bill/AC0W, and James/K4QPL will be signing VP5/homecalls between Nov. 19 and 26. During the CQ WW contest they will be active together as VP5M. QSL via homecalls, VP5M via K4QPL (d).

NA-057; HR, Bahia Islands: Alan/N3AD pays Roatan Island a visit  between the 18th and 25th. QRV holiday-style as HR9/N3AD on 160 to 6m and during the CQ WW contest. QSL via W3HNK.

OC-027; FO, Marquesas Islands: Following the TX7T DXpedition, Didier/F6BCW will be active as FO/F6BCW from Hiva Oa Island on 40 and 20m between Nov. 19 and 25. QSL via F6BCW (d).

OC-150; YB9, Tenggara Barat Islands: Burkhard/DL3KZA will be operating holiday-style together with Indonesian friends from Sumbawa and Lombok Island between Nov. 14 and Dec. 2 as YB9/DL3KZA on HF (SSB, FT8). QSL via DL3KZA (d/B).

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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WRC-19 Update: Week 2

Tuesday 12th November  2019

Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN – RAC Special Advisor

The World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) is being held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from October 28 to November 22, 2019. 

The International Amateur Radio Union’s Executive with the International Telecommunication Union’s Secretary General, Houlin Zhao, at WRC-19.
From left: IARU Vice-President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR; IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH; ITU Secretary General Houlin Zhao; and IARU Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ

Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, the RAC Special Advisor at World Radiocommunication Conferences, has provided the following update. We will also be including a report on the proceedings and outcomes of WRC-19 in a future issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine.

We are now two weeks into the World Radiocommunication Conference and the following is a quick summary of the status of the Amateur Radio issues which I outlined in my article in the November-December 2019 issue of The Canadian Amateur.

Six Metres for ITU Region 1

An allocation in six metres is taking shape. It has been a long and frustrating process and it is not quite over yet. Once it is “in the bag” I should be able to give you a definitive summary of what it will look like. Remember, our best case scenario has been that Amateurs in ITU Region 1 have a 4 MHz primary allocation similar to what has been available for decades in the other two ITU regions.

There are, however, a number of considerations which make this a difficult and unlikely outcome. The hoped-for allocation, however, should protect all existing arrangements while formalizing new options throughout the region. Hopefully, it will soon be possible to provide additional information.

47 GHz and 5G Mobile Telephony

The selection of frequency bands for 5G International Mobile Telephony continues to consume the time of many of the delegates to the Conference. The good news, however, and as reported earlier, is that the Conference has signed off with “No Change” for our primary allocation in 47 metres to 47.2 GHz.

Wireless Access Systems in 5 GHz

Our 6 cm secondary allocation in Region 2 is 5650 to 5925 MHz. Note: In the other two regions the upper limit is 5850 MHz.

For the 5850 – 5925 MHz segment the Conference has chosen “No Change” and this is a good outcome for Amateurs. The same outcome is hoped for the 5725 – 5850 MHz segment, but this is  still very much a work in progress as various footnoted exceptions are in discussion. Some of these are outcomes which Amateurs probably could live with as they restrict new mobile allocations to indoor use only and low (200 mW EIRP) power.

Other proposals are less welcome and we are hopeful the final verdict on this segment is either “No Change” as in the CITEL Inter-American Proposal or limited to tolerable changes of the type mentioned above.

Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Vehicles

This Agenda Item does not seek an allocation for Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Vehicles (WPT(EV)). Instead, it requests that studies identify which frequency ranges might be used with the least chance of causing harmful interference to radio services.

The Conference accepted the proposed frequency ranges, 19 – 25 kHz for “high” power and 79 – 90 kHz for “medium” power, and also the wording in the proposal emphasizing the need to continue studies into the interference potential of this technology to radio services at and above their operating frequencies. Essentially, this outcome has met the Amateur community’s objectives.

Agenda for Future Conferences (WRC-23 and WRC-27)

In a welcome departure from the process followed in previous Conferences, a review of the proposals for the next Conference planned for 2023 and, in certain cases, the Conference following – tentatively scheduled for 2027 – has begun early and with extensive involvement of the Conference delegations.

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in particular has followed carefully a proposal by the CEPT, the European association, to study the compatibility of the Amateur secondary allocation in 1240 to 1300 MHz with the receivers used with the Galileo RNSS (GPS) system. There has been at least one instance of such interference.

The Amateur community would much prefer that this interference case be dealt with using existing mitigation processes – as it has been – rather than four years of study over the appropriateness of the Amateur allocation. The verdict is still out on whether this viewpoint will prevail.

The IARU has also carefully watched a 2023 proposal for an Earth Exploration Satellite System (EESS) using space-based radars in 40 – 50 MHz. While there are references in the proposal for protection, we have concerns that the new radars adequately protect the work done by Amateurs in our adjacent 50 – 54 MHz six-metre band.

Finally, despite the exotic location of this Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, compared with the usual venue in Geneva, Switzerland it is worth mentioning that WRC’s are gruelling experiences for all the delegates including those who are here defending Amateur Radio. Time spent at the Conference Centre can routinely stretch to 8 to 12 hours a day and this has included Saturdays and Sundays. It is worth emphasizing, however, as I pointed out in my article “The Importance of Showing Up”, that Amateur Radio would probably not survive in its present form if dedicated Amateurs were not willing and able to participate in these processes.

And, while I will return to this at the conclusion of WRC-19, I would like to acknowledge that once again, as in all previous ITU Conferences, the Canadian Delegation has extended every courtesy and accommodation to me and to our work for Radio Amateurs, and for this Canadian Amateurs are truly blessed.

Canadian Amateurs make this possible through the  Defence of Amateur Radio Fund ( DARF) so as to be able to cover the transportation and living expenses of our delegate at World Radiocommunication Conferences and at the Preparatory Meetings in Geneva in the intervening years. Try to think of this when you renew your RAC membership or when your club has some funds to spare.

Ma’a Salama  from WRC-19 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN
RAC Special Advisor

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Keep an eye on the neighborhood with this passive radar

Tuesday 12th November  2019

If your neighborhood is anything like ours, walking across the street is like taking your life in your own hands. Drivers are increasingly unconcerned by such trivialities as speed limits or staying under control, and anything goes when they need to connect Point A to Point B in the least amount of time possible. Monitoring traffic with this passive radar will not do a thing to slow drivers down, but it’s a pretty cool hack that will at least yield some insights into traffic patterns.

The principle behind active radar – the kind police use to catch speeders in every neighborhood but yours – is simple: send a microwave signal towards a moving object, measure the frequency shift in the reflected signal, and do a little math to calculate the relative velocity. A passive radar like the one described in the article linked below is quite different.
Rather than painting a target with an RF signal, it relies on signals from other transmitters, such as terrestrial TV or radio outlets in the area.

Two different receivers are used, both with directional antennas. One points to the area to be monitored, while the other points directly to the transmitter. By comparing signals reflected off moving objects received by the former against the reference signal from the latter, information about the distance and velocity of objects in the target area can be obtained.

The RTL-SDR test used a pair of cheap Yagi antennas for a nearby DVB-T channel to feed their KerberosSDR four-channel coherent SDR, a device we last looked at when it was still in beta. Essentially four SDR dongles on a common board, it’s available now for $149. Using it to build a passive radar might not save the neighborhood, but it could be a lot of fun to try.

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Isle of Wight community arts radio station launches crowdfunder to support latest exciting plans

Tuesday 12th November  2019

The team behind the Isle of Wight’s home to experimental radio broadcasting, Wolverton FM, are planning to run a series of Radio Clubs around the Island, where you’ll be able to join in. Find out more and how you can support the plans

“In a time when vast swathes of media and art are diluted through restrictions from corporate interests and commodification of absolutely everything, we believe that radio is potentially the last surviving means of broadcasting that is unfiltered and untarnished by the limitations of mainstream communications languages and media industries."

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Happy 95th birthday to the Durban Amateur Radio Club

Tuesday 12th November  2019

The SARL congratulates the Durban Amateur Radio Club on its 95th birthday.

The birthday function was held on Saturday 2 November at the Clubhouse.

SARL President Nico, ZS6QL, Vice President Chris, ZS6GM and Treasurer Cliff, ZS6BOX attended the lunch and met with the committee, members and guests present

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WRC-19 Day 9 and 10: Satellites, 50 MHz and 1240-1300 MHz

Monday 11th November  2019

The RSGB have released a report on days 9 and 10 of the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference being held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from October 28 to November 22, 2019

RSGB Spectrum Forum Chair Murray G6JYB talking to delegates at WRC-19

The report covers Satellites, HF (7 MHz), a proposed 50 MHz band for the Amateur Service only (not Amateur-Satellite Service) and Future Agenda Items including the 1240-1300 MHz band where a number of countries wish to restrict (or remove) amateur radio operation to "protect" GNSS systems. Both the European Galileo (due for completion 2020) and Japan's Quasi-Zenith (QZSS) (due for completion 2023) have downlinks that transmit across 1260-1300 MHz.

Read the RSGB report at

Read the RSGB WRC-19 updates at

CEPT ECC Report covers the key Agenda Item 1.1 on a 50 MHz Amateur Service band in ITU Region 1

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IARU release week 2 WRC-19 report

Monday 11th November  2019

IARU President Tim Ellam VE6SH/G4HUA reports the WRC-19 week 2 report is now available on the IARU website

Regarding Agenda Item 1.1 for an Amateur Service allocation at 50 MHz in ITU Region 1 (Europe, Africa, Middle-East) the IARU say:

"administrations came to Sharm El-Sheikh with disparate views ranging from a 4-MHz primary allocation to no allocation at all, so a delicate compromise had to be fashioned to reach a positive outcome."

"The compromise will be reviewed at the Working Group and Committee levels over the next few days but will not become final until the second reading of the document in the Plenary, which may not occur until the fourth week."

The news release by IARU Secretary Dave K1ZZ is available at

Tim  VE6SH/G4HUA suggest amateurs consider joining the new ARRL-IARU email group at

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ICQPodcast - Pocket Electronic Workshop

Monday 11th November  2019

In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Ruth Willet KM4LAO to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is Pocket Electronic Workshop.

We would like to thank Joey Ferguson (W4JF) and our monthly and annual subscription donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit -

News stories include: -

• AM Amateur Radio Europe announce the AM QSO Party 2020
• HackSpace magazine Antenna Article
• West Point Cadets use Amateur Radio to Contact ISS
• Build a Long-Distance Data Network using Ham Radio
• FCC Asked to Clarify Amateur Rules Governing Encrypted or Encoded Messages
• New Arkansas Beacon on Air
• Saudi Arabia and Seychelles join IARU
• Irish Digital Radio Stations to Close

The ICQPodcast can be downloaded from

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Ham radio reaching 'an Inflection Point'

Monday 11th November  2019

IARU President Tim Ellam VE6SH/G4HUA has told national amateur radio societies that they are failing to keep up with changes in the hobby

The ARRL reports:

Participants at the 45th meeting of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council (AC) in late September discussed the organization’s role in advancing amateur radio going forward.

IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, who chaired the AC meeting in Lima, Peru, observed that the IARU and amateur radio are reaching what he called “an inflection point.” He asserted that amateur radio is changing, but the IARU and its member-societies are not.

Ellam’s remarks prefaced a wide-ranging discussion of the challenges to be overcome if the IARU and amateur radio itself are to remain relevant.

Read the full ARRL story at

Read the IARU meeting summary at

Other IARU meeting summaries are at

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Hackaday: Just how simple can a Transceiver be?

Monday 11th November  2019

Writing on Hackaday Jenny List G7CKF describes a simple low cost amateur radio transceiver for the 7 MHz band

We’ve frequently talked about amateur radio on these pages, both in terms of the breadth of the hobby and the surprisingly low barrier to entry.
It’s certainly the case that amateur radio does not have to mean endlessly calling CQ on SSB with an eye-wateringly expensive rig, and Bill Meara N2CQR is on hand with a description of a transceiver that’s so simple it only uses one transistor.

Read the Hackaday story at

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Major donation for Club Log

Monday 11th November  2019

CDXC, the UK DX Foundation, has announced a donation of $2,600 to Club Log for significant hardware upgrades. The grant is in addition to the $650 CDXC donates each year to support the site.

Established in 2008, Club Log has become an essential tool for DXers and DXPeditions.

The hardware upgrade will improve resiliency, enhance performance, and facilitate further innovation.

“Wow, amazing! Totally amazing — thank you, thank you!” was the reaction of Club Log author Michael, G7VJR.

Supported by a team of volunteers around the world, Club Log hosts 590 million contacts and serves 69,000 active users.


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BARTG GB60ATG special event

Monday 11th November  2019

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

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

More information can be found on the BARTG Web site on

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 11th November  2019

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 3rd November, through Sunday, 10th November there were 210 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, 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, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FO/m, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, 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, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TU, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP6, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, VU7, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS


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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 11th November  2019

Island activities:

AS-115/AS-123. Operators Vasily/R7AL and Vlad/RK8A plan to activate from the following Turkish IOTA islands using the callsigns TA0/R7AL and TA0/RK8A: November 11-14th -- Bogsak Island (AS-123) November 15-17th -- Suluada Island (AS-115)
Activation depends on the local weather conditions. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS.

OC-150. Burkhard, DL3KZA, will once again be active as YB9/DL3KZA from Lombok Island and Sumbawa Island between November 14th and December 2nd. Activity usually has been on 20/15 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

SA-058. Members of the Grupo DX Caracas will be active as YW5F from Farallon Centinela (ARLHS VEN 010, WLOTA LH 0012) between November 22-24th. Operators mentioned are Ramon/YV5EED, Victor/YV5ZV, Nelson/YV5NR, Gregorio/YV5OK and John/YV5IUA.
Activity will be on 160-2 meters using CW, SSB, FM and FT8.  with Suggested frequencies:

CW - 1825, 3515, 7010, 10106, 14025, 18075, 21023, 24905 and 28030 kHz
SSB - 1848, 3790, 7160, 14190, 18157, 21285, 24975 and 28480 kHz
FT8 - 3573, 7074, 10136, 14078, 18100, 21074, 24915 and 28074 kHz
6m - 50090/CW, 50155/SSB and 50313/FT8
2m - 146520/FM
QSL via YV5DTA. For more details and updates, watch

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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Practical Wireless highlights Beginners licence proposal

Sunday 10th November  2019

The editor of Practical Wireless magazine Don Field G3XTT reports on the proposal by the RSGB VHF Manager John Regnault G4SWX for a new Beginner's licence in the UK

Don provides PW readers with a link to the interview John gave to Essex Ham about the new licence at the recent RSGB Convention in Milton Keynes.

You can read Don's editorial and also a full report on October's RSGB Convention in the December issue of Practical Wireless available at

A Proposal for a Beginner Amateur Licence

Ham Chat UK open group - Discuss the future of amateur radio

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Russian OTH Radar Contayner now everywhere

Sunday 10th November  2019

The latest IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports the Russian Over-The-Horizon Radar Contayner has been active in the 7, 10, 14 and 18 MHz amateur radio allocations

The OTH radar transmissions have been 40 sps, FMOP and 12 kHz wide. Additionally IARUMS reports there has been a significant increase in Russian military traffic using F1B, PSK and OFDM in the 7, 10, 14 and 21 MHz bands.

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 October 2019 newsletter can be read at

Recordings of military transmissions can be found on the Signal Identification Guide Wiki at

Reports of Amateur Band intruders can be logged on the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System Logger at

Monitor the short wave bands on-line with a web based SDR receiver at

IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS)

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IARU Region 1 - December is YOTA Month

Sunday 10th November  2019

The SARL reports that December is YOTA Month, when several youngsters from Member Societies will become active on the air with YOTA as suffix in the call signs.

From Sunday 1 December to Tuesday 31 December 2019, international YOTA stations, operated by young amateurs in their teens and early 20s, will attempt to make many contacts worldwide with each other. This event is aimed at our young generation and is an excellent opportunity for clubs to get youngsters on the air who are interested in or want to find out more about Amateur Radio.

It is not a formal contest, but a way to get our current young amateurs on the air contacting hundreds of other youngsters around the world.
The SARL has registered a special call sign ZS9YOTA on the IARU Region 1 website as an educational call sign for use by clubs and individuals during December. All radio amateurs are welcome to enjoy a QSO with the youngsters, be aware that some of them are new to the radio hobby, while others are more experienced.

To reserve a slot to use the ZS9YOTA call sign on a daily basis or for more information please contact Noel, ZR6DX via e-mail at or alternatively to Nico, ZS6QL at
The schedule and applicable rules will be available on the SARL website soon.

Looking forward to hearing our younger generation on the air during December!

The South African Radio League

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That time the U.S. military launched a half a billion needles to space for reasons...

Sunday 10th November  2019

In this video:
In the early 1960s, international communications were limited to transmissions through undersea cables or occasionally unreliable radio signals bounced off of the ionosphere. As you might imagine from this, many in the Western world weren’t too keen on the state of the situation given that were to someone, say, the Soviet Union, cut those cables before launching an attack, international communications with overseas forces and foreign allies would have to rely on the mood of said ionosphere.

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Technical clarification to Ofcom’s ‘calling line identification’ guidelines

Sunday 10th November  2019

Ofcom is consulting on a technical clarification to its ‘calling line identification’ guidelines.

These guidelines are designed to help phone companies comply with our requirements that information carried with a call – and the numbers displayed to people receiving them – must be valid, dialable and uniquely identify the caller.

This information can help people to screen incoming calls from numbers they don’t recognise. It can also help regulators to trace those responsible for making nuisance calls.

More details on our proposed changes to the guidance are available.

We are seeking views by 6 December 2019.

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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 9th November  2019

Where is North?

The other day we were aligning an antenna for a contest. It had slipped on the rotator pole during a recent storm and when the rotator was set to zero it was pointing somewhere south east. Not ideal if you want to point your antenna at a particular station.

The topic of the direction of north came up. There was vague hand-pointing, some mobile phone compass magic performed and north was arrived at. I asked if that compass took into account magnetic declination which in turn was met with blank stares.

So, what is magnetic declination and where is north?

It's likely that in school your first physics lesson was around magnetism. Playing with magnets is an easy way to start the conversation around science. One thing you learn in school is that opposite magnets attract. A north pole to a south pole and so on. A compass is a simple magnet with a north and a south pole. So, the north pole of the compass is attracted to the south magnetic pole of the Earth.

This means that the Earth's north magnetic pole is currently at the bottom of the Earth. Also, while we're on the subject, the magnetic field lines that leave a magnet are defined as being the north pole of that magnet. So on top of the planet the magnetic field lines enter the Earth and at the bottom of the planet they leave the Earth.

That definition of north and south was the first to be used and it was pretty successful in getting sailing ships all around the globe. Since then the definition has changed into defining the poles as the points around which the Earth rotates on its axis. The north pole is the one on your left as you face the rising Sun.

So, the north pole that you and I talk about in day-to-day conversation refers to an imaginary point where the Earth rotates around you and you stay still - ignoring for a moment that the Earth is hurtling around the Sun and the Sun is moving around in the Solar System and the Solar System is moving in the Milky Way Galaxy and its moving inside the Universe, turtles all the way down.

In case you're wondering how fast you're moving while you're standing still, it's in the order of 360 km per second in relation to the cosmic background radiation. By the time you've finished this you'll have moved about a hundred thousand kilometres from where you started.

The subtle difference between the definition of north being related to the magnetic pole and the rotation axis means that there's a difference where your compass points and where north is. You probably already knew this.

You might not know that the amount of distance between both the magnetic poles and the rotation poles changes over time. The magnetic poles of the Earth are constantly moving. That's pretty straight forward, but there's more. The Earth's magnetic field isn't pretty. It's not all straight lines and unicorns. It's messy, very messy. And the mess is moving. Normally there's a new map published every five years, but sometimes that's not enough to account for the movement. For example, early in 2019 a new map was published out of sequence to account for changes that were larger than expected.

Why the map you ask? Because field lines are not straight. You'll find all manner of weird shapes and swirls. This means that where ever you are on Earth, your compass is pointing in a different direction, because it's not pointing at the magnetic pole, it's aligned with the magnetic field line which could be as much as 20 degrees off, in either direction, so 40 degrees error could make you completely miss Australia as you're sailing around the planet.

If this is beginning to sound a little familiar, you might consider our Sun. Every sunspot is a magnetic pole. They come in pairs, a magnetic north pole where the magnetic field leaves the Sun and a magnetic south pole where it enters the Sun. If you've come across the impact of the Sun on radio communications and the ionosphere, you'll already know that the Sun is a turbulent place. Sunspots come and go, they move around, there's cycles within cycles, solar minima, maxima, pole reversals, lots of stuff that makes this a variable feast.

The Earth is doing this too. Not as fast, not as hard, not as big as the Sun, but measurable and a rich source of research for Geophysicists and Geologists, since we can even figure out that the magnetic field on Earth reverses itself, has done many times, just like the Sun.

So, next time you get the question, where's north, check out the magnetic declination map for your location, you might be surprised where your compass is pointing, it's almost certainly not north.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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Annual Open Day

Saturday 9th November  2019

Sunday 17th November sees the return of the joint NEVADA and Waters & Stanton open day from 10am to 4pm at our Portsmouth Warehouse.

See attached banner – we will have representatives from manufacturers, the R.S.G.B and CDXC  in attendance, plus every visitor will get a free Burger and drink!

This is the time when we open up our warehouse, pull out lots of goodies for clearance and offer discounts on all out products.

Last year over 350 people attended, so we look forward to welcoming even more this year!

Mike Devereux

Nevada Group
Unit 1 Fitzherbert Spur
Tel: + (44) (0) 2392 313090

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CW Activity Week starts Monday Nov 11

Saturday 9th November  2019

The CW activity week organised by the Essex CW Amateur Radio Club (ECWARC) starts on Monday, November 11 and continues until the end of Sunday, November 17

This is a friendly non-contest style event to encourage CW operators old and new. QRS operators especially made welcome. Whilst the object is operate as many radio amateurs as possible in a week, it is hoped that a QSO goes beyond just an exchange of RST and becomes a CW chat for as long a duration as you wish. Good luck.

Activity Week information

Essex CW Amateur Radio Club

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Ham radio 600W broadband HF amplifier

Saturday 9th November  2019

Dan Maloney KC1DJT writes on Hackaday about a 600W broadband HF amplifier using affordable LDMOS devices

Typically, amateur radio operators use the minimum power needed to accomplish a contact. That’s just part of being a good spectrum citizen, and well-earned bragging rights go to those who make transcontinental contacts on the power coming from a coin cell. But sometimes quantity has a quality all its own, and getting more power into the ether is what the contact requires. That’s where builds such as this well-engineered 600W broadband RF amplifier come into play.

See Dan's report and watch the video at

Original article by Razvan on the QRP Blog at

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UK University Amateur Radio

Saturday 9th November  2019

A new group has been formed to promote Amateur Radio and wireless activities in universities across the United Kingdom

The President of the Swansea Radio Society Peter Barnes M0SWN says he's working on a Wiki to build a useful resource, see

You can find UK University Amateur Radio at

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CEPT ECC report on WRC-19

Saturday 9th November  2019

The CEPT ECC have released their report on the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference which after 2 weeks has reached its halfway point

The CEPT ECC Report covers the key Agenda Item 1.1 on a 50 MHz amateur radio band in ITU Region 1, read the report at

Read the RSGB WRC-19 updates at

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The Malaysian Simulated Emergency Test 2019 (MySET)

Friday 8th November  2019

The Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters' Society (MARTS) will do an emcomm simulations named The Malaysian Simulated Emergency Test 2019 (MySET) Communications Exercise Plan, on Saturday, November 9th, 2019 from 9:00 PM to 12:00 Midnight ( Malaysian Standard Time) - GMT +8 ( 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM - GMT ) and will use both VHF and HF Frequencies, we noted only for HF Frequencies, please "keep clear" on 7.110 MHz (40m), 21.360 MHz (15m) and 14.300 MHz (20m) as their CoA Frequencies.

The primary goal of this exercise may be used to shape amateur radio communications policy in the future. It is important to assess our ability to provide communications to ensure that amateur radio operators are prepared to respond effectively when a disaster disrupts or overloads normal means of communication.

The specific objective for this communications exercise is to develop a Simulated Incident Relay Map for all states. This relay map would be important so that during disaster, information can be sent to its destination efficiently.

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Hamfest India this weekend

Friday 8th November  2019

Hamfest India 2019 will organize workshops and sessions on various topics like Homebrew, Antennas and Satellite Communication, plus many more events in HFI 2019

Hamfest India is an Annual event conducted by group of enthusiastic Amateur Radio Operators in India. It is held in different places across india to Promote Amateur Radio, create awareness about Amateur Radio, showcase new trends and developments in Amateur Radio and promote tourism.

At last year’s Hamfest India 2018 in Bangalore, it was decided to host Hamfest India 2019 in Kanyakumari. Consequently this  year Hamfest India 2019 is being held on 8th to 10th November 2019 in Kanyakumari.

Read more at:

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The Space Weather Woman

Friday 8th November  2019

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov

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A new world record on 630 meters ?

Friday 8th November  2019

SARL News report that Eric Tichansky, NO3M and Roger Crofts, VK4YB, are claiming a new world distance record on 630 meters (472 to 479 kHz). They worked each other on 14 October at 10:32 UTC using the JT9 mode.

Eric said the contact represented the culmination of 2 years of effort around every equinox since September 2017. "Hopes were wearing thin as we were moving away from the recent equinox on 23 September," he said.

"Even when the path may have been open over the past 3 weeks, either end would be plagued with QRN." He said that while the opening that facilitated the record-breaking contact was not comparably as strong as past openings, "something special was obviously at play."

The contact covered 14 979 kilometres, topping the previous record of 13 441 kilometres set by Roger Crofts, VK4YB and Kenneth Roberson, K5DNL, by nearly 1 538 kilometres.

Eric said his transmit antenna is a 20,5 metre top-loaded vertical and the receive antenna is a full-sized eight-circle array comprised of short vert icals. The transmit/receive at VK4YB is a linear-loaded vertical.

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Signs of life from Solar Cycle 25

Friday 8th November  2019

The sun is currently in the pits of a century-class Solar Minimum.  However, the quiet won't last forever.

This week, a sunspot from new Solar Cycle 25 appeared on the sun and unleashed a minor solar flare. These are signs that Solar Cycle 25 is sputtering to life, heralding a new Solar Max in the years ahead.

Visit today's edition of for the full story

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Radio Adventures with Richard - a new video series

Thursday 7th November  2019

Richard Newstead G3CWI, CEO of SOTABEAMS has started releasing videos under the banner 'Radio Adventures with Richard'.

His YouTube channel will focus on his interests in portable operating but may well cover other topics. He intends the videos to be informative and even entertaining.  His first video, looks at the advantages of binaural reception for CW operators. He hopes to produce videos weekly. 

The first of "Radio Adventures" series is available to view here: 


Richard Newstead G3CWI

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W1AW to commemorate ham radio spanning Atlantic

Thursday 7th November  2019

ARRL report W1AW will be on-the-air December 11 to commemorate the 98th anniversary of the first Amateur Radio signals to span the Atlantic

The ARRL say:

December 11 marks the 98th anniversary of the success of ARRL’s Transatlantic Tests in 1921, organized to see if low-power amateur radio stations could be heard across the Atlantic using shortwave frequencies (i.e., above 200 meters).

On that day, a message transmitted by a group of Radio Club of America members at 1BCG in Greenwich, Connecticut, was copied by Paul Godley, 2ZE, in Scotland.

While the first two-way contact would not take place until 1923, the 1921 transatlantic success marked the beginning of what would become routine communication between US radio amateurs and those in other parts of the world — literally the birth of DX.

To commemorate this amateur radio milestone, Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will be on the air through the day on December 11 with volunteer operators. The goal is to encourage contacts between radio amateurs in the US and Europe while showcasing the significance of the transmissions that pioneered global communication and laid the groundwork for technology widely used today. The event will run from 1300 until 0000 UTC.

Some details are still being worked out, but operation will focus on 40 and 20 meters (SSB).

Contact Clark Burgard, N1BCG, for more information n1bcg <at>

Source ARRL

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AMSAT Engineering Update

Thursday 7th November  2019

A new YouTube release is an update from AMSAT's Engineering team regarding Fox, GOLF, and other AMSAT Engineering projects

The presentation was given on day two of the 2019 AMSAT Space Symposium in Arlington, VA on October 19, 2019.

Watch 2019 AMSAT Space Symposium - Engineering Update

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Irish digital radio stations to close

Thursday 7th November  2019

RTÉ's digital radio stations - RTÉ 2XM, RTÉ Pulse, RTÉ Gold, RTÉjr Radio and RTÉ Radio 1 Extra - will cease.

Many measures are planned as RTÉ reveals plans including cutting jobs and pay to address its financial crisis.

Details here:

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RSGB WRC-19 Update: 23cms and A Long Day

Wednesday 6th November  2019

The RSGB WRC-19 team had posted an update on activities at the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference during Tuesday, November 5

A somewhat difficult start to the day’s proceedings began with another AI-10 Proposal being introduced for WRC-23 – protecting RNSS (Galileo etc) from secondary amateur usage in the 23cm band.

Read the RSGB Day 7 report at

Other RSGB WRC-19 updates at

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Australian Foundation Manual Supplement

Wednesday 6th November  2019

Australia's WIA has released a free PDF supplement to the Foundation training manual following the removal of unnecessary restrictions from the licence

On September 12 this year the communications regulator, ACMA, announced wide-ranging amendments to the regulatory conditions for the amateur radio Foundation licence.

The amendments increase the flexibility, utility, and relevance of the Foundation licence by removing unnecessary restrictions, while balancing the risk of interference to other radio spectrum users.

Foundation holders are now permitted to:

- Supervise an unlicenced person on-air
- Remotely operate their station from a Smartphone
- Use transmitters they have built themselves
- Use all digital modes

Download the Training Manual Supplement

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IARU Region 1 ban alcohol at YOTA events

Wednesday 6th November  2019

IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie G3BJ reported to the IARU Administrative Council meeting in Lima about the decision to ban alcohol at future YOTA amateur radio events

The September 2019 IARU Administrative Council Meeting Summary says:

"Mr. Beattie reported on an incident at the recent YOTA camp in Bulgaria that has led Region 1 to tighten its rules for YOTA events including a ban on alcohol. Mr. Garpestad commented that because non-youth ARDF championships mainly involve adults, such a ban for those events would represent a challenge in order to ensure alcohol does not come into the hands of minors at the events."

Read the meeting summary at

Other meeting summaries are at

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Statue to commemorate Fern Blodgett Sunde and the Battle of the Atlantic

Wednesday 6th November  2019

A volunteer steering committee, along with its community partner, the Cobourg Museum Foundation, will erect a life-sized bronze statue commemorating Fern Blodgett Sunde (1918-1991), the first Canadian woman to earn a professional radio operator’s licence, and the first female radio operator  –  a 'Sparks'  –  to work at sea.

Breaking naval barriers, Fern served aboard the M/S Mosdale during the Second World War’s Battle of the Atlantic, which was the long, deadly struggle between the Allied and Axis powers to control vital shipping lanes.

Educational materials, as well as an unveiling ceremony in October 2020, will pay tribute to Fern, and to all Canadian naval forces and merchant mariners who served at sea during the Battle. The statue and plaque will be located at the Cobourg, Ontario waterfront. Tyler Fauvelle, a Canadian professional sculptor whose public bronze monuments include three military commemorations, will create the artwork. 

How a young Canadian found herself the only woman on a Norwegian merchant vessel, serving her country as a radio operator during 78 dangerous transatlantic crossings in a theatre of war, breaking educational and maritime barriers to get there, is a fascinating story.

The Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) is committed to telling that story.
A tribute to Fern Blodgett Sunde was published in the September/October 2019 issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine and is freely available at

“We are very happy to promote this exciting event,” says RAC President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA. “Many of us use skills developed in the Amateur Radio Service to provide communications support for community events, and in times of emergency. We are keenly interested in the history of communications, and we’re proud to share the story of the first female Sparks at sea.”

Next year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, and of the Battle of the Atlantic. October, when the monument will be unveiled, is Women’s History Month in Canada. “We need to see more notable Canadian women celebrated in our communities, with these types of public commemoration,” says Leona Woods, Committee Chair. “This is also a story of remembrance  –  Canadians played an important role in the Battle of the Atlantic, and we must not forget.”

For more information about the commemoration, contact Committee Chair Leona Woods at

Donations may be made online at the Cobourg Museum Foundation website: Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more.

For more information about Radio Amateurs of Canada, and to read the article, please visit

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Wednesday 6th November  2019

Our goal is to bring together Amateur Radio operators who enjoy communicating by Morse Code (CW).

CWops encourages the use of CW in Amateur communications, and it supports CW activity through planned events. CWops promotes goodwill among Amateurs throughout the world, and it fosters the education of young people and others in matters related to Amateur Radio.

CWops is International in scope, membership and management. Its focus is the use of CW, whether for contesting, DXing or ragchewing. Moreover, it supports every form of sending — if it’s CW, CWops supports it!

The procedure for becoming a member is explained on the Membership page. See the BYLAWS and the ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION for the details of how the Club is administered, its goals, and membership process.
To find CWops friends on the bands, look “on the 8’s”: CWops Primary Frequencies (MHz):
1.818, 3.528, 7.028, 10.118, 14.028, 18.078, 21.028, 24.908, and 28.028
CU on the bands soon!

Check them out here:

CW OPS also run the CW academy
CW Academy is a program put on by the CW Operators’ Club aimed at increasing the number of competent CW operators on the HF CW sub-bands. It addresses all levels of enthusiasts: from those aspiring to become licensed operators who want to learn and use Morse code; to veteran operators who are intent on increasing their CW skills, speed and

Check out their website here:


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Ofcom makes new rules for mobile phone repeaters

Wednesday 6th November  2019

Ofcom has today made changes to the technical requirements for using mobile phone repeaters in vehicles.

In 2018, we made regulations to allow the use of certain types of mobile repeaters, which help improve reception, without the need for a licence.

The new technical specifications allow for increases to the maximum system gain allowed for in-vehicle repeaters, and the use of a wider range of frequencies for in-vehicle repeaters. We have implemented these changes by amending the Wireless Telegraphy (Mobile Repeater) (Exemption) Regulations 2018. These measures are designed to help improve mobile reception, without giving rise to undue interference.

The Wireless Telegraphy (Mobile Repeater) (Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2019, which come into force on 27 January 2020 will update existing the UK Interface Requirements for in-vehicle repeaters by:

Read more here

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Wednesday 6th November  2019

IOTA chasers should note that updates for the Honour Roll and the Annual Listing 2020 must be made before the end of January 2020. Due allowance should be made for postal delivery.

Those who haven't updated their standings since 2015 but wish to remain on the list should update their standings as well.

Finally, those who haven't logged on to their account on IOTA-World in two years should note that they will have to revalidate their registration via (tnx info Roger/G3KMA)


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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 6th November  2019

Island activities:

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

AF-057; 5R, Madagascar Coastal Islands West: Hiro/JF1OCQ and Kuni/JA8VE will be active with the callsigns 5R8VX and 5R8KU respectively from Nosy Be Island between Nov. 12 and 25. QRV with two rigs on HF (SSB, CW, digital modes, FT8, FT4). QSL for 5R8VX via JF1OCQ (d/B), LoTW; 5R8KU via JA8VE (d/B).

AN-016; Various, Antarctica: Oleg/UA1PBA (RI1ANF, RI1ANX) operates from Wolf's Fang Camp (WAP MNB-12) between Nov. 2019 and February 2020 with the callsign ZS7ANF. QRV on 40 to 10m on CW. QSL via RK1PWA.

EU-002; OH0, Aland Islands: Watch out for Mart/DL6UAA operating as OH0UA from Aland between the 7th and 18th on 160-10m on CW, RTTY, and FT8. QSL via DL6UAA, LoTW.

NA-008; VY0, Nunavut (Ellesmere Island) group: Alex/VE1RUS and Pierre/VE3TKB activate the Eureka Amateur Radio Club Station VY0ERC between Nov. 9 and Dec. 6. They plan to focus on 40 and 20m (SSB, CW, FT8, RTTY). QSL via M0OXO.

OC-003; VK9, Cocos (Keeling) Islands: Chris/GM3WOJ and Keith/GM4YXI will be active from Cocos Keeling (WW Loc. NH87jt) from the 12th to 29th. Their callsign is VK9CZ. They will work on 160 to 10m (CW, SSB, FT8), with a focus on the low bands and they will also take part in the CQ WW DX CW Contest. QSL via N3SL, LoTW.

OC-032; FK, New Caledonia Island: Thomas/F4HPX is currently active as FK/F4HPX from Noumea. QRV with a QRP rig on 20, 17, and 15m (SSB, FT8, FT4, some CW), maybe also on 40m. He stays until Nov. 15 and also has plans to activate the Isle of Pines. QSL via homecall (d/B), LoTW, eQSL.

OC-111; YJ, Shepherd Islands: Yan/RZ3FW and Sergei/R4WAA will be operating from Vanuatuan islands according to the following schedule: Nov. 8 to 13: Tongoa Island, Shepperd Islands (IOTA OC-111), YJ0RRC Nov. 14 to 20: Efate Island (IOTA OC-035), YJ0FWA. QRV on HF on CW, SSB, RTTY, and FT8. QSL via RZ3FW.

OC-237, YB0-3, Java's Coastal Islands: YE1AR, YC1KK, YC1BIQ, and YB1MAE will be signing their homecalls /p from Biawak Island (WW Loc. OI44eb, ARLHS IDO-074) between the 7th and 14th on 160-10m (FT8, some CW and SSB). QSL for YE1AR/p via ClubLog OQRS or N2OO, others via homecalls.

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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Encrypted or Encoded ham radio messages

Tuesday 5th November  2019

The ARRL reports the FCC has been asked to clarify Amateur Rules governing Encrypted or Encoded messages

The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau is soliciting comments on a Petition for Declaratory Ruling filed on behalf of New York University (NYU) seeking to clarify that Section 97.113(a)(4) of the Amateur Service rules prohibits the transmission of “effectively encrypted or encoded messages, including messages that cannot be readily decoded over-the-air for true meaning.” Comments are due by December 2, with reply comments (comments on comments already filed) due on December 17.

The FCC has requested that all filings refer to WT Docket No. 16-239, which grew out of an ARRL Petition for Rule Making seeking elimination of symbol rate limitations on the amateur bands and is unrelated to the wider encryption issue.

“For years, certain amateur licensees have violated Section 97.113(a)(4) by relying on an interpretation that contravenes the two bedrock principles — openness and transparency — that have enabled amateur radio licensees to self-regulate the Amateur Radio Service bands effectively,” the NYU Petition asserts. “This interpretation has restricted Amateur Radio Service licensees’ efforts to effectively self-police the amateur bands, thus enabling the continued violation of many other amateur rules. Accordingly, the Commission should eliminate the lingering uncertainty regarding Section 97.113(a)(4)’s meaning and clarify that the rule prohibits the transmission of effectively encrypted or encoded messages, including messages that cannot be readily decoded over-the-air for true meaning.”

NYU explained its rationale for involvement in an amateur radio regulatory matter in a July 2019 ex parte filing from the university’s legal counsel. “As a major center of radio engineering research and scholarship and on whose faculty sat telegraph and Morse code pioneer Samuel Morse, NYU is committed to fostering innovation in, and attracting new entrants to, the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM),” the letter to FCC Secretary Marlene Dortch, signed by Ari Q. Fitzgerald of Hogan Lovells US LLP, said. “We can think of no better way for the FCC to promote these goals than to stand up for transparency and openness in amateur radio.”

NYU Electrical Engineering Professor Ted Rappaport, N9NB, filed the petition on the university’s behalf along with Michael J. Marcus, N3JMM. The petition reflects Rappaport’s view that Winlink amateur radio email software is “an example of a system that has contravened the Commission’s requirements.” He included PACTOR 2, PACTOR 3, PACTOR 4, WINMOR, ARDOP, and VARA in this category as well.

Read the full ARRL story at

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A class-leading lightweight carbon-fibre mast from SOTABEAMS

Tuesday 5th November  2019

Portable specialist SOTABEAMS has launched a new carbon-fibre portable telescopic mast. The Carbon-6 has an extended length of 6 metres (19.6 ft) but weights just 300 grams (10.6 ounces). Its packed length is only 43 cm (17 inches) making it a mast that can be taken pretty much anywhere.

The Carbon-6 has been designed for light-duty operations and is best suited for supporting the centre of end-fed wire antenna in inverted vee fashion.

It is likely that this will be a popular choice for the portable operator who undertakes more "extreme" forms of travel or just wants to travel light!

More details at:

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WRC-19 Day-6: Work resumes on all fronts

Tuesday 5th November  2019

The RSGB WRC-19 team report Week-2 of the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference started with both 50 MHz and other items – inc a new arrival from afar

Read the full WRC-19 report at

Other RSGB WRC-19 updates at

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PocketQube Workshop videos available

Tuesday 5th November  2019

The 3rd PocketQube Satellite Workshop, hosted by Alba Orbital, was held Sept 5-6, 2019, in Glasgow.

Talks given at the event are now available on YouTube
Among the presenters were:

• Stuart Robinson GW7HPW, $50SAT Team
• Julian Fernandez EA4HCD, Fossasat-1
• Zac Manchester KD2BHC, Chipsats
• Constantin Constantinides MM6XOM, Unicorn-2

Talk schedule and PDF slides at

Watch the videos at
this link

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Get Ready for the Transit of Mercury

Tuesday 5th November  2019

One of the biggest astronomy events of the year is just one week away: The Transit on Mercury.

On Monday, Nov 11th, Mercury will pass directly in front the sun, creating a jet black circular "sunspot" that anyone can safely observe.

Find out when and how to look on today's edition of

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WRC-19: Don't count your chickens...

Monday 4th November  2019

The RSGB WRC-19 team have released an update on the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference taking place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from Oct 28 until November 22

Friday saw progress, as a few items became clear, or so people thought – as we went to overtime on Saturday.

Read the RSGB report at

Other RSGB WRC-19 updates at

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TU2R activity

Monday 4th November  2019

A group of Belgian operators will be active as TU2R from Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) on March 23 – April 3 2020 with participation in the CQ WPX SSB 2020.

The team will consist of Roger ON7TQ, Olivier ON4EI, Ron ON1DX, Ief ON6KX and Kevin SWL.

They will be QRV on 160-10 metres in CW, SSB, RTTY, FT4 & FT8.
QSL via Ron ON1DX.

Bookmark for more information and updates.

Expedition announcement:

Best regards & 73

Olivier ON4EI/EI8GQB

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QO-100 geostationary satellite with just 100 milliwatts

Monday 4th November  2019

Radio amateurs in Sweden are limited to just 100 mW on 2.4 GHz.

In this article Christer SM0NCL shows how they can still send CW and SSB signals via the QO-100 / Es'hail-2 narrowband transponder

Read the article in Google English at

In Swedish at

QO-100 / Es'hail-2

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3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition news - preparations resumed

Monday 4th November  2019

Excerpts from an announcement on the 3Y0I Bouvet Island Web page, under "NEWS", reports the following interesting facts and details of the second attempt to go to Bouvet Island:

"The 1st attempt took yet another toll".... "we had to cover all costs involved"... "it’s been a privately funded venture from the very beginning, we spent as much as 225.000 USDs from our personal funds so far. Only 9% of our DXpedition budget got covered by donations, so the final impact on our private monies is huge".

"We estimate that the second attempt would be around 170.000 USDs in
total. It’s less than our initial budget as we have collected a lot of important equipment already + went under necessary extra-paid training + secured many things logistically, too".... "we have already secured half of the required budget to go back to Bouvet.
But after the last aftermath and considering the next suitable time-frames with safe weather conditions at far South Atlantic Ocean, we’re simply
unable to repair our budget with personal funding this fast.
We face a risk to postpone the expedition, unfortunately. Yes, we did our
best to make it happen last March. Yes, we’re still up to take a second chance. But this time it may only take place if we receive financial support to cover at least half of the missing budget, which is 85.000 USDs, to make 3Y0I coming true. And here’s how you can..."

"To make the fundraising more attractive, once we reach the required minimum of 85k USDs, we will give donors a chance to win something special". They list three things on their Web page.

The 3Y0I team now has a "GoFundMe" page to donate at:
It also contains details and pictures of the Bouvet project.

Read the complete press release (long) for more details at:

For more details and updates on the Bouvet Island DXpedition, watch the following Web page and Media sites at:
This is the main site where you can find more details on the project and news:

via OPDX

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The beginning of the long dash: Happy 80th anniversary to CBC Radio's longest running segment

Monday 4th November  2019

For 80 years, the National Research Council official time signal has helped keep Canadians in sync. It celebrates a milestone anniversary on November 5.

This is an interesting article:

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When the world got its news from shortwave radio

Monday 4th November  2019

Article on the golden age of shortwave broadcaster Swiss Radio International (SRI)

From the mid-1930s to 2004, Switzerland’s international service was Swiss Radio International (SRI). The first few decades of SRI’s existence were the heyday of shortwave – it was often the only way of getting news directly from other countries.

What began as the Swiss Short Wave Service in 1935, would grow from broadcasting programmes in German, French, Italian and English to include other European languages and Arabic, and eventually change its name to Swiss Radio International.

The international service was considered a voice of neutrality during times of war, first during World War II, followed by the decades of the Cold War and up to and including the first war in the Gulf in the early 1990s.

Read the full story at

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AREN Training and Social weekend

Monday 4th November  2019

On the 9th and 10th of November, AREN will hold a national training and development weekend in Dromineer, County Tipperary.

Accommodation is available at the Lough Derg House & The Lake Cafe, booking is required, please contact EI4JN at QTHR.

Topics for the weekend include Go-Kit demonstrations, a swapmeet, JS8Call, PAT, ARDEN (possibly a presentation from Cisco TacOPS),

ARDOP and PV systems demonstrations as well as plenty socialisg.

Any licenced Amateur Radio operator is welcome to come along, please contact EI4JN or EI7IG to let them know you are interested.


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AMSAT seeks webmaster, website content managers

Monday 4th November  2019

AMSAT-NA is in the process of redesigning its website and is looking to immediately fill key volunteer member additions to its digital communications team.

Available positions include a Webmaster, Content Managers, and an Online Store Co-Manager. Candidates must have experience with Wordpress and be a current AMSAT member.


The Webmaster works as an integral member of the AMSAT Digital Communications Team in planning, organizing, implementing, and supporting strategic web technologies.
Under minimal supervision, the Webmaster collaborates with the Digital Communications team and AMSAT Development to facilitate ongoing content creation, development of standards, and overall management of AMSAT's website and member portal.
The primary objectives of the Webmaster are to ensure that AMSAT?s digital presence accurately portrays the character, quality and heritage of AMSAT, provide an efficient user experience, and serve to increase recruitment and financial contributions.

Web Content Managers:

Web Content Managers ensure AMSAT's website and webpages follow best content practices and meet the diverse needs of internal and external customers.
As part of the AMSAT Digital Communications Team, Website Content Managers must understand the organizational needs, map them to the end-user needs and work with applicable AMSAT departments to create content strategy and plan for individual webpages.

Online Store Co-Manager:

The Online Store Co-Manager updates and refreshes the AMSAT Store when new merchandise becomes available, deletes merchandise when no longer available, and updates pricing and shipping information when necessary.? Experience in WooCommerce is required.

If you want to be a part of the solution in delivering the quality web services AMSAT members deserve, we could sure use your help.
Please contact the AMSAT VP of User Services at ke4al (at) yahoo (dot) com.


Robert Bankston, KE4AL
Vice-President, User Services
Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT)

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 4th November  2019

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 27th October, through Sunday, 3rd November there were 223 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D4, D6, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FO/m, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JX, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, VU7, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS


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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 4th November  2019

Island activities:

OC-237. Operators Budi/YF1AR, Moh. Sofyan/YC1KK, Mohammad/YC1BIQ and Budi/YB1MAE will be active as homecall/p from the Biawak Light-house (IDO-074) on Biawak Island, Indonesia, between November 7-14th.

Activity will be on 160-10 meters using mainly FT8 with some CW and SSB.

QSL YF1AR/P via YE1AR, ClubLog's OQRS or via N2OO. QSL YC1KK/P, YC1BIQ/P, YB1MAE/P via their home callsigns.

For more info and updates, see:

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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Australia: Spectrum management reform

Sunday 3rd November  2019

The WIA reports the communications regulator ACMA is changing its approach to modernising Australia’s spectrum management framework

WIA News says:

If you would like to find out more behind some of our WIA News Broadcast stories over the past few weeks the front page of has them, along with an item by Australians for Australians whereby the Department of Communications (DOCA)have had a rethink about the proposed Radiocommunications reforms.

Rather than completely re-writing the legislation, modernising Australia’s spectrum management framework will now be pursued through staged approach to amending the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

The first stage of amendments to the Act will deal with a number of priority issues to deliver tangible benefits to industry and consumers. The changes will be designed to remove unnecessary constraints in spectrum allocation and reallocation processes.

Spectrum licence terms will be extended to a maximum of 20 years, with clearer licence renewal processes.

The arrangements for apparatus licences are also being aligned with spectrum licences to the extent possible.

There will also be changes to improve technical regulation, streamline device supply schemes and introduce graduated enforcement mechanisms for breaches of the Act.

To minimise disruption to spectrum users, existing licence types and planning arrangements will be retained at this time.

The DOCA are working towards the introduction of a draft amendment bill into the Australian Parliament in early 2020.

A second stage of amendments to further improve efficiency and flexibility will be considered following passage of the first package and in consultation with stakeholders.

Next our WIA Secretary Peter VK8ZZ and Aidan VK4APM Director

Howdy, this is VK4APM with this weeks board comment.

Following the decision by the ACMA to release digital modes for foundation holders the WIA, AR  Victoria, ALARA, AR NSW and RASA sought to collaborate on a poll of Australian Operators with a view to establishing a new callsign structure for Foundation operators that is compatible with all digital protocols.

On Saturday the 26th of October, RASA made the unilateral decision to set aside negotiations on the form and distribution of this poll and sought to release this poll publically via social media and other channels (Including QRZ)

This poll was not endorsed or approved by the WIA.

It is the WIA's view that, as a representative body for all amateurs, a poll on a critical issue as call sign structure must:

• Withstand scrutiny

• Provide sufficient educational information for operators to make an informed decision

• Must be directed towards Australian operators rather than a global audience.

The process of releasing the "survey" in an uncontrolled manner on social media completely invalidates this results of the survey.

The board of the the WIA is extremely disappointed in the behaviour of RASA in seeking to undermine this collaborative process that was for the benefit of all operators.

The WIA is of the view that RASA's actions in passing off this "survey" as something approved by the WIA misrepresents the views of the WIA and those we represent.

RASA has been issued a with a "cease and desist" notice with regards to the use of the WIA's name and marks.

We would like to remind all operators that our hobby is under sustained attack on a global basis, from parties wishing to dilute our spectrum rights and regulators.    To resolve these existential issues we must work together, for the common cause of ensuring that our service remains accessible for generations to come.

With that, that is all from me...  Aidan, VK4APM

Source WIA News

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Solar Cycle 25 is slowly coming to life

Sunday 3rd November  2019

There's a sunspot (AR2750) on the sun today. That doesn't happen often during a deep Solar Minimum like the one we're experiencing now.

AR2750 is a sign that Solar Minimum won't last forever. Its magnetic polarity marks it as a member of the next solar cycle. Indeed, Solar Cycle 25 is slowly coming to life, heralding a new Solar Maximum as early as 2023.

Details here:

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New local digital radio services for the Channel Islands

Sunday 3rd November  2019

Listeners in the Channel Islands will soon be able to tune in to a broad range of new local digital radio stations, Ofcom has confirmed

Ofcom has awarded a 12-year licence for a new local radio multiplex for the Channel Islands to Bailiwick Broadcasting Limited. A multiplex is the means by which DAB digital radio stations are broadcast.

This award will bring local digital radio services to the Channel Islands for the first time, with Bailiwick launching 22 new digital stations next year.

The line-up includes a number of music-led stations, ranging from 1980’s rock and pop, classic and contemporary pop, melodic easy listening and chill-out tracks. Other new stations include:

This local radio multiplex service also intends to transmit digital simulcasts of Channel 103 and Island FM, as well as the services provided by BBC Radio Guernsey and BBC Radio Jersey.

The Channel Islands local radio multiplex licence was advertised in April 2019. More detail on our assessment of Bailiwick’s successful application is available.

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SolderSmoke Podcast

Sunday 3rd November  2019

Episode 214 of the amateur radio podcast SolderSmoke is now available

In this edition:

• The visit of Farhan to Northern Virginia
• Fire Report from Pete
• Pete's Bench Report
• Bill's Bench Report

Listen to

Soldersmoke blog

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The 2020 SARL Blue Book

Sunday 3rd November  2019

The Contest team is busy working on the 2020 SARL Blue Book and requests Clubs hosting contests to submit any changes they would like to make as well as confirm e-mail addresses for log submissions.

Members are requested to submit requests for new contests as well.

Please send requests, suggestions and changes to by Wednesday 20 November 2019

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The November/December Communicator

Sunday 3rd November  2019

The November/December SARC Communicator is now available at

This month 60 pages of projects, news, views, and reviews from the SW corner of Canada.

Past articles and issues are available on our blog at

We always welcome contributions of news, stories, projects and your Amateur Radio experiences. The deadline for the next issue is December 15th

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Early progress, contention on difficult issues mark first week of WRC

Saturday 2nd November  2019

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, November 1, 2019 – Week 1 of the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference saw agreement reached on several issues on which discussions prior to the conference had revealed consensus  

Those were the easy ones; the rest will be more difficult.

The early decisions here in Sharm El-Sheikh were only possible because of countless hours of work conducted within the ITU Radiocommunication Sector and the six regional telecommunications organizations (RTOs) since the previous WRC in 2015. Three of these decisions were on issues of interest to the IARU.

The band 47.0-47.2 GHz was allocated solely to the amateur and amateur-satellite services by the 1979 World Administrative Radio Conference. Commercial wireless broadband interests had expressed some interest in the band being designated for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) and there was some concern that such a proposal might be made at WRC-19. The fact that none was forthcoming was due in part to the work of the IARU at the Conference Preparatory Meeting earlier this year and in the RTOs. The WRC has agreed to “no change” (NOC) at 47.0-47.2 GHz.

Another NOC decision that avoided impact on the amateur service applies to the band 5850-5925 MHz, which is an amateur secondary allocation in Region 2. Consideration of proposals involving other parts of spectrum in the 5-GHz range will take much longer.

Finally, the WRC has agreed to make no frequency allocations or other changes to the Radio Regulations to accommodate Wireless Power Transmission for electric vehicles (WPT-EV). Much more work remains to be done on an urgent basis in the ITU and other standards organizations if radiocommunication services are to be adequately protected from harmful interference that may be generated by WPT-EV, both at the fundamental frequency and from unwanted emissions.

Consideration of a 50 MHz allocation in Region 1 to harmonize the allocations in the three Regions was the subject of spirited debate in a Sub Working Group chaired by Dale Hughes, VK1DSH, of the Australian delegation. The four RTOs in Region 1 made disparate proposals to the conference and a small group of administrations proposed NOC. For three days there was no progress toward a consensus solution but that changed on Friday morning. An agreement has been reached, subject to confirmation by the regional groups, that will provide administrations in Region 1 with flexibility in how to accommodate their amateurs.

One of the most difficult issues facing WRC-19 is to develop an agenda for WRC-23. There are dozens of proposals for agenda items and they cannot all be accommodated within available ITU resources. The substantive work of considering these proposals began on Friday afternoon and must be completed over the next two weeks.

Some meetings on the more difficult issues are scheduled for Saturday, November 2. Delegates have been warned to expect more intensive use of weekend and evening hours as the conference proceeds toward its conclusion on November 22.

Source IARU

For daily updates see the RSGB WRC-19 Blog

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FUNcube-1 satellite: Why does spin direction flip?

Saturday 2nd November  2019

Since launch of the amateur radio FUNcube-1 (AO-73) CubeSat in 2013 the team have observed the spin of the satellite based on the panel temperatures

The FUNcube team have speculated why the satellite spins up and down and occasionally flips the direction of spin.

Recently Jason Flynn G7OCD found a YouTube video that might explain the flip:

Watch The Bizarre Behavior of Rotating Bodies, Explained

The spin rate change is still a mystery but the FUNcube team have proposed:
• The YORP effect:
• Electromagnetic torquing due to changes in current levels on the bus conductors during changes in illumination
Read more here

There is a FUNcube open group and you can join at


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VK6WIA NewsWest

Saturday 2nd November  2019

NewsWest VK6 Amateur Radio news for Sunday November third, 2019  is the Club focus edition, where we have invited local clubs to tell you about what they are up to.

We have items from local clubs, Clive reminds us about the RAOTC, as well as items from Shirley, VK5YL, the president of ALARA and another from Donna VK3LDY, telling us about the Warrnambool repeater project in Victoria.

There’s our weekly segments Roy’s helpline and Over the Back Fence, and an instalment of Club Focus, looking at the integrated club.

Our lead story today is a follow-up to last week’s announcements about Foundation License callsigns. 

NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to

You'll find links to resources on the website where you'll also find information on where to hear the news, where to download it, how to rebroadcast this news and how to register your callbacks.

If you want to join in, you can. Send an email to and we'll be happy to respond. Send your stories, tall or true, audio production, scripts, events, updates, membership information, meeting announcements, AGM alerts, contests, swap-meets and more to us and we'll happily present your contribution on-air.

Please register your callback, either on-air, or on-line. Visit and click on the callback button.

Originating in Perth Western Australia NewsWest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News for listeners on-air, on-line and on-demand.

NewsWest audio (mp3) is available for download from our website, Click on the “LISTEN” tab.

For Podcast simply search for "Newswest" on any of the major Podcatcher sites. Thanks to Ed DD5LP

Whichever way you're listening, whether you're a licensed radio amateur or not, experienced or just a beginner, old or young, thanks for being here and thanks for joining us.

Get your copy:

NewsWest is broadcast and relayed across VK6 and far beyond by many transmitters and operators. Details can be found on

The main VK6 NewsWest broadcast occurs at 09:30 WST (01:30 UTC).

If you'd like to broadcast this news in your local area, you can. There are no restrictions on broadcasting NewsWest, other than that you must broadcast it as supplied without any modification. We ask that broadcasters advise us that they're transmitting the news. Our address is

Producer: Bob VK6POP
Duration: 30:45

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Candidates with 100% CW copy receive an award

Saturday 2nd November  2019

In August Thailand's amateur radio society RAST conducted an Intermediate amateur radio exam along with the compulsory 8 WPM Morse code test

On Saturday, August 24, RAST conducted an Intermediate Class amateur radio exam at Bangkok University's Rangsit campus and those who passed will be able to operate on the HF bands.

A total of 96 candidates sat the exam and 44 passed the CW examination at 8 WPM, with 13 of those copying the Morse code that was sent without any errors, including two boys, one 11 years old and the other 14 years old.

Those who passed the CW test -- E21HYR, E22NGP, E24TFP, E24VRK, E25AFQ, E25AQB, E25DHO, E25DOY, E29TGW, HS3QET, HS3QGB, HS5QQT and HS8NKB -- with 100% copy were awarded a world map by RAST.

Source RAST

2014 New Ham Radio Regulations for Thailand

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Ham radio involvement following L'Aquila earthquake

Saturday 2nd November  2019

Salvatore Raccampo 9H1SR / IT9ARO has released a video about the response of radio amateurs in the aftermath of the L'Aquila earthquake in Italy on April 6, 2009

10 years after the earthquake in L'Aquila four radio amateurs relive their intervention via radio during the first hours after the 2009 earthquake

Three generations meet. A father and daughter solve their conflict. The future awaits L'Aquila and the young people who live there every day.

The video has English language subtitles, click on CC (Closed Caption) icon and choose English.

Watch Antenne - radiovolontari a L’Aquila

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Medical Pager information livestreamed

Saturday 2nd November  2019

Reports say a radio enthusiast has been livestreaming sensitive Medical Patient Information that was being sent to Pagers

Pagers often use the FLEX and POCSAG protocols, which are not encrypted and are easy to receive and decode with a £10 SDR dongle and easily found software.

The Gizmod article by Jennings Brown says:

A radio electronics geek has been caught eavesdropping on NHS medics' pager messages, translating the signals into text while broadcasting them on the internet via a publicly available webcam stream – possibly committing a crime in the process.

Security researcher Daley Borda said he found the video stream by chance. The webcam was pointed at a computer monitor displaying decoded pager messages containing "details of calls" made by NHS and ambulance service dispatchers to on-call medics.

“You can see details of calls coming in—their name, address, and injury,”

Read the Gizmodo story at

Gareth Corfield wrote about the story from a different angle for The Register site. He covered the legal situation in the UK concerning the interception of wireless transmissions.

He says "Ofcom, despite gentle prodding, refused to comment," saying only that "nobody had complained about this particular act" when The Register rang up to ask. Despite its curious silence, the spectrum regulator admits on its website that it is responsible for this area of law and policy and even states that "using radio equipment to listen in is an offence, regardless of whether the information is passed on."

Read The Register story at

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Amateur Radio at the World Scout Jamboree - Free PDF

Saturday 2nd November  2019

Article in December 2019 issue of ARRL's QST magazine covers amateur radio at the World Scout Jamboree. Scouts made contacts via the amateur satellites and spoke with an astronaut on the International Space Station

The ARRL have made the PDF of this article available for free download at

Digital membership of ARRL costs just £38 ($49)

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TX Factor - Hamfest 2019

Friday 1st November  2019

Episode 24 of TX Factor is a Hamfest 2019 special, reporting on some of the eye-catching products and services on display at this year’s event in Newark.

We investigate the current state of HF propagation, celebrate 50 years of Nevada Radio, Mike G1IAR tries out a few solder stations, and Bob G0FGX goes all soft over the VMARS vintage AM radios.

And to cap it all, we take a look at the latest rig from Yaesu.

As always, there’s a chance to win a great bundle of prizes from our sponsors, ML&S and the RSGB.

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Community First Responders Day at National Radio Centre

Friday 1st November  2019

Crowborough Community First Responders (CFR) were involved with the launch of International Community First Responders Day at the RSGB National Radio Centre (NRC) in Bletchley Park

Crowborough CFR Team Leader, Nicki Pointer alongside Leigh Westwood (SCFRTL) and Bloss Spink attended an event held at Bletchley Park, the ‘Home of the Codebreakers’ in Milton Keynes on October 28, 2019.

Nicki Pointer, Leigh Westwood and Bloss Spink at the RSGB NRC

The event was arranged by Paul Devlin G1SMP from NHS Improvement with NHS England, and the launch of International Community First Responders day was an opportunity to promote and recognise the lifesaving work of voluntary CFR schemes in valuing patient’s time.

Originally a day that was created by the Senate in the United States as part of their response to the events of 9/11, October 28 is now a day for all Community First Responders around the world. For the event two special callsigns were granted by Ofcom, GB1NHS and GB1CFR, replacing the station’s usual GB3RS callsign.

The team were able to speak with contacts in the United States, Moldova and Israel as well as to a crew flying in a Boeing 737 in the skies whilst enroute to Albania.

Press Release

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The Space Weather Woman

Friday 1st November  2019

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov

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Latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter now available for download

Friday 1st November  2019

Hi All,

The latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter (No 23 – Spring/Autumn 2019) is now available for free pdf download from the ‘External Links’ section of the Wikipedia 60m Band page

or the RSGB 5 MHz page

This edition includes 5 MHz news from 9 countries, features the World of 5 MHz 2019 and an Exercise Blue Ham report.


Paul Gaskell G4MWO
The 5 MHz Newsletter

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