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TODAY's Local and World NEWS

 

Please Note - the date of this years NARSA Rally at Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool
will now be a week earlier than first announced
:-

Make sure you change the date in your diary

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Switzerland and IARU-R1 'Shaping the Future' objectives

Friday 28th January 2022

The IARU Region 1 'Shaping the Future' objectives will be discussed at the online meeting of Switzerland's USKA due to be held on February 26

The USKA Board proposes forming a special committee (task force) to deal with the changes necessary.

The USKA acknowledged that Swiss amateur radio does not currently meet a single one of the IARU-R1 objectives but says meeting them is essential for the continued existence and future viability of worldwide amateur radio.

Read the USKA Shaping the Future paper
https://www.uska.ch/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/08-Antrag-Sonderausschuss-IARU.pdf

The IARU-R1 set out eight strategic objectives to be met over 10-years, see
https://www.iaru-r1.org/stf/workshop-result/

Further information on the USKA meeting
https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Switzerland

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Advisory board aims to encourage youth into Ham Radio

Friday 28th January 2022

Japan's JARL reports on the establishment of a new Amateur Radio Advisory Board for Wireless Human Resource Development

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) has decided to hold the "Amateur Radio Advisory Board for Wireless Human Resource Development" with the aim of obtaining advice and recommendations from experts on the realization of a system and environment related to amateur radio for wireless human resource development.

The President of Japan Amateur Radio League, Yoshinori Takao JG1KTC, is a member of the new Board.

The Ministry says:

"the aim is to obtain advice and recommendations from experts on the development of an environment suitable for amateur radio in Japan that makes it easier for beginners such as youth who will lead the future to start amateur radio in order to realize a system and environment that makes it easier to utilize amateur radio."

The first meeting was held on Wednesday, January 26.

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications press release
https://www.soumu.go.jp/menu_news/s-news/01kiban14_02000530.html

Source JARL
https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Japan

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Mobile operation in Schleswig-Holstein

Friday 28th January 2022

Germany's DARC reports the Minister of Economic Affairs, Transport, Labour, Technology and Tourism of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, Dr Bernd Buchholz (FDP), has extended the exemption for two-way radios

A translation reads:

At the start of the new year, Transport Minister Dr. Bernd Buchholz is extending two "grace periods", which are likely to be of particular relevance for the forwarding industry in the country. For example, the suspension of the Sunday and holiday driving ban for trucks will be extended until 30 June 2022 in order to ensure a complete supply of the corona vaccination centres and other vaccination centres in the country. The exemption for the use of radios without a hands-free system will also be extended until 30 June next year.

"On the one hand, in view of the current pandemic situation, we are thus securing the necessary logistics for the corona vaccinations of the population – and with the regulation on radios, we are giving freight forwarders in particular, but also fire brigades and other aid organisations such as THW, a greater planning horizon,"Buchholz said today (30 December) in Kiel.

The Minister recalled that the so-called mobile phone amendment already prohibited the use of electronic communication devices while driving in 2017, provided that they have to be taken in hand. Later, however, the radios were granted a grace period several times nationwide, which is now being extended by half a year in Schleswig-Holstein. According to this, radios are equivalent to mobile phones and may only be operated via hands-free devices while driving.


Source https://www.schleswig-holstein.de/DE/Landesregierung/VII/Presse/PI/2021/IV_2021/211230_Verlaengerungen
_Lkw_Mobilsprechgeraete.html


DARC https://darc.de/

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Pirate station in 3.5 and 7 MHz bands

Friday 28th January 2022

Germany's DARC reports on a pirate station that was broadcasting in the 3.5 and 7 MHz amateur radio bands

A translation of the DARC post reads:

In December 2021 and January 2022, an underground political station appeared on 3500 and 7000 kHz. The transmissions took place unusually in USB and could be heard throughout Europe. The radio program in Italian and English was directed against government corona measures. The direction finding service of the Intruder Monitoring department was able to determine the approximate location, whereupon we cooperated with the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) to have these transmissions ended.

The BNetzA was then able to take measures with the Italian colleagues that ultimately led to the broadcasts being discontinued. If similar transmissions are observed again, we ask for notification at

https://meldung.bandwacht.de/

Report by Daniel Möller DL3RTL of Intruder Monitoring

Source DARC
https://darc.de/

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ARDC gives substantial grant to the Internet Archive

Friday 28th January 2022

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) has approved a grant for $889,405 to the Internet Archive

With this grant, the Internet Archive will build the Digital Library of Amateur Radio & Communications (DLARC): an online, open-access resource that preserves the vital resources — past, present, and future — that document the history of amateur radio and communications.

The DLARC will provide a key open-access educational resource, free to use for researchers, students, and the general public. It will also serve as a permanent archive for the preservation of the history of ARDC, its members, and key individuals and organizations involved in the broader amateur radio movement.

The DLARC will be both an education program building a unique and unparalleled collection of primary and secondary resources, but also an innovative technical project that will build a digital library that combines both digitized print materials and born-digital content and whose curatorial focus is driven by archiving and providing unified access to both personal and organizational archival records. Building the DLARC thus includes three distinct areas of work:

• a large-scale scanning program that digitizes relevant print materials such as journals, monographs, books, physical ephemera, and other physical records from both institutions and individuals;
• a large-scale digital archiving initiative that seeks to curate, archive, and provide specialized access to “born-digital” materials, such as digital photos and audio-video, as well as websites and web-published material;
• a personal archiving campaign to ensure the preservation and future access of notable individuals and stakeholders involved in the founding and activities of ARDC and the broader community.

Internet Archive
https://archive.org/

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC)
https://www.ampr.org/
https://twitter.com/ARDC_73

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Amateur Radio Society to hold Winter Field Day Jan. 29

Friday 28th January 2022

The Lake Whitney Amateur Radio Society, which recently formed a group called the Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) group, will hold a Winter Field Day event all day Saturday, January 29, at the Lake Whitney Public Library.

Rommie Bollinger, member of the ARES group and president of the Lake Whitney Amateur Radio Society, said, “I was really interested in getting into the club so that we could have that camaraderie and things like that. We all have a great time just working together, setting up different events, especially the field day events.”

Field days are global radio events that allow radio operators from Whitney to speak to people who are across the globe. Bollinger said after talking to someone from another state or country, he typically doesn’t ever meet them in person, but radio operators can look each other up on a web page that lets them get to know a little bit more about the person who was on the other side of the call.

“Anyone who is licensed gets on the radio and makes contacts all across the United States, Hawaii, Alaska, just wherever you can get to,” Bollinger said. “If you’ve got the equipment and a good enough antenna and the conditions are right, you can make contact all over the world. That is kind of the excitement.”

The ARES group that members of LWARS formed is in place to provide a communication channel when traditional phones and cellular phones do not have power or service.

ARES volunteers provide communications for government agencies, disaster relief organizations, public service events, emergencies or disasters and training exercises. ARES radio operators receive training in message handling, communication technology, administrative procedures and disaster preparedness.

The ARES group prepares for emergencies that involve the electricity being out because the radio equipment that the group uses is battery-powered. Bollinger said that the group does a lot of training for emergency situations that he hopes never happen, like tornadoes. The members have completed a simulated emergency test that prepares them for a real emergency.

Read the full article at
https://lakelander.com/2022/01/27/amateur-radio-society-to-hold-winter-field-day-jan-29/

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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 28th January 2022

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

GEORGIA, 4L. Ilya, R3XA plans to be QRV as 4L9M in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL to home call. In addition, Mamuka, 4L2M will also be active in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest.  QSL via EA7FTR.

CYPRUS, 5B. Philipp, DK6SP is QRV as 5B4AQC until July 27. Activity is in his spare time on the HF bands. QSL to home call.

KUWAIT, 9K. Members of the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society will be QRV as special event station 9K9NLD from February 1 to 28 in celebration of Kuwait National Day. QSL via bureau.

GUADELOUPE, FG. Herve, F5HRY is QRV as FG/F5HRY from Marie Galante Island, IOTA NA-102. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW and some SSB, with a focus on 30 and 17 meters using CW. QSL to home call.

WALLIS AND FUTUNA ISLANDS, FW. Jean, F4CIX is QRV as FW1JG from Wallis Island. Activity is mainly on 20, 15, and 10 meters using SSB and various digital modes. His length of stay is unknown. QSL direct to home call.

GUERNSEY, GU. Bob, GU4YOX will be QRV as MU5E in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL to home call.

PANAMA, HP. Members of the Union Panamena de Radio Aficionados will be QRV as H94IE from Isla Escudo de Veraguas, IOTA NA-088, from February 4 to 6. Activity will be on various bands and modes. QSL via operators' instructions.

ITALY, I. Special station II8CAP is QRV from the island of Procida, IOTA EU-031, until June 30, as Procida has been designated the Italian Capital of Culture for 2022. QSL via IC8ATA.

ST. LUCIA, J6. William, K9HZ is QRV as J68HZ until February 8. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL direct to home call.

SVALBARD, JW. Rag, LB3RE is QRV as JW/LB3RE from Spitsbergen, IOTA EU-026, until January 30. Activity is on the HF bands using CW. QSL to home call.

ANTARCTICA. Station KC4USV is QRV from McMurdo Base and has been active using FT8 on 20 meters around 0600z. QSL via K7MT.

ARUBA, P4. Mathias, DL4MM is QRV as P4/DL4MM until February 2. Activity is on HF bands using CW, SSB, and FT8. This includes being active as P40AA in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest as a Single Op/Assisted/High Power entry. QSL to home call.

NETHERLANDS, PA. Wino, PA0ABM will be QRV as PA75DXCC from February 3 to August 2 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first post World War II list of DXCC members published in the July 1947 issue of QST. QSL via operator's instructions.

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F. Everton, PU2MEA is QRV as PU2MEA/PY0F until November 26. Activity is on 10 meters using SSB and QRP power in his spare time. QSL via LoTW.

SURINAME, PZ. Axel, DL6KVA will be QRV as PZ5KV from February 1 to 10. Activity will be on the HF bands using only CW. This includes being active in the upcoming FOC Marathon. QSL to home call.

NORFOLK ISLAND, VK9N. Nick, VK9DX has been QRV on 40 meters using CW around 1240z. QSL direct to home call.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Stan, K5GO will be QRV as ZF5T in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest as a Single Op entry. QSL to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO

The CQ 160-Meter CW Contest, Winter Field Day, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint Ladder, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, REF CW Contest, UBA SSB DX Contest, QCX CW Challenge and OK1WC CW Memorial will certainly keep contesters busy this weekend.

The Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, RTTYOPS Weeksprint, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, Phone Fray, Weekly Test, A1Club AWT, CWops CW Test, VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, Mini-Test CW 40, Mini-Test CW 80 and the UKEICC 80-Meter SSB Contest are on tap for February 1 and 2.

Please see January QST, page 76, and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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Weak signals heard from Spanish satellites EASAT-2 and HADES

Thursday 27th January 2022

The ARRL reports that AMSAT-EA (Spain) has said it appears that EASAT-2 and HADES are transmitting, and that weak signals have been heard, but the satellites’ antennas may not have deployed.

“We confirm the reception of both EASAT-2 and HADES, as well as the decoding of telemetry and the FM recorded voice beacon with the call sign AM5SAT of the first one. EASAT-2 appears to be working well, except for the deployment of the antennas — something that apparently has not yet occurred and causes weak signals,” said AMSAT-EA Mission Manager Felix Paez, EA4GQS.

“However, the AMSAT-EA team confirms that, based on the reception of FSK, CW, the FM voice beacon, and the telemetry data that has been decoded, it can be said that the satellite is working perfectly. In the event of low battery or system malfunction, the onboard computer would not transmit CW messages or the voice beacon call sign, as it would be in [safe mode] with only fast and slow telemetry transmissions.”

At the request of AMSAT-EA, EASAT-2 has been designated as Spain-OSCAR 114 (SO-114) and HADES as Spain-OSCAR 115 (SO-115).

“These signals that confirm the operation of both satellites were received by Daniel Estévez, EA4GPZ, at 1807 UTC on Saturday, January 15, using two antennas from the Allen Telescope Array.” Doppler observations from the co-launched Delfi-PQ satellite and the amateur radio community have been used to identify the satellites’ orbits or TLEs.

AMSAT-EA reports that Estévez performed a preliminary analysis using just one polarization of one of the Allen Telescope Array satellite dishes. EASAT-2 was detected with a relatively strong signal, close to the Delfi-PQ signal, obtaining voice FM beacon transmissions and FSK, FSK-CW at 50 baud, AMSAT-EA said.

“The CW beacon clearly shows the message VVV AM5SAT SOL Y PLAYA, which is one of several that both satellites emit, although the call sign AM5SAT confirms that it is EASAT-2,” AMSAT-EA said. “In the recording made by EA4GPZ, there is also a faint trace confirmed to be from HADES and stronger packets probably from the IRIS-A satellite.”

AMSAT-EA reports that signals from HADES are weaker than those of EASAT-2, “most likely because the onboard computer has not yet managed to deploy the antennas either, although it will continue trying regularly,” AMSAT-EA said. “The reason the signals are suspected to be weaker at HADES is that the antennas are more tightly folded than those of EASAT-2. In any case, this is great news, since the transmission pattern confirms the proper functioning of the satellite. In the observations, you can see the FSK tones with a deviation of about 5 kHz interspersed with the FM carrier corresponding to the voice beacon of the satellite, which has call sign AM6SAT. The AMSAT-EA team is working to try to decode the telemetry signals and obtain more detailed information on the state of the satellite.”

AMSAT is asking amateurs with “very high-gain antennas” to try to receive them — especially HADES. “If we could decode telemetry, it would be very helpful for us.” AMSAT-EA said. “Until antennas are deployed, it will be very difficult to use their repeaters or to receive any SSTV camera images from HADES, but we hope that this will happen sooner or later, at least because, even if the computer doesn’t succeed applying heat to the resistor where the thread [retaining the antennas] is attached, with time, the thread should break due to the space environment conditions.”

Thanks to AMSAT News Service

Source: http://www.arrl.org/news/weak-signals-heard-from-spanish-satellites-easat-2-and-hades

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Mt. Tom ARA 33rd Amateur Radio / Electronics Hamfest

Thursday 27th January 2022

The Mt. Tom Amateur Repeater Association will hold its 33rd Amateur Radio / Electronics Hamfest at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive, Chicopee, MA 01020. Doors open at  6:30 AM for vendors only; help will be available for loading and unloading Doors open for general admission at 8:30 AM  (8:00 AM if the vendors are ready).

Admission: Adults: $5.00; Children: under age 12 are free. There will be no tailgating; handicapped parking will be available

Raffle Prizes – six (6) tickets for $5.00

VE Exam -10:30 AM FREE Exams*
Provided by PVVET

Candidates must pre-register for the exam prior to the Hamfest. Visit http://pvvet.org for registration and more information.

*FCC application fees may apply

Additional Information:
http://www.mtara.org

Talk–In on 146.94 (127.3 PL)

Table Registrations contact:
Brian Mullarney – N1FI
20 Spring Street
Easthampton, MA 01027
Tel. (860) 478-6790
N1FI@arrl.net

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Elon Musk SpaceX rocket on collision course with moon

Thursday 27th January 2022

BBC News report a rocket launched by Elon Musk's space exploration company is on course to crash into the moon and explode

The Falcon 9 booster was launched in 2015 but after completing its mission, it did not have enough fuel to return towards Earth and instead remained in space.

Astronomer Jonathan McDowell told BBC News it will be the first known uncontrolled rocket collision with the moon.

But the effects will be minor, he says.

The rocket was abandoned in high orbit seven years ago after it completed a mission to send a space weather satellite on a million-mile journey.

It was part of Mr Musk's space exploration programme SpaceX, a commercial company that ultimately aims to get humans living on other planets.

Since 2015 the rocket has been pulled by different gravitational forces of the earth, moon and sun, making its path somewhat "chaotic", explains Prof McDowell from the US-based Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

"It's been dead - just following the laws of gravity."

It's joined millions of other pieces of space junk - machinery discarded in space after completing missions without enough energy to return to earth.

"Over the decades there have been maybe 50 large objects that we've totally lost track of. This may have happened a bunch of times before, we just didn't notice. This would be the first confirmed case," Prof McDowell says.

Read the full BBC News article:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-60148543

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First Svalbard QO-100 Satellite DXpedition

Thursday 27th January 2022

The very first Svalbard QO-100 Satellite DX-Pedition will take place April 22-24, 2022 from Kapp Linné – Isfjord Radio at 78° North. They will operate two QO-100 satellite stations under the callsigns JW0W and JW100QO, while JW0X will be used by another team for contacts on shortwave.

With QO-100 only 3° above the horizon, Kap Linné was the only suitable place in the area with Svalbard at the edge of the satellite footprint. Looking for a suitable location to stay and getting there, is one of the biggest challenges and cost drivers for the team.

More information at https://amsat-dl.org/en/svalbard-qo-100-satellite-dx-pedition/.

AMSAT thanks AMSAT-DL for the above information

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St Patrick's Day Award

Wednesday 26th January 2022

The organisers of the Saint Patrick’s Day Award are excited to announce the launch of a new web page where visitors can learn everything they need to know about the Saint Patrick’s day award.

On the new webpage, you will also find the simple registration form to be completed by all participants in this year’s festivities which will be running from the 16th-18th March 2022. Previous years have seen over 100 amateurs register to participate and we are hopeful that this will continue to grow.

The award is an opportunity for amateurs around the world to celebrate Saint Patrick’s day and turn the airwaves green. The new page can be accessed at www.stpatricksaward.com

We look forward to celebrating with you all.

Philip Hosey, MI0MSO​
Regional Representative for Region 8
​Radio Society of Great Britain
07849 025 760
rr8@rsgb.org.uk
rsgb.org

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New video about SINAD from Electronics Notes

Wednesday 26th January 2022

Electronics Notes has launched a new easy to understand tutorial video explaining SINAD

SINAD is used for specifying radio receiver sensitivity, especially for VHF / UHF FM radios. Using SINAD, it is possible to compare different radios as the method of measurement and specification is standardised by an international body (ETSI).

However, it is a little different to the signal to noise specification used for HF radios, although there are many similarities, and in fact SINAD can also be sued for HF radios: for AM and SSB transmissions.

Find out all about SINAD in this new video

Ian Poole
Editor: Electronics Notes
(https://www.electronics-notes.com)

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Centralia, Washington, ARES team activates in the wake of bombing

Wednesday 26th January 2022

The ARRL say the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) team of Centralia, Washington, activated following an early morning bombing on December 19. Authorities say two men planted the bomb, which blew up the ATM at a local bank.

The Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad and the FBI responded to assist the Centralia Police Department (CPD) in the investigation. The Centralia ARES team staged its communications van next to the scene. The 13 ARES team members who responded to a call for assistance were paired with CPD detectives to assist in the evidence search at the crime scene.

ARES team members had been trained to perform evidence searches for the police department and were able to put those skills to work. Teams of three to five ARES members, led by a detective, gloved up and slowly searched an estimated 10,000 square feet around the bank, along nearby railroad tracks, and an adjoining field, retrieving as many potential pieces of evidence as they could find. The ARES team was released after about 1 hour.
Thanks to Bob Willey, KD7OWN,  Centralia, Washington, ARES Emergency Coordinator

Source: http://www.arrl.org/news/centralia-washington-ares-team-activates-in-the-wake-of-bombing

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RSGB release Board Proceedings

Wednesday 26th January 2022

RSGB has re-published the Board Proceedings PDF for August with some text deleted, the original suddenly disappeared from their site some 7 weeks ago. Proceedings for Sept, Oct, Nov also now available

The August Board Proceedings had originally been published on the RSGB site at the start of October.

Members can read the RSGB Board proceedings at
http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/board-of-directors/board-proceedings-and-reports/

You can join the RSGB online at
http://www.rsgbshop.org/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Join_the_RSGB_22.html

RSGB membership is free to licensed UK amateurs under the age of 21 or aged 21-25 and in full time education
http://www.rsgbshop.org/acatalog/PDF/join_us_form_junior.pdf

Sudden resignation of RSGB Director on December 6
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2022/january/rsgb-director-resigns.htm

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British Columbia QSO Party 2022

Wednesday 26th January 2022

presented by the Orca DX and Contest Club

Key Details
Date/Time: 1600z Feb 5 to 0359z Feb 6 AND Feb 6 1600z to 2359z Feb 6

Objectives: Stations outside BC have to find as many VE7/VA7s as possible in the 20 hours of the contest.
BC stations will be taking calls from anyone, anywhere

Exchange: BC stations give RS(T) + three-letter code representing the federal electoral district in BC and stations outside BC give province/state/"DX”

Collectible, original photo certificates for top scores in all classes of entry, BC and outside BC. New photo every year!

Plaques awarded in 10 sponsored categories: Top YL, Top BC single-op, Top BC multi-op, Top US, Top Canada outside BC, Top DX, Top Mixed Mode, Top CW, Most Federal Districts Contacted and Top Club in BC

BCQP is fully supported by N1MM contest logging software, CQ/X GPS-enabled software for mobile contesting, and N3FJP state QSO party logging programs. Any software that creates a Cabrillo log is OK but the content MUST show the required information. See the rules for details.

Follow links at http://orcadxcc.org/bcqp.html for rules, multiplier list, FAQs, in-depth event analysis/reports and scores from past years, and examples of photo-based certificates and plaques. Different photos every year. Start — or extend — your collection!

BCQP runs in two segments: 12 hours on Saturday and eight hours on Sunday. The segments are NOT split by mode. Operate PH and/or CW as you wish, on one day or both during the designated blocks of time. Everyone can work all 20 hours of the contest or a few hours on Saturday and a few hours on Sunday, or just Saturday or just Sunday. Completely up to each person. There is no required off-time, but there can be NO activity during the gap between the 12-hour block on Saturday and the eight-hour block on Sunday.

Join us! It’s always a whale of a good time.

There’s never been a better time to collect some nice wallpaper for the shack wall. Even if BCQP is not your target contest of the weekend, if you hear a BC station calling “CQ BCQP”, throw out your callsign, find more VE7/VA7s, keep track of the QSOs and send in a log.

**There are many coinciding events on the Feb 5-6 weekend. If you think you might play in several contests,
download the handy same-weekend event schedule showing required exchanges:
http://orcadxcc.org/content/pdf/2022_sked.pdf

**Also, the State QSO Party Challenge returns for another run, kicking off in February 2022, and BCQP is one of the first events in this year-long challenge. For details on the State QSO Party Challenge, please visit www.StateQSOParty.com

Have fun!

Questions?
Email the contest coordinator, Rebecca VA7BEC at va7bec@rac.ca

73 es GL
Rebecca VA7BEC

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Ofcom invites applications for third round of small-scale DAB multiplex licences

Wednesday 26th January 2022

Applications have opened for the third round of small-scale DAB radio multiplex licences for 25 areas across England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

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

The small-scale DAB programme will enable the launch of around 200 multiplexes, covering all four UK nations. We expect these to broadcast a range of radio services, ranging from grass-roots community services to specialist music stations, and services aimed at minority groups and other under-served audiences.

Last month, listeners in areas in North-East England were the first to benefit from this revolution in local radio as a host of new services took to the airwaves.

Thanks to small-scale DAB technology, even more listeners will soon be able to tune in to new local stations, as we today open licence applications for the following areas:

Bedford
Belfast & Lisburn
Coventry
Darlington & Bishop Auckland
Dundee
East Hull
Leicester
Lincoln
Llandudno & Betws-y-Coed
Middlesbrough & Redcar
Milton Keynes
North Aberdeen
Nottingham
Oxford
Rutland & Stamford
Shaftesbury & Blandford Forum
South Aberdeen
Swansea
Swindon & Marlborough
Taunton
Warminster, Devizes & Trowbridge
West Hull
Wetherby & Harrogate
York
Yorkshire Coast

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 25 April 2022. We have updated our guidance for applicants.

We are also announcing today the 27 licence areas that we plan to advertise in the fourth round of small-scale DAB multiplex licences, in the second half of 2022.

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An outburst of noctilucent clouds

Wednesday 26th January 2022

Researchers were surprised yesterday when an outburst of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) appeared over Argentina.

Where did they come from? A tantalizing possibility is the Tonga volcano, which last week blew a cloud of ash and water vapor (a key ingredient of NLCs) more than halfway to space.

Follow this story @ Spaceweather.com

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Online classes help boost Ham Radio in India

Wednesday 26th January 2022

The Bangalore Mirror reports that the move to online amateur radio training has boosted the number taking up the hobby

The newspaper says:

After seeing a dip in 2021, Bengaluru’s interest in amateur radio has picked up again, thanks to online classes.

In 2021, only 60 candidates were from Bengaluru. Courtesy Covid, the Indian Institute of Hams was not able to conduct its offline examinations. In 2022, roughly 181 candidates are expected to sit for the exams this month.

People didn’t have to travel long distances or lose hours in traffic to cater to their interests,” said S Sathyapal VU2FI, director, Indian Institute of HAMs.

Read the full story at
https://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/others/online-classes-help-boost-ham-attendance/articleshow/89047600.cms

Indian Institute of Hams
https://www.indianhams.com/
https://www.facebook.com/VU2IIH

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 26th January 2022

Island activities:
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON

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

EU-026; JW, Spitsbergen Island:
Rag/LB3RE operates as JW/LB3RE from the JW5E station on Spitsbergen between the 28th and 30th on HF (CW). QSL via LB3RE (d/B), ClubLog, LoTW.

EU-031; I*8, Campania Region group:
The special event station II8CAP from Procida Island (IIA C002) draws attention to Procida, the Italian Capital of Culture 2022. QRV until June 30, QSL via IC8ATA and ClubLog.

EU-114; GU/MU, Guernsey group:
Bob/GU4YOX will be active in the 160m contest as MU5E. QSL via LoTW or GU4YOX (d/B).

NA-069; W4, Florida State South West (Charlotte/ Lee County) group:
Members of the Englewood Amateur Radio Society operate from Boca Grande Lighthouse on Boca Grande Island as N4EAR on Jan. 29 (19z to 23z) and Jan. 30 (12z to 19z). QRV mostly on 40 and 20m on SSB.
Operators are W4AII, K7WWR, W1NQT, WA9LFQ, KB8WXI, KN4RKE, and W2CWL. QSL via LoTW.

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

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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Brazil's radio amateurs seek greater protection of spectrum

Tuesday 25th January 2022

In 2021 Brazil's national amateur radio society had discussions with federal government, national and international technical agencies, aimed at maintaining and expanding amateur radio bands

A translation of the LABRE post reads:

Labre's Spectral Management and Defense Group developed in 2021 a large number of institutional contributions during public consultations undertaken by the federal government, national and international technical agencies aimed at maintaining and expanding amateur radio ranges, as well as greater protection of the spectrum in relation to interference generated by unintended sources.

In relation to Anatel's review of the Frequency Band Allocation Plan (PDFF) it was advocated the maintenance of existing ranges, related international notes, the increase of primary service in 70 cm, the expansion of 4 mm (following Radio Regulations of the International Telecommunications Union - ITU) and a new 4 m range (based on experiences in REGION 1 of the ITU), demands still under evaluation. Regarding the consultation on operational procedures for declaration of conformity of Products with Anatel brand, it was advocated that commercial products of unintentional emission, one of the main causes of radio interference, follow electromagnetic compatibility requirements (EMC).In the consultation on the structure and functioning of CBCs (Brazilian Communications Commissions) it was also reinforced the studies and containment of unintentional emissions between the actions of the respective reporting groups.

In relation to Inmetro, LABRE and participated throughout the year in several discussions on the review of the complex technical regulation on photovoltaic systems advocating the insertion of electromagnetic compatibility criteria, with contributions to both internal and public consultations, with the support of the IARU (International Union of Amateur Radio amateurs) by providing, in specific meetings, information requested by LABRE on the international context of the sector in relation to EMC. The same was developed for another consultation of Inmetro, for the consolidation of ordinances related to metrological requirements of electric power meters, indicating the insertion of emissivity limits of these equipment and systems according to international regulations. Both suggestions are under evaluation by the authorities.

The group also participated in meetings of the EMC commissions of Cobei (Brazilian Commission of Electricity, Electronics, Lighting and Telecommunications) that dealt with the nationalization of standards in the area by ABNT (Brazilian Association of Technical Standards), including CISPR-32 and 35 (EMC for multimedia equipment), IEC 61000-6-3, 6-4 and 6-8 (generic environment standards). Also through Cobei, it was possible to participate in consultations by the IEC (International Electrotechnical Committee) on the review and update of technical standards, being able, for example, to express its opposition to relaxation of disturbance limits at low frequencies.

LABRE/GDE also remained active in the Brazilian Communications Commissions (Anatel/CBC), in their preparatory meetings for the meetings of the ITU and CITEL (Inter-American Telecommunications Committee) study groups.

In these groups, the agenda items of the 2023 World Conference are discussed, which update the Radio Regulations as new shares and allocations between the most different services. LABRE is monitoring, integrated with the IARU team, several items that directly or indirectly affect amateur radio, demanding protection for bands such as 6 m, 23 cm and 3 cm. Other items are also being monitored since their developments, during the study cycle, may affect other ranges.

In the ITU study groups, new reports and recommendations are also reviewed or developed. LABRE/GDE participates in the elaboration of a new question of studies on interference from unintentional sources, a new report on RFI from home appliances, in the review of recommendations on service characteristics, in addition to monitoring other documents that may impact the spectrum, such as recommendations on WPT (Wireless Power Transfer).

LABRE/GDE is also active internally at IARU in the Coordination for CITEL Affairs, the Band Plan Committee (BPC) and the Satellite Frequency Coordination Committee. This year, it was possible to contribute to internal consultations at the BPC on VHF and higher bands, and proposals for reviewing the Bands Plan that seek worldwide harmonization in some bands.

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

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Nasa spots solar explosion with the potential to cause radio blackouts on Earth

Tuesday 25th January 2022

Nasa has caught sight of an explosion more than 100 million km from Earth.

The explosion was a solar flare — a powerful burst of energy on the sun— that was caught by Nasa’s sun-observing Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) on January 20.

Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory watches the sun constantly and captured an image of the event. The images show the solar flare as a bright flash on the right side of the sun.

Solar flares and eruptions can impact radio communications, electric power grids and navigation signals on Earth. They can also pose risks to spacecraft and astronauts.

This flare is classified as an M5.5 class flare, by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) ‘space weather scale’, which is considered to be of moderate strength.

Solar flares like this are essentially a massive release of electromagnetic radiation. When an outburst occurs, that radiation spreads out across our solar system at the speed of light. If it’s powerful enough, the burst of energy can directly influence radio waves, electronics, and other Earth-based technologies.

This particular flare had the potential to black out high-frequency radio communications ‘for tens of minutes’ on Earth’s sunlit side. The blackouts were supposed to affect high-frequency communication, primarily impacting the 3 to 30 MHz band. However, solar flares do not affect smartphone GPS systems or most modern navigational technology for that matter.

Solar flares usually take place in areas on the sun marked by the presence of strong magnetic fields called active regions. As these magnetic fields evolve, they can reach a point of instability and release energy in a variety of forms including electromagnetic radiation, which are observed as solar flares.

The NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center is the US government’s official source for space weather forecasts, watches, warnings, and alerts.

Nasa works as a research arm of the nation’s space weather effort by observing the sun and our space environment constantly with a fleet of spacecraft that study everything from the sun’s activity to the solar atmosphere and magnetic fields in the space surrounding Earth.

Source: Metro by Anugraha Sundaravelu
https://metro.co.uk/2022/01/24/nasa-spots-solar-explosion-with-the-potential-to-cause-radio-blackouts-15971574/?

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Bouvet Island DXpedition news

Tuesday 25th January 2022

The following was posted on the 3Y0J FaceBook page by Ken, LA7GIA, on January 22nd, with pictures and videos

Today the 3Y0J team spent a full day offshore @ Ulsteinvik, Norway . Together with Captain Arnt Skinnes and his 3 crew members on Stero we tested the unmanned zodiak landing, where the purpose is to land zodiak with equipment in a safe way.

We drove 16h with car from Oslo to the 3Y0J test site. During the testing Stero ended up in rescuing a FRC boat drifting with broken engine in heavy sea. This cut short our testing a bit but further testing will be carried out in our mission to activate this rare #2 DXCC Bouvet island. After a successful weekend we return home and will continue working on the logistic concepts. Follow our journey to Bouvet!

For the pictures and videos, go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3093983840726129

OPDX

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Launch of a wooden satellite still pending

Tuesday 25th January 2022

Two spacecraft comprised of wood or using wooden framing are hoping to launch this year and next. One will carry an amateur radio payload.

WISA Woodsat, a Finnish spacecraft that planned to include an amateur radio payload, was forced to postpone its announced launch target from 2021 to 2022 after the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination system turned away its request to use amateur radio frequencies.

“I regret to inform you that IARU is not in a position to support the WISA Woodsat Coordination request,” the coordinator said. “The main reason is that the primary mission doesn’t seem to be an amateur mission.”

As announced last year, WISA Woodsat was designed to accommodate multiple missions — from materials science, space education, and awareness to promoting and facilitating amateur radio communication with and via satellites. No transponder was on board, but the satellite’s sponsors said they had the support of Finland’s IARU member-society, SRAL, to use amateur radio frequencies. They are now reworking the spacecraft to use commercial radio frequencies.

“To our great disappointment, we can’t serve the radio amateur community with the LoRa-repeater mission as we had hoped and planned. We will continue to share the pictures and data online, but the technical aspect has been diminished due to this decision,” said WISA Woodsat’s Chief Engineer Samuli Nyman of Arctic Astronautics.

Meanwhile, LignoSat, a 1U-sized CubeSat with an outside structure mainly composed of wood, has applied for IARU frequency coordination and hopes to launch from the ISS in 2023. Built by students at Japan’s Kyoto University, LignoSat includes a unique amateur radio payload but not a transponder.

The LignoSat application for IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination in December said the CubeSat would carry amateur radio equipment that will extract call signs of amateur radio stations from uplinked FM packet signals and respond to them via the CW downlink and the sender’s call signs to convey thank you messages. The plan proposes UHF downlinks for CW and FM.

The satellite’s development team, comprised of Kyoto University and Sumitomo Forestry Company, said it’s aiming to harness the environmental friendliness and the economy of wood in spacecraft development. They say a satellite with a wooden exterior would burn up upon re-entering Earth’s atmosphere at the end of its mission, lessening its burden on the environment. The wooden framework also will permit the satellite’s antennas to be inside the spacecraft. A plan is under way to use an experimental apparatus on the International Space Station to hold wooden sheets of varying hardness, taken from several tree species, attached. These would remain exposed to the space environment for about 9 months to determine their deterioration.

The team is headed by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Tako Doi. Now a Kyoto University professor, Doi was the first JAXA astronaut to take part in spacewalks from the shuttle Columbia in 1997. He said the concept, if successful, could lead the way to “allowing even children who are interested in space to make a satellite.” LignoSat would be deployed from the ISS in July 2023.

ANS

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St. Patrick’s Day weekend Flora and Fauna activity event

Tuesday 25th January 2022

WWFF, World Wide Flora and Fauna in Amateur Radio is a long standing award scheme internationally and has more than 26,000 Protected Flora and Fauna (PFF) areas worldwide which are registered in the WWFF Directory.

The EI Flora and Fauna Award scheme, which is affiliated to the international scheme, has has been active since January 1st this year led by coordinator and awards manager Jer EI3HGB and Declan EI9HQLog Manager.

There are over 250 areas defined by the National Parks and Wildlife service and you can find all the necessary information on eiffirl.wordpress.com. Planning is underway for an activity over the four day St. Patricks Day weekend and amateurs are asked to consider getting out and putting one of their local flora and fauna areas on the air.

Certificates will be available for both activators and chasers for this event. Please advise Declan EI9HQ of your plans so duplication can be avoided. Contact Declan by email at eifflogs /at/ gmail.com

IRTS

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European Russia special event

Tuesday 25th January 2022

Radio amateurs from St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region will activate the following special event/memorial stations R900DM (QSL via RC1C), R900DV (via the Bureau), R900RO and R900BL (QSL via UF1M) between now and January 31st.

Activity is to commemorate/dedicate the 78th anniversary of full removal of enemy blockade of Leningrad and 77th anniversary Victories of the Soviet people in the Second World War.

Operations will be on various HF bands and is good towards a FREE "Blockade" diploma (see, http://www.alrs.info/articles.php?article_id=10
or https://www.qrz.ru/news/16844.html).

OPDX

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Propagation Forecast Report

Tuesday 25th January 2022

(January 24-30th).......
Jan/24th LN Jan/27th HN Jan/29th HN
Jan/25th HN Jan/28th HN Jan/30th HN
Jan/26th HN

Solar Reference Keys / Indexes and Geomagnetic Reference

NORMALITY
GEOMAG
K Values

Alpha

AN - Above Normal

Quiet

K=0-1

0-7

HN - High Normal

Unsettled

K=2

8-15

LN - Low Normal

Active

K=3

16-29

BN - Below Normal

Minor Storm

K=4

30-49

DIS - Disturbed

Major Storm

K=5

50-99

VRY DIS - Very Disturbed

Severe Storm

K=6-9

100-400

 

Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites for propagation:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Electronic voting for the 2021 SARL annual financial statements

Tuesday 25th January 2022

In terms of Rule 8.9, the SARL Annual Financial Statements for the Year ended 30 June 2021 were uploaded to the SARL web site on Friday 21 January 2022.

Members have thirty (30) days to consider the accounts, whereafter an electronic vote will take place from 00:01 CAT on Monday 21 February 2022 and will close at 23:59 CAT on Thursday 3 March 2022.

Details about the voting will be published in SARL News closer to the time. Before downloading any document, please read the SARL Communication dated 21 January 2022 very carefully.

SARL

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Junction 28 Radio Rally is back

Monday 24th January 2022

Although we have missed a couple of years, South Normanton, Alfreton and District ARC are very pleased to announce the return of Junction 28 Radio Rally on Sunday 12th June.  Alfreton Leisure Centre, Church St. DE55 7BD. 10 min from M1 Jct28.

Last time saw over 100 tables used by 45 traders, including dealers, manufacturers, large and small suppliers providing new and used equipment from vintage and military to the latest technology including:  SDR; TV; DX; HF; VHF; Microwave. With lots of components, tools and accessories from tiny capacitors through chips, cables and connectors to antenna masts plus books and magazines.

Local and national or specialist clubs were represented, RSGB, RAIBS, G-QRP, BR ARS, etc. so something intended for everybody.

Everything is indoors with Meeting Room,  Bar, Refreshments and full Café onsite.

Opening at 10:15, traders will have access from 08:00.

Tables £10, admission £3. See www.snadarc.com for booking form.

 Alan Jones M0OLT  

secretary @snadarc.com  01332 679913

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Amateur radio equipment being sent to Tonga

Monday 24th January 2022

The UK's Guardian newspaper reports a politician in Tonga has said an airdrop of Ham Radio equipment is being made to provide basic communications in the aftermath of the volcanic eruption

The newspaper says:

"Fusitu’a also tweeted that he was organizing an airdrop of ham radio for basic communications"

The tweet and the follow up question asked by radio amateur Sterling Mann N0SSC can be seen at
https://twitter.com/LordFusitua/status/1484443520643780613

The newspaper article is at
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/21/elon-musk-starlink-internet-tonga-volcano

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The 35th Annual NASWA Winter SWL Festival

Monday 24th January 2022

March 4-5, 2022, Online using the Zoom webinar platform.

The
Winter SWL Fest is a conference of radio hobbyists of all stripes, from DC to daylight. Historically, every year scores of hobbyists have descended on the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania suburbs for a weekend of camaraderie.

The Fest is sponsored by NASWA, the North American Shortwave Association, but it covers much more than just shortwave; mediumwave (AM), scanning, satellite TV, and pirate broadcasting are among the other topics that the Fest covers. Whether you’ve been to every Fest (all 34, starting with the first year at the fabled Pink & Purple Room of the Fiesta Motor Inn) or this year’s will be your first, you’re sure to find a welcome from your fellow hobbyists, even if it’s a “virtual” welcome!.

In 2022, the 35th Annual (!!) Winter SWL Fest will again be going virtual courtesy of the Covid-19 pandemic. All activities will be conducted online via the Zoom webinar platform.

Registration will be $10 per computer screen to defray the Zoom hosting expenses. If you already have a PayPal ID you can simply send $10 from your account to swlfest [at] naswa.net. If you aren’t a PayPal member you may also register online via PayPal here. Paper registrations will not be processed for 2022.

Your hosts,
Richard Cuff and John Figliozzi, work throughout the year to ensure that attendees have a great time over the weekend, and by all accounts, they succeed stunningly. How else could this event have lasted for 35 years (egad) — even with a Pandemic — and draw people from around the world to southeastern Pennsylvania? Won’t you join us.

http://www.swlfest.com/

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South Eastern Amateur Radio Group

Monday 24th January 2022

Planning for the 89th IRTS AGM weekend continues. The event will take place in the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Kilkenny Road, Carlow over the weekend of the 9th and 10th of April.

Hotel rooms are almost all taken so if anyone wishes to book a hotel room for the event immediate booking is advised. Contact hotel reception on 059 9142002 and use the code “IRTS2022” to get special room rate. Dinner tickets for the Gala Dinner on the Saturday evening are available to be pre-booked from John EI7IG. You can get in touch with John on 086 816 7310 or by email to tickets2022 /at/ searg.ie

All up to date information regarding the Saturday Workshop Talks and the Radio Rally on the Sunday morning and other details about the weekend is available on www.irtsagm2022cw.blogspot.com Any IRTS affiliated radio club or group are very welcome to attend the rally and promote their club or group. Tables will be available free of charge, providing they do not sell any radio gear or radio related items.

For any club or group to secure a place at the rally please contact the organizing committee by email to irtsagm2022cw /at/ gmail.com as soon as possible but no later than by Friday the 11th of March 2022 in order to be guaranteed a place. Tables will be allocated on a first come first serve basis so book your table early.

For anyone that wishes to find out more about the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group and their activities you can drop them an email to southeasternarg /at/ gmail.com or please feel free to go along to any of their meetings. You can check their website www.searg.ie and you can also join them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

IRTS

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The Space Weather Woman

Monday 24th January 2022

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

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Radio to the rescue

Monday 24th January 2022

The Georgetown Gazette reports the most recent series of storms shows how amateur radio can play a vital role during power/communications outages

The newspaper says:

As the most recent series of storms showed, power and communications infrastructure can be vulnerable, resulting in extended outages.

Many El Dorado County residents not only lost power during these storms but also vital phone and internet services failed and residents could not reach 911. In areas where heavy snow fell residents were cut off or trapped at home and did not know how or where to obtain vital help or supplies. Even the 24/7 emergency telephone outside the Georgetown Fire Department’s Volcanoville fire station went dead due to downed power and telephone lines.

Since 2019 the El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club has implemented neighborhood radio watch programs throughout El Dorado County. Neighborhood radio watch was developed in response to the growing concerns of wildfire destroying communications systems and placing lives at risk. Led by a team of local amateur “ham” radio operators, the neighborhood radio watch program enables residents to use powerful “non-ham” emergency radios in the event of wildfires, storms or power shutoffs that disable communications systems. Many county residents now keep these low-cost radios ready at home and in their cars so they can reach their family, friends and first responders when all else fails.

Amateur radio and neighborhood radio watch users became especially active during the Caldor Fire and most recently during the storms that blacked out Camino, Pollock Pines and the Georgetown Divide. To help restore emergency communications in the Georgetown area, 12 volunteers from the El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club and its neighborhood radio watches provided more than 112 hours of onsite radio support at the Georgetown IOOF building and the Quintette and Volcanoville fire stations.

Read the full story at
https://www.gtgazette.com/2022/01/22/radio-club-aids-north-county-residents-when-all-else-fails/

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AMSAT EA receives two OSCAR designations: SO-114 and SO-115

Monday 24th January 2022

On January 13, 2022, the EASAT-2 and HADES satellites were launched on a Falcon 9 launch vehicle from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Developed by AMSAT-EA, both satellites carry FM and digital repeater payloads to provide services to amateur radio enthusiasts around the world.

At the request of AMSAT-EA, AMSAT hereby designates EASAT-2 as Spain-OSCAR 114 (SO-114) and HADES as Spain-OSCAR 115 (SO-115). We congratulate AMSAT-EA, thank them for their contribution to the amateur satellite community, and wish them continued success on this and future projects.

Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
AMSAT VP Operations/OSCAR Number Administrator

ANS

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 24th January 2022

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 16th January, through Sunday, 23rd January there were 211 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY,

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

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XX9, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZL7, ZP, ZS

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

OPDX

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QSO Today - Chip Lohman, NN4U

Sunday 23rd January 2022

Chip Lohman, NN4U, was introduced to amateur radio during an early stint as a US Marine stationed next to an Army MARS station.

Fascinated by the technology that could connect him to his family around the World, Chip got his first license.

NN4U has reinvented himself a few times over his career, and he tells this story in this QSO Today.

Listen to the podcast

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AMSATSA announces annual conference date

Sunday 23rd January 2022

AMSATSA has announced the date for the association's 2022 Space Symposium. It will be held on Saturday 23 July 2022. The current planning is to present it as a virtual event on the Blue Jeans platform.

There remains a possibility that it may be a hybrid event including a parallel physical face to face symposium in Johannesburg. Experience over the past two symposiums has shown that virtual events offer the opportunity for many more people to participate. This is likely to persist as the cost of travel and accommodation will probably not return to more affordable levels any time soon.

The theme of the symposium is "Space, the next frontier for expansion of amateur radio.” The symposium programme will cover topics at the entry level of how to set up an inexpensive satellite station, how to get the most out of a hand-held transceiver to explore satellite communication and a more advanced level to doing space research with your own space weather station and how to get involved in building satellites.

Proposals for papers are invited. Each slot is 20 - 30 minutes plus a 10-minute Q&A period. The closing date for proposals is 31 March 2022. Authors will be advised of the acceptance of their paper by mid-April. Final presentations in Word and PowerPoint will be required by 1 July 2022. For more information send an e-mail to admin@amsatsa.org.za

SARL

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AFRICUBE launch application

Sunday 23rd January 2022

AMSAT SA, in partnership with the UCT Space and Astronomy Society, have applied for a sponsored launch to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) for their Access to Space for All programme.

Access to Space for All is a joint initiative of UNOOSA and space agencies, research institutions and industry to offer access to space research facilities, infrastructure and information with the aim of developing technical know-how, engineering processes and infrastructure in the areas of hyper gravity and microgravity, satellite development and space exploration and to promote international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.

This is the second application. Last year the group were not successful but were encouraged by UNOOSA to apply again this year.

AfriCUBE has been running on the test bench for the past six weeks and will, in the next few weeks, be tested on the air from Rooihuiskraal. Development of the control system software has reached an advanced stage and will be incorporated in the AfriCUBE on board computer to carry out practical evaluations. The control software will enable AfriCUBE to be programmed from the ground to place the satellite in a specific mode.

SARL

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TAPR WSPR

Sunday 23rd January 2022

The Tuscon Amateur Packet Radio Club, TAPR, is a well known organizationtion that pioneered packet radio. Today, they are still at the bleeding edge of data transmission in amateur radio.

Completing their line of kits covering all HF bands and beyond, TAPR now announces a 160m and 80m band add-on for the popular Raspberry Pi single board computers, a small board turning it into a WSPR transmitter.

Take a look at www.tapr.org

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FM VHF/UHF Contest

Sunday 23rd January 2022

South Africa's national society SARL are holding an FM contest on the VHF/UHF bands to boost activity and enable newcomers to get experience of contest operating

SARL News reports:

The SARL VHF/UHF FM contest will run from 12:00 to 16:00 UTC on Saturday, February 5, 2022 and the aim is to promote activity on FM simplex frequencies on the following bands - 6 m from 51.500 to 51.550 MHz, 2 m from 145.500 to 145.575 MHz and 70 cm from 433.500 to 433.550 MHz.

Clubs are encouraged to get their members to work greater distances than usual on simplex by operating portable/field stations and let their new members get the feeling of taking part in a contest.

Full details can be found on pages 24 and 25 of the 2022 SARL Contest Manual
http://www.sarl.org.za/public/contests/contestrules.asp


Source SARL News February 23
http://www.sarl.org.za/public/_news/read.asp

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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 22nd January 2022

Bringing an upconverter into your life

A couple of days ago, after months of anticipation, an unassuming little box arrived on my doorstep. Inside the box was a nondescript electronic device with two SMA connectors and a USB socket. Other than the branding, there were no markings on the device and it came without any instructions.

It did come with a couple of SMA adaptors, which came in handy.

A little research later determined which of the two SMA adaptors connected to an antenna and which connected to a radio.

The gadget itself is called an upconverter.

It's an interesting little device that essentially mixes two frequencies together, creating two new ones, start with say 720 kHz and mix it with 120 MHz and you end up with 120.720 MHz and 119.28 MHz. In other words, if you mix two frequencies together, you end up with both the sum and the difference of those frequencies.

If you have a radio that can listen to 120 MHz, but cannot listen to 720 kHz, then using an upconverter, you can, as it were, expand the frequency range of your radio to hear different signals.

I purchased the upconverter with the intent of connecting it to my PlutoSDR, since the lowest frequency it can do is 70 MHz. Combine the two and I should be able to listen to all of the amateur HF frequencies at once.

Given that my PlutoSDR is currently doing something else, I had a look at using the upconverter with my WSPR beacon monitor that uses an RTL-SDR dongle. Technically it's not required, since my particular dongle can be used to tune to HF frequencies, but as an experiment, it works well enough.

So, I connected the antenna to the upconverter, the upconverter to the dongle and the dongle to a Raspberry Pi, a single board computer that runs Linux. Essentially the exact same setup I've been running for years, except that I inserted the upconverter between the dongle and the antenna.

That and some power took care of the hardware.

The software initially gave me some challenges. After discovering that the tool I'm using, rtlsdr_wsprd, has an option for an upconverter, I was up and running in minutes.

So, at the moment, and for the next foreseeable little while, my WSPR monitor is using an upconverter to scan HF. Technically this should increase the sensitivity by a significant amount, since the dongle is better suited to tuning to higher frequencies than it is to lower ones, but only time will tell.

I updated my monitoring scripts to take into account if the frequency I was monitoring was out of range, so it currently won't report on anything above 60 MHz, but then that's fine for what I'm working on.

I've updated the script on github if you want to have a look. It's nothing fancy, it essentially checks to see if there's a file called upconverter and if so, it calls a slightly different monitoring script.

Given that I have existing logging data associated with this monitor, I should be able to discover if there's any significant difference between what I've been monitoring to date and what's coming in now that an upconverter is in the listening chain. Theoretically, I should be able to hear weaker signals, but time will tell.

One thing that was interesting whilst I was discovering how this all works and hangs together is that it wasn't immediately obvious how to set it all up in software. I tried several tools to make sense of the data. In the end the combination of gqrx, setting the local oscillator offset to a negative frequency, in my case 120 MHz, got me to the point where I could set the frequency to 720 kHz and hear my local broadcast station, whilst the software actually, secretly behind the scenes, added 120 MHz to that and tuned the radio to 120.720 MHz.

Once I got my head around that, things started falling into place.

The same is true for rtlsdr_wsprd, adding the upconverter flag with the value of 120MHz, got my monitoring station up and running.

This is a pretty user friendly way of getting started with frequency mixers. You might recall my exploration into components apparently made from unobtainium. The intent is to use a variable frequency to achieve a similar thing, but that's a project still on the drawing board, for now, I have a fixed frequency, 120 MHz, which is plenty to get started.

If you're curious why I'd want a stable variable frequency, consider for example, what might happen if you transmit from a HF frequency into an upconverter. Perhaps you could use your HF capable WSPR beacon to make a signal on 2m or 70cm. 120 MHz won't cut it, but perhaps you can work out what's needed to get from the 10m WSPR band to the 2m WSPR band, or the 70cm WSPR band.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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New RSGB Honorary Treasurer

Saturday 22nd January 2022

The RSGB Board is pleased to confirm the appointment of Chris Wood, GD6TWF as Honorary Treasurer with immediate effect.

Chris is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has spent many years as a senior accountant within the banking industry, with roles including director level responsibilities and audit.

Chris lives on the Isle of Man and continues to enjoy his long interest in yachting as a volunteer with the Isle of Man Sailing for the Disabled Charity. He joined the RSGB and became licensed whilst still at school and has maintained his interest since.

The Society welcomes Chris to his new role.

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Portugal acts against radio interference

Saturday 22nd January 2022

IARU-R1 reports Portugal's communications regulator ANACOM acts to eradicate interference and abuse of radio spectrum

The IARU Region 1 story says:

José Francisco de Almeida, CT4AN, IARUMS Coordinator from REP (Rede dos Emissores Portugueses; Portugal), informed that ANACOM (Portuguese Communications Authority) acts to eradicate interference and the abuse of several frequencies, including deeply protecting the amateur bands.
https://www.anacom.pt/render.jsp?contentId=1713864

“ANACOM, the Portuguese National Authority for Communications, carried out a series of inspections with the Maritime Police, in an area between the ports of Caminha and Peniche. The actions in question aimed at verifying the status, operability and correct use of radiocommunications equipment installed on board vessels. In these actions, the most frequently detected violations or anomalies are related to the use of frequencies not authorized or not assigned to the maritime mobile service.

In 2021 last quarter, ANACOM carried out a series of inspections with the Portuguese Maritime Police, in an area between the ports of Caminha and Peniche. The actions in question aim to verify the status, operation and correct use of radiocommunications equipment installed on board vessels. If they are not working well or being used under the right conditions, or in the appropriate spectrum bands, they may interfere with other services and may make the correct operation of emergency communications unfeasible.

The actions were carried out in the ports of Póvoa de Varzim, Vila do Conde; Viana do Castelo; Caminha; Aveiro; Leixões; on the Douro River—Cais da Alfândega (Porto) and Cais da Lixa (Gondomar); and in Peniche.

In total, 20 vessels were checked, for coastal fishing, distant fishing, hotel ships and pleasure boats.

In these joint actions with the Maritime Police, the most frequently detected violations or anomalies are related to the use of frequencies not authorized or not assigned to the maritime mobile service. In some cases, non-certified equipment or equipment not suitable for use on vessels, as well as unauthorized radiocommunication encryption devices, were detected. In these actions, ANACOM carries out inspections on the equipment, and it is up to the Maritime Police to take the necessary measures.“

In the past, ANACOM operations such as this one lead to successful actions.

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

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Jonathan Groves, M0VRI co-opted as RSGB Board Director

Saturday 22nd January 2022

Jonathan Groves, M0VRI has been co-opted to the RSGB Board until the AGM 2022 to carry out a three-month review of RSGB youth activities and opportunities.

He has been an active member of the Examinations and Syllabus Review Group for some time and will be presented to the membership for endorsement as a Nominated Director at the forthcoming AGM.

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RSGB National Radio Centre re-opens soon

Saturday 22nd January 2022

The RSGB National Radio Centre will re-open to visitors from Monday 31 January and will be open seven days a week.

Visitors will be encouraged to wear face masks although this will not be mandatory. The number of people accessing the radio room will be limited and, for the time being, visiting radio amateurs will not be able to operate the GB3RS station.

The voucher system for RSGB Members to gain free admission will be available again from midday on 30 January and you will no longer need to book an arrival time at Bletchley Park.

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5 reasons to attend March 12-13 QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

Saturday 22nd January 2022

Our next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo will be held live from March 12-13, and then on-demand for 30 days afterwards. We promise an amazing learning and networking experience to help you improve your amateur radio knowledge and get exposed to new ideas, equipment, and practical techniques. No need to travel - participate from your home or office! Information can be found at https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com.

Here are 5 reasons why you must attend:

Listen, engage with 60+ internationally recognized ham radio luminaries. Our speakers are experts and deeply know their material. Most importantly, they’ve worked hard to make sure that you’ll understand the material and can apply it immediately to your projects.

So, so many different topics - everybody will find something of high value. There’s content for everyone whether a newly licensed ham looking for next steps to using that license or a 30+ year experienced ham looking for new projects. Some of the more interesting presentations include: Core HF Communication Concepts: Fundamentals of Shortwave Propagation; Deep Dive of An FPGA DVB-S2 Implementation; Fun With The NanoVNA; and Helically Wound Vertical for 160M.

Click Here for Presentation List

Watch as many presentations as you want! A big limitation of in-person events is that you can’t watch many of the presentations (you can only be in one room at a time). At the Expo, return anytime within 30 days to view any speakers and presentations you missed as well as explore exhibitor offerings.

Check out our live Kumospace video lounges for attendees to interact with each other and exhibitors. At the Expo we’ll debut exciting but proven technology to further improve the live video interaction experience with exhibitors and fellow operators. You’ll find this is a great way to meet up with friends, talk to vendors, and network on specific subject areas.

Take advantage of our calendar technology to efficiently organize your time. Once our presentations are scheduled, you can download speaker times in your local time zone directly to your Google or Outlook calendar. You’ll then have a complete schedule of sessions to join to maximize your time during the Live period with speakers that are the most important.

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®, is a QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Partner. FlexRadio is the Expo’s Platinum Sponsor, Elecraft is our Gold sponsor as of this time.

Early Bird Tickets will go on sale February 1st, 2022, and are just $10 (through March 6) and then $13.50 to the end of the on-demand period. Tickets include entry for the Live 2 day period and the 30 day on-demand period. Save on gas, lodging, and transit time to attend the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo on March 12th and 13th. For more information, go to https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com

Save the dates: March 12-13, 2022 on your calendar!

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RSGB arranges special RSL for Queen’s Jubilee celebrations

Saturday 22nd January 2022

Ofcom has kindly agreed to an RSGB request that radio amateurs licensed by Ofcom may celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen by using the special RSL ‘Q’.

This will be available for use throughout June 2022 and will require a Notice of Variation that will be available via our website shortly.

The Society is also working on other events and activities that it hopes will appeal to a wide range of people.

Further details will be released over the coming weeks.

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Germany's ham radio society hit by cyber attack

Friday 21st January 2022

The national society for German radio amateurs, DARC, was hit by a cyber attack on January 15. As of January 20 their website was still down

In a post the DARC say:

On 15.01.2022 the homepage of the DARC became the target of a cyber attack. The attack exploited a security vulnerability in a plugin in a Wordpress installation. On 17.01.2022 the attack spread to the main pages of our association. The attack was detected on 17.01.2022 and then promptly stopped and repelled. At 22:00 on the same day, the homepage from Friday's backup could be put back online.

Our provider analyzed the traffic for the affected period and said that he could not detect any abnormalities, so a data leak can not be assumed.

We therefore assume that the – presumably automated – attack was only aimed at redirecting to Russian websites and not spying on member data. The member data is stored in folders separate from the website. Complete bank details or other sensitive information are not included in this data, as the bank details stored for the purposes of assignment are only stored in abbreviated form. The login passwords of the members are stored encrypted.

Despite the unlikely risk of data leakage, the Board of Directors would like to inform you of the process and will take further action to be on the safe side. In order to clarify the facts, the Executive Board has filed a criminal complaint against unknown persons. Likewise, the Hessian data protection officer was informed today as a precaution about the hacker attack. Furthermore, an IT company is commissioned with the forensic processing of the facts.

We also took immediate action to secure our systems. We will continue to implement measures in the coming days to further increase the security of our systems.

The Executive Board takes this attack very seriously and has stipulated that our system may not go fully online again until safe operation is guaranteed. In addition to various other topics, it is also about the security of passwords for the internal area of the members. To this end, the first measures have already been discussed, which will be communicated and implemented in the coming days.

We therefore ask our members for your understanding if the homepage with all its peripherals will not be available as usual in the next few days. The next few days and weeks will also bring various changes to ensure the security of the member data entrusted to us in the future.

In order to maintain communication during this time, we will use Facebook in addition to Twitter to inform you.

DARC
https://darc.de/

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Extended ARRL team will support February’s ARRL National Convention in Orlando

Friday 21st January 2022

A large ARRL team of member-volunteers, program representatives, and presenters will advance the convention theme inviting attendees to “reDiscover Radio” at Orlando HamCation, host of the 2022 ARRL National Convention February 10 – 13. A wide-ranging roster of workshops, exhibits, and activities will educate and entertain radio amateurs committed to developing knowledge and skills in radio technology and radio communication.

The convention will be held in two parts. On Thursday, February 10, an all-day ARRL National Convention Program will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld. Advance registration is required and includes a series of day-long ARRL Training Tracks and a National Convention luncheon. Registration can be completed online

DX Engineering is the Official Sponsor of the 2022 ARRL National Convention Program.

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 11 – 13, HamCation will take place at the Central Florida Fairgrounds and Expo Park in Orlando — an 87-acre lakefront fairgrounds. The convention marks the 75th anniversary of HamCation — one of the largest, annual gatherings of radio amateurs in the US. HamCation tickets can be purchased online until January 31 and at the gate during the event. 

The centerpiece of ARRL’s participation will be a large exhibit area in the East and West Hall. Nearly a dozen ARRL program areas will be represented, including Radiosport and DXCC Card Checking, Radio Clubs, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service®, Development, and the ARRL Foundation.

A suite of exhibits organized by the ARRL Education and Learning Department will include an introduction to the new ARRL Learning Center. ARRL Education and Learning Manager Steve Goodgame, K5ATA, will introduce this new member benefit that includes online courses, videos, and other amateur radio instruction and training. At another booth, ARRL Education and Technology Program Instructor Tommy Gober, N5DUX, will cover the ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology. 

ARRL has invited several ham radio content creators from popular YouTube channels to meet and interact with attendees in the exhibit area. Josh Nass, KI6NAZ, of the popular “Ham Radio Crash Course” YouTube channel, will moderate. He is the 2020 winner of the ARRL Bill Leonard Award for outstanding published media that advances amateur radio. Visitors will have a chance to meet ARRL authors and editors.

ARRL Laboratory engineers and volunteers will offer free testing of visitors’ handheld radios. This service will determine the spectral purity of the output signal from their radios.

Members and other attendees can meet ARRL elected officials and Field Organization volunteers at the Southeastern Division booth to catch up on events and to explore opportunities to get involved through their ARRL Sections and radio clubs.

The exhibit area will also include the ARRL store and membership area, where visitors may join, renew, or extend ARRL and Diamond Club memberships and purchase publications, apparel, and 2022 Field Day products. New ARRL Membership Manager Matt Caruso will be eager to meet and greet members.

ARRL is sponsoring three forums at HamCation:

Thursday’s Training Tracks at the DoubleTree Hotel are organized as all-day workshops led by experienced presenters. Four tracks being offered include Contest University (CTU), Emergency Communications Academy, Hands-On Handbook, and Technology Academy. Registration includes a seat at the National Convention Luncheon, which will feature a keynote address by David Minster.

Contest University will make its debut in the ARRL Southeastern Division. CTU Chairman Tim Duffy, K3LR, has organized the workshop with Teri Grizer, K8MNJ, assembling a team of experienced contesters as presenters and instructors. Presentations will include Fred Kleber, K9VV/NP2X, on “Contesting and Emergency Preparedness from the Caribbean;” Chris Blake, NX4N, and George Wagner, K5KG, on “Mobile QSO Party Contesting;” Luis Romero, W4LT, on “SSB Contest Audio Characteristics,” and Claudio Veroli, I4VEQ, on “World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) 2022/23.” Duffy will present “The Antenna Notebook.” Max Fountain, KJ4EUT, will offer a youth perspective, covering ways to use amateur radio contesting to attract more young people to amateur radio and retain them.

Emergency Communications Academy has been organized by ARES® Letter Editor Rick Palm, K1CE, and EmComm instructor Gordon Gibby, KX4Z. A panel of nationally recognized experts and trainers will conduct this workshop, which will cover current events, EmComm techniques, hardware, and software. Presenters include C. Matthew Curtin, KD8TTE; Helen Straughn, WC4FSU; Leland Gallup, AA3YB; Arc Thames, W4CPD; Christine Duez, K4KJN; Earl McDow, K4ZSW, and Jeff Capehart, W4UFL. ARRL staff, including Director of Emergency Management Josh Johnston, KE5MHV, and Field Services Manager Mike Walters, W8ZY, will be on hand.

Nass will lead the Hands-On Handbook Training Track. Presenters will take a deeper dive into a handful of popular amateur radio activities. Jason Johnston, KC5HWB, of the YouTube channel “Ham Radio 2.0” will present “Getting Started in Parks on the Air (POTA).” Additional presentations will feature Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, on “Amateur Satellites — Getting on the Air, and Operating from (almost) Anywhere;” Kyle Krieg, AA0Z, with “Intro to Remote Operating,” and Education and Technology Program Instructor Tommy Gober, N5DUX, with “Coding in Amateur Radio.”

ARRL Pacific Division Director Kristen McIntyre, K6WX, will lead the Technology Academy. “Amateur radio is based on technology. The more we know about how things work, the more effective we can be as radio operators,” said McIntyre, who will also share a presentation about SWR. ARRL Lab Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, will present “Compliance with the new RF-Exposure Rules,” covering the rules and recent changes by the FCC. Michelle Thompson, W5NYV, will present “Digital Communications Technology,” offering an understanding for how information travels over the air and how digital communication works. Joel Wilhite, KD6W, will present “Digital Amateur Television — A New Paradigm.” He will include a review of broadcast television technology being deployed into the US market, including ATSC 3.0 — Next Gen TV, and share opportunities that will influence the next generation of digital amateur television. Bob McGwier, N4HY, will present “ARDC Technical Projects and GEO/HEO Spacecraft Proposals,” discussing major projects supported by Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) to advance significant technical innovation in amateur radio. ARRL Central Division Vice Director Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, who sits on the ARRL Electromagnetic Compatibility Committee, will also present (TBD).

The Orlando Amateur Radio Club sponsors Orlando HamCation. Hundreds of volunteers, including radio amateurs from radio clubs throughout the region, help support the event. Further details about the convention are available at www.arrl.org/expo and www.hamcation.com.

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RSGB launches University Corner page

Friday 21st January 2022

The RSGB ask: Are you a member of a university Amateur Radio club or would you like to join one? Are you keen to revive or start a club?

The Society has created a web page to help university radio amateurs contact each other. To see the list and find out how to add your details:
https://rsgb.org/main/clubs/university-corner/

Follow the RSGB at
https://twitter.com/theRSGB

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US airlines warn of impending 5G flight disruption

Friday 21st January 2022

The 10 biggest US airlines have warned that the impending switch-on of 5G mobile phone services will cause 'major disruption' to flights.

They said the start of Verizon and AT&T 5G mobile phone services, planned for Wednesday, would cause a "completely avoidable economic calamity".

Airlines fear C-band 5G signals will disrupt planes' navigation systems, particularly those used in bad weather.

The warning was issued in a letter sent to US aviation authorities.

The chief executives of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines were joined by others in saying: "Immediate intervention is needed to avoid significant operational disruption to air passengers, shippers, supply chain and delivery of needed medical supplies", including vaccine distribution.

The BBC has seen the letter outlining their urgent concerns. It was sent to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, as well as the head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the chair of the Federal Communications Commission and the director of the National Economic Council.

The BBC understands that negotiations are continuing at the highest levels of the US government about what has been described as a "very fluid situation".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-60036831

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Two radio amateurs appointed to the FCC Technological Advisory Council (TAC)

Friday 21st January 2022

FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel named two prominent radio amateurs among her appointments to the FCC Technological Advisory Council (TAC) on January 19. Appointed were Greg Lapin, N9GL, and Michelle Thompson, W5NYV. Lapin chairs the ARRL RF Safety Committee and has represented ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio on the TAC since 2001. on the TAC since 2001.

ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, noted that Lapin has been involved with RF safety and the FCC since the last FCC significant rules changes in 1998, he said. "He is again helping the FCC prepare information on OET Bulletin 65 Supplement B for amateur radio, giving guidance for amateurs who need to comply with the FCC rules on RF exposure. His work is highly respected by the FCC and the ARRL Lab, making it easier for amateurs to evaluate their stations.”

Thompson is CEO of the Open Research Institute (ORI), which she will represent on the TAC. ORI is a non-profit research and development organization dedicated to open-source work that includes such areas as amateur satellites and digital communications. She is an ARRL Life Member. Thompson will discuss “Digital Communications Technology” on February 10 at the ARRL National Convention in Orlando, as part of the Technology Academy workshop Track.

The TAC serves to assist the FCC in identifying important areas of innovation and developing informed technology policies that support US competitiveness in the global economy. The TAC will consider and advise the FCC on topics such as 6G, artificial intelligence, advanced spectrum-sharing technologies, and emerging wireless technologies, including new tools to restore internet access during shutdowns and other disruptions. The TAC will hold its first meeting of the year on February 28. 

ARRL

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Local ham club offering license tests

Friday 21st January 2022

The Highland Amateur Radio Association will conduct a Federal Communications Commission approved test session for obtaining an amateur radio license on Saturday, Feb 19.

According to HARA Vice President Tom Mongold, Jr., the test will take place at the Highland County Emergency Management Agency Office, 1487 N. High St., Hillsboro, and will start at 9 a.m. Tests for all three amateur radio license classes will be given.

Mongold said the popularity of obtaining an amateur radio license has been increasing for the past several years and, therefore, demand for testing opportunities has risen. As a result pre-registration for this test session is necessary. Those wishing to test will need to provide an FCC issued FRN. Mongold may be contacted at 937-272-4207 for information about how to obtain the FRN and the website address to pre-register. Questions regarding HARA’s license testing program and any health and safety related questions may also be directed to him.

Presently, there are no fees to hold an amateur radio license or to take a test through the Highland ARA’s Volunteer Examination Program.

The Highland Amateur Radio Association is an organization of more than 125 Highland County individuals who have an interest in amateur radio communications and electronics. General information about the hobby and service and how to obtain a license can be located on the American Radio Relay League website at www.arrl.org. Information about the local club can be obtained on the Highland ARA Facebook page at highlandara@gmail.com or by contacting club information officer John Levo at 937-393-4951.

Source: https://www.timesgazette.com/news/62619/local-ham-club-offering-license-tests

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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 21st January 2022

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

MAURITIUS, 3B8. Ray, HB9DNG is QRV as 3B8HH. Activity is on 80 to 2 meters, and possibly 160 meters, using CW and some SSB. He will soon be active using RTTY and PSK. QSL via bureau.

KENYA, 5Z. Ferdy, HB9DSP is QRV as 5Z4/HB9DSP until January 31. Activity is on 20, 15, and 10 meters using SSB and some FT8. QSL via LoTW.

JAMAICA, 6Y. Neville, G3RFS is QRV as 6Y5FS for two months. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL via G4BWP.

GUADELOUPE, FG. Members of the Radio Club de Montceau Les Mines are QRV as TO6S from Terre de Haut, IOTA NA-114, until February 1. QSL via EA5GL.

ST. MARTIN, FS. Peter, G4HSO is QRV as FS/G4HSO until January 31. Activity is on various HF bands using mainly CW. QSL via LoTW.

ENGLAND, G. Special event stations GB1900HA and GB1900HW will be QRV from January 24 to December 23 to commemorate the 1900th anniversary since the beginning of the construction of Hadrian's Wall. QSL via LoTW.

ST. LUCIA, J6. Operators K9HZ and K8SD are QRV as J68HZ from Soufriere until February 8. This includes being an entry in the upcoming ARRL SSB DX contest. QSL via LoTW.

JAPAN, JA. Take, JI3DST is QRV as JI3DST/5, JJ5RBH, and JS6RRR/5 from Shodo Island, IOTA AS-200, until February 24. Activity is on 160 meters to 70 centimeters using CW, SSB, RTTY, FM, and FT8. QSL to home call.

FAROE ISLANDS, OY. Operators Cornel, YP5C and Mihai, YO6SM are QRV as OY/YP5C and OY/YO6SM, respectively. Activity has been mainly on 20 meters using SSB. Their length of stay is unknown. QSL to home calls.

ARUBA, P4. Mathias, DL4MM will be QRV as P4/DL4MM from January 23 to February 1. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, and FT8 with a focus on the low bands. This includes being active as P40AA in the upcoming CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest. QSL to home call.

BRAZIL, PY. Special event station PR200IND is QRV to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Brazil's independence. QSL via LoTW.

ANTARCTICA. Alex, UG1A is QRV as RI1ANC from Vostok Station until early February. Activity is in his spare time using mainly CW. QSL via RN1ON.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. Special event stations R900BL, R900DM, R900DV, and R900RO are QRV from St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast until January 31 to mark the annual commemoration of the end of the 900-day siege of Leningrad in World War II. QSL via operators' instructions.

MONTSERRAT, VP2M. Thaire, W2APF is QRV as VP2MDX until February 18. He is active on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

VIET NAM, XV. Eddy, XV1X is QRV from Hanoi until January 23 and is active on 40 meters using CW. QSL to home call.

INDONESIA, YB. Stations YB6ABO/p, YC1BIQ/6, YD0AVE/6, and YE1AR/6 are QRV from Pulau Rondo, IOTA OC-245, until January 27. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, and FT8. QSL via N2OO.

ST. HELENA, ZD7. Station ZD7MY has been QRV on 10 meters using FT8 around 1800z. QSL direct.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Jim, WB2REM is QRV as ZF2OO until January 2023. Activity is holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using mostly FT8 and FT4, as well as CW and SSB. QSL via LoTW.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The North American SSB QSO Party, North American Collegiate SSB Championship, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, Marconi Club ARI Loano CW QSO Party Day, BARTG RTTY Sprint, RSGB AFS SSB Contest, Classic Phone Exchange and OK1WC CW Memorial are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Australia Day Contest, SKCC CW Sprint, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, Phone Weekly Test, CWops Test, Mini-Test CW 40, Mini-Test CW 80, UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest and AWA Linc Cundall Memorial CW Contest are all scheduled for January 24 to 27.

Please see January QST, page 76, and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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Nordic HF Conference 2022 to be held in Fårö Sweden

Thursday 20th January 2022

The Nordic HF Conference takes place every 3 years, the next one is planned for August 15-17, 2022

Norway's NRRL reports:

The conference is a meeting place for industry and defense research within HF, as well as radio amateurs.

The conference takes place in a very relaxed and informal atmosphere on Fårö, an island north of Gotland on the Swedish east coast. There will be many exciting lectures and lectures and the warm August evenings are often spent outdoors, with a glass in hand, in conversations about HF, or in an exhibition tent together with radios and antennas. One of the evenings, an RPO race is held.

Nordic HF Conference has its own website where you will find a lot of useful information about the conference, a link to registration, and a look back at previous conferences, see
https://www.nordichf.org/


Source NRRL
https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Norway

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Networks of Service

Thursday 20th January 2022

President of The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC), Marty Justis W9WMJ, writes about Amateur Radio and the Legion

His article says:

Ninety years ago, The American Legion’s National Security Commission encouraged posts to form amateur radio groups in support of civil defense. Posts across the nation became involved with ham radio at that time and the American Legion Amateur Radio Network was soon on the air. That "network," unfortunately, became all but obsolete by the 1960s.

Today, however, many posts are enjoying a resurgence of prominence in amateur radio that began in 2011 with the nationwide start-up of the American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC). This nationally sanctioned program, which is open and free to all American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion members who are licensed amateur radio operators, was refocused and now promotes amateur radio among posts as an avenue for community service with an eye toward growing Legion membership numbers.

The goal of serving the community figures largely in the life of The American Legion. As an organization, community service should be a mainstay for every post. There’s reference to that at the close of a post’s regular meeting when the commander reminds us: “Let service to the community, state and nation be ever a main objective of The American Legion and its members.” That was a precept of the organization when founded, and it’s still the basis for our existence almost 103 years later.

There are a number of examples as to how a Legion post can serve their community through amateur radio. One is found at Danville (Ky.) American Legion Post 46 in the partnership they formed with the Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club. As a ham for over 40 years, TALARC member and then-post commander Tony Cromwell chose to offer aid to this local club that lost its home in a neighboring building. As commander, Cromwell recognized the ability of his post to host the organization, gain membership and advance everyone’s mission. That realization led to the Wilderness Road club becoming a post-approved activity. “A valuable community asset was rescued and will now go forth as an American Legion post resource in providing emergency communications support during natural disasters,” he noted.

As recognized by Cromwell and Post 46’s membership, establishing a club is vital to expanding and extending Legion volunteer services throughout a community. First, however, is the need for eligible individuals to come together as an American Legion Amateur Radio Club with sanction from their post’s leadership.

In the first year of TALARC’s existence, membership was modest with several hundred individual members and 13 post-supported clubs. Today, nearly 5,000 members and 57 post-supported clubs make the American Legion Amateur Radio Club among the largest in the nation.

Ham radio is an interesting and enjoyable hobby as well as an invaluable resource “when all else fails.” When severe weather, natural disasters or other catastrophes strike and power lines and cellphone towers are knocked out, ham radio has always stood up to serve communities across the nation. There is also a more relaxed, more visible and more regular use for amateur radio, and it’s done through augmenting communications and safety efforts during parades, marathons, outings and other public or Legion-sponsored events in your area. These occasions are just a few of many things for a post and its members to dwell on when considering support for an American Legion Amateur Radio Club within a post. The possibility of bolstering the post membership roster is also something to take into consideration.

For more information about TALARC, amateur radio, how to acquire an FCC license or to join the American Legion Amateur Radio Club, browse the TALARC website at
https://www.legion.org/hamradio

Source American Legion
https://www.legion.org/hamradio/254691/networks-service

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QST magazine looks at Diversity and Inclusion

Thursday 20th January 2022

In the February 2022 issue of QST magazine the editorial by ARRL President David Minster NA2AA is titled Diversity and Inclusion: Driving Amateur Radio’s Growth

He concentrates on Youth, pointing out importance of using correct Pronouns, and adds:

The second conclusion I’ve reached is that asking for more youth in amateur radio represents a cultural challenge: the young people today are not the young people of your youth.

Who they are as people is different. What they are looking for from our hobby is different. The time pressure of being digitally connected and always “being on” is different. The real time nature of how young people consume content is different. Even their shifting opinions and preferences relating  to social media are different from just a year ago! Amateur radio must recognize and embrace these differences — and dynamically adapt to accommodate them!

I respect the wide points of view on the matter of diversity. I am very aware of how these changes will be met with discomfort in the coming years. I hope that as a member, you’ll hang in there whenever and wherever they appear within the  hobby — including the pages of QST and elsewhere.

Read the QST editorial at
http://arrl.org/files/file/QST/This%20Month%20in%20QST/2022/02%20Feb/2022-02%20EDITORIAL%20%200222.pdf

Michelle Thompson W5NYV is expected to touch on diversity issues in her talk - Past, Present & Future (What do US Hams Look Like Today?) - to the Radio Amateur Training Planning and Activities Committee (RATPAC)

The talk will be on Zoom at 6pm PST (0200 GMT) on Wednesday, January 26, link at
https://sites.google.com/view/ratpac

The video should also be on the RATPAC YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/c/RATPAC/videos

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EASAT-2 and HADES update

Thursday 20th January 2022

AMSAT-EA Mission Manager Felix EA4GQS provides an update on the status of the EASAT-2 and HADES satellites launched on January 13, 2021

We confirm the reception of both EASAT-2 and HADES, as well as the decoding of telemetry and the FM recorded voice beacon with the callsign AM5SAT of the first one. EASAT-2 appears to be working well except for the deployment of the antennas, something that apparently has not yet occurred and causes weak signals. However, the AMSAT-EA team confirms that, based on the reception of FSK, CW, the FM voice beacon and the telemetry data that has been decoded, it can be said that the satellite is working perfectly. In the event of low battery or system malfunction, the on-board computer would not transmit CW messages or the voice beacon-callsign, as it would be in a 'safe' state with only fast and slow telemetry transmissions.

These signals that have been able to confirm the operation of both satellites were received by Dr. Daniel Estévez EA4GPZ at 18:07 UTC on Saturday, January 15, using two antennas from the Allen Telescope Array. The TLEs used were obtained from the radio amateur community, with Doppler observations from the Delfi-PQ satellite, deployed together with EASAT-2 and Hades.

TLEs used were these ones:
https://github.com/AMSAT-EA/easat2-tle-lottery/blob/main/satnogs-2022-01-16-DELFI-PQ.tle

Daniel EA4GPZ performed a preliminary analysis using just one polarization of one of the satellite dishes. EASAT-2 has been detected with a relatively strong signal, close to the Delfi-PQ signal, obtaining said recorded voice FM beacon transmissions and FSK, FSK-CW at 50 baud.

The CW beacon clearly shows the message: VVV AM5SAT SOL Y PLAYA, which is one of several that both satellites emit, although the callsign AM5SAT confirms that it is EASAT-2.

In the recording made by Daniel EA4GPZ there is also a faint trace confirmed to be from Hades and stronger packets probably from the IRIS-A satellite.

HADES, like EASAT-2, is transmitting weak signals, weaker than the ones of EASAT-2, most likely because the on-board computer has not yet managed to deploy the antennas either, although it will continue trying regularly. The reason the signals are suspected to be weaker at Hades is that the antennas are more tightly folded than those of EASAT-2. In any case, this is great news, since the transmission pattern confirms the proper functioning of the satellite. In the observations you can see the FSK tones with a deviation of about 5 kHz interspersed with the FM carrier corresponding to the voice beacon of the satellite, which has callsign AM6SAT. The AMSAT-EA team is working to try to decode the telemetry signals and obtain more detailed information on the state of the satellite.

We kindly ask you, if you have very high gain antennas, to try to receive them, specially Hades. If we could decode telemetry it would be very helpful for us.

Until antennas are deployed it will be very difficult to use their repeaters or to receive any SSTV camera images from Hades, but we hope that this will happen sooner or later, at least because even if the computer doesn't succeed applying heat to the resistor where the thread is attached, with time, the thread should break due to the space environment conditions.

Details of the decoded telemetry and voice, as well as more details in:
https://www.amsat-ea.org/ (Texts are in Spanish)

And in the following Twitter threads:

EASAT-2 transmissions:

https://twitter.com/ea4gpz/status/1482457631566487553

EASAT-2 decodings by Gabriel Otero:
https://twitter.com/gaoterop/status/1482758196037050382

HADES transmissions:
https://twitter.com/ea4gpz/status/1482696274797338625

Thanks a lot and 73,

Felix EA4GQS

AMSAT EA Mission manager

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Bangladesh Amateur Radio League founder Saif Shahid, S21A (SK)

Thursday 20th January 2022

Saif D. Shahid, S21A/KF6WJZ/G1NWJ, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died on January 10. He was 73. Shahid was the founder and President of the Bangladesh Amateur Radio League (BARL), which was established after more than 12 years of hard lobbying and negotiating with government officials by Shahid and others. Until then, amateur radio
operation from Bangladesh had been sporadic and of questionable legality.

The BARL became an International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society in 1988. Shahid, whose background was in mechanical engineering and information technology, was the first Bangladeshi national to be licensed. He had been living in the US since 1999 with his family, which includes his wife Mamtaz, S21J/KF6WJY - the
first woman to be licensed in Bangladesh - and daughter Maria Ashna, S21JA/ex-KF6WJX.

ARRL

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FCC seeks attorney-advisor for its Mobility Division

Thursday 20th January 2022

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has posted an opening for an attorney-advisor in the Mobility Division of its Wireless Telecommunications Bureau in Washington, DC.

As a principal attorney with mid-to-senior level responsibilities, the individual’s job duties would include working on policy, rulemaking, and legal issues; drafting Commission- and Bureau-level rulemaking and adjudication decisions, and reviewing proposed legislation, rulemakings, orders, and changes to regulations.

According to the FCC website, the Mobility Division is “responsible for developing policy and rules that facilitate rapid, widespread deployment of wireless communications services. Along with the Broadband Division, it oversees nearly 2 million licenses used to provide an array of wireless services. The Mobility Division helps carry out the [Broadband Personal Communications Service], to private land mobile used for dispatch and remote monitoring of equipment, to maritime and aviation, to personal use such as ham radio.”

ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, has suggested that the position listing be shared by ARRL members who know an attorney interested in communications law and who has an amateur license. “This non-supervisory position is at the top of the government pay scale. I would urge any amateur who is an attorney and has several years of experience to apply — especially if they are interested in wireless,” Minster said. The deadline to apply for this opening is January 28, 2022.

ARRL

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Video: ‘Reviewing the Icom ID-52E 5W D-STAR Transceiver'

Wednesday 19th January 2022

The ID-52E Dual-Band D-STAR Digital Transceiver has only been available to buy for just a short time, and you may have already purchased one or be in the market to buy one. Together with Bob McCreadie G0FGX and his colleagues at TX Films, Icom UK are pleased to share with you this comprehensive yet simple to understand video which not only provides a great introduction to this radio but also provides many tips on how to use it.

In the video Bob…

- Demonstrates how to operate the ID-52E and many of its features/settings.
- Provides an overview of the ID-52E's GPS, D-STAR and Bluetooth capabilities.
- Explains how to work with channels/memories.
- Demonstrates how to use the CS-52 cloning software

Watch ‘Reviewing the Icom ID-52E 5W D-STAR Transceiver’

For more details about the ID-52E Dual-Band D-STAR Digital Transceiver, visit the ‘ID-52E Product Page’.

For more information about TX Films and their video programme dedicated to the great hobby of Amateur Radio, visit http://www.txfactor.co.uk/.

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ARRL: Ham radio use of 3.45–3.5 GHz must cease by April 14, 2022

Wednesday 19th January 2022

ARRL reports the FCC has established April 14, 2022, as the date by which amateur radio transmissions must stop in the upper 3.45 – 3.5 GHz segment of the amateur secondary 9-centimeter band

The ARRL says:

Secondary operations are permitted to continue indefinitely in the remainder of the band, 3.3 – 3.45 GHz, pending future FCC proceedings.

On January 14 the FCC released DA 22-39, which announces the results of Auction 110 for the 3.45 – 3.55 GHz band. Release of this notice triggered FCC rules adopted last year requiring that amateur radio operations between 3.45 GHz and 3.5 GHz cease within 90 days of the public notice.

In October 2021, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, urged Congress to direct the FCC to preserve Amateur Radio’s secondary use of the 3 GHz band in a written statement responding to H.R. 5378, the Spectrum Innovation Act of 2021, before the US House Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee.

A chronology of actions responding to amateur access on the 3.5 GHz band can be found on the ARRL website
http://www.arrl.org/3-ghz-band


Source ARRL
http://www.arrl.org/news/view/amateur-operation-in-3-45-3-5-ghz-segment-must-cease-by-april-14-2022

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Welland Valley Amateur Radio Society member detects Tonga volcano

Wednesday 19th January 2022

How the huge volcanic eruption in Tonga was picked up by Amateur Radio enthusiasts in Harborough, Leicestershire – over 10,000 miles away

The Harborough Mail newspaper reports:

Stunned Peter Rivers G4XEX, 67, secretary of Welland Valley Amateur Radio Society, told the Harborough Mail: “It was absolutely incredible."

“This is maybe a once in a decade event – if that."

“There was a sharp sudden spike as the pressure wave from the volcanic eruption in Tonga passed over us here in Market Harborough."

“It sped to us here in the town at about 7.10pm on Saturday night,” said Peter, a retired geologist.
“That was about 14 and a half hours after the volcano erupted.

“The shock wave had travelled about 10,200 miles at a speed of just over 700mph.

“I just thought wow!"


Read the full story at
https://www.harboroughmail.co.uk/news/environment/how-the-huge-volcanic-eruption-in-tonga-was-picked-up-by-amateur-radio-enthusiasts-in-harborough-over-10000-miles-away-3532570

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ARES activates as fire destroys 1,000 Colorado homes

Wednesday 19th January 2022

ARRL report Amateur Radio Emergency Services (BCARES) volunteers turned out on December 30, 2021 as the devastating Marshall Fire roared through Superior and (portions of) Louisville, Colorado

The ARRL say:

Intense winds whipped a grass fire south of Boulder near Marshall into a massive firestorm that became too large and fierce for firefighters to battle.

“The only battle was evacuation, as the towns of Louisville and Superior and [the] northern suburbs of Denver lay in the fire’s wind-driven path,” said Amateur TV (ATV) enthusiast and dealer Jim Andrews, KH6HTV, of Boulder. Andrews said the only thing limiting the fire’s spread was the fact that the winds diminished by that evening.

“By that time, hundreds of homes had burned down,” Andrews said, whose own house among them. “This was not a typical forest fire, but an urban firestorm.” Thousands of people were evacuated.

BCARES Board of Directors Chairman and Region 1, District 3 Emergency Coordinator Allen Bishop, K0ARK, said that a request from the Boulder Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to activate the emergency operations center (EOC) is what initiated the ARES activation. “At that time, staffing was initiated with the activation of the BCARES Radio Network, with three BCARES members assigned to the EOC,” Bishop said. The BCARES Net was promptly activated.

ARES volunteers supported communication at evacuation sites and established emergency communication as commercial power failures and preventive shutdowns by utilities caused a loss of commercial communication. “Within about 8 hours,” Bishop said, “battery back-up systems for cell phones and landlines failed, and 911 services went down.”

“To facilitate a restoration of these emergency services, BCARES activated the Mountain Emergency Radio Network (MERN),” Bishop said. Established in 2010, MERN consists of repeaters installed at fire stations in Gold Hill and Allenspark, at community centers in Nederland and Raymond, and the privately owned Airlink Repeater. “These repeaters provided the emergency communication links that facilitated the restoration of 911 communications back to the dispatch center for the duration of the power outages,” Bishop explained. The Allenspark Neighbors Emergency Network (ANEN) and Airlink (Alternate Access Radio Network) participated.

Read the full ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/view/ares-activates-as-wind-driven-year-end-fire-destroys-1-000-colorado-homes

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Ham radio event at East Essex Hackspace

Wednesday 19th January 2022

Essex Ham are planning to have their first get-together of 2022 this coming Saturday afternoon, January 22, at the East Essex Hackspace in Hockley - all are welcome to attend

Event notes:

• Times – 12:30pm to 5pm
• Space for setting up antennas is limited, so we will likely only have one HF and one VHF station active. You’re welcome to bring your own radio (if you prefer to use your own for Covid reasons), but setting up an antenna is unlikely to be an option at this location.
• Mask wearing inside the Hackspace is currently mandatory
• If you have any Covid symptoms or have tested positive, please stay away

Further details of this event at
https://www.essexham.co.uk/events/essex-ham-eeh-jan22

Essex Ham
https://twitter.com/EssexHam

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Bay Area relatives get message of hope from Tonga

Wednesday 19th January 2022

In the aftermath of  the Tonga volcanic eruption KPIX 5 News interviewed Dick Wade WM6G of the Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club

A family got a message of hope from Tonga after massive underground volcano triggered a tsunami and wiped out the island nation's communications infrastructure. John Ramos talked to Bay Area Ham Radio operator trying to help.

See the KPIX news video at
https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/6187274-bay-area-relatives-get-message-of-hope-from-tonga/

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HL Hunley Submarine commemorative station – N4HLH

Wednesday 19th January 2022

Every February 17th will mark the anniversary of the sinking of the U.S.S. Housatonic by the submarine H. L. Hunley in Charleston SC.This is the anniversary of the first successful sinking of a warship by a submarine.

The Trident Amateur Radio Club will be operating a special event station, N4HLH, on February 17th from Fort Moultrie, on Sullivan’s Island, SC.

Fort Moultrie
1214 Middle Street
Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482

Proposed frequencies are 7.117(CW) 7.262, 14.262 and, for Technicians, 28.462 MHz.

This is a special event station not a contest.

To request QSL card send contact information to N4HLH / Trident Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 60732 N Charleston, SC 29419
A QSL card will be sent upon receipt of a SASE for US requests. International requests, please send SAE and $2 USD (2 Green Backs).
Questions: Contact us at hunley@tridenthams.org or call 843.608.4780

E. Gordon Mooneyhan, W4EGM
Public Information Coordinator
South Carolina Section
ARRL--the national association for amateur radio®

Member, ARRL PR Committee

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 19th January 2022

Island activities:
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON

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

AS-150; BY4, Shandong Province South group:
The activation by B4/BG2CNO has to be postponed again due to inclement weather.

EU-018; OY, Faroe Islands:
Cornel/YP5C is currently active as OY/YP5C on HF. QSL via YP5C (d), eQSL.

OC-088; 9M6/9M8/V8/YB7, Borneo (East Malaysia/ Brunei/ Indonesia Kalimantan):
Donny/YB0DX and Dave/YC5YC will be signing their homecalls/7 from Kalimantan Island on the 23rd and 24th on HF (SSB, digital modes). QSL for YB0DX/7 via YB8RW, YC5YC/7 via EA7FTR.

OC-245; YB5-6, Sumatra's Coastal Islands North:
YB6ABO/p, YC1BIQ/6, YD0AVE/6, and YE1AR/6 activate Rondo Island (ARLHS IDO-369, WW Loc. NJ76nb) from the 20th to 27th on 160-10m (FT8, some CW and SSB). QSL for YE1AR/6 via ClubLog OQRS and N2OO; all others only via N2OO. http://www.yf1ar.com/2022/01/rondo-island-oc-245-ido-369.html

SA-036, P4, Aruba Island:
Mathias/DL4MM pays Aruba a visit from Jan. 23 until Feb. 1. QRV as P4/DL4MM on HF (CW, FT8, SSB) with a focus on the low bands. He will participate in the CQ WW 160m CW Contest with the callsign P40AA. QSL via DL4MM (d/B).

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

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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IARU-R1: 23cm Band and RNSS – Compromises need to be found

Tuesday 18th January 2022

The Chair of IARU Region 1 Spectrum Affairs, Barry Lewis G4SJH, reports on the work being done in defending the interests of the Amateur Services in the 1240-1300 MHz band

On the IARU Region 1 site he writes:

As we head into 2022 the ITU‑R and CEPT work considering the 23cm band and coexistence with the RNSS systems (GALILEO, COMPASS, GLONASS, GPS…) will continue so where have we got to and where is it heading?

The IARU has provided extensive information regarding the amateur and amateur satellite service applications in the band 1240–1300MHz as well as operational characteristics and data indicating the density of active transmitting stations and the busiest periods when these are most likely to be operational. Using this data, one CEPT administration has provided an extensive set of propagation model predictions for a number of amateur operating scenario assumptions (including satellite working and EME operation) that predict an “interfered area” over which an amateur transmissions may be received by a RNSS receiver at levels exceeding a defined protection level. Another ITU-R member administration contributed a smaller set of predictions using the same model. The received RNSS interference level that the RNSS can tolerate (receiver protection level) is based on ITU-R recommended criteria and depends on whether narrowband or wideband interfering signals are being transmitted.

The propagation model predicts that an interfered area can extend out to several tens of km (depending on the scenario) but at the extremes of the area, the time probability of exceeding the protection level is very low (1%) and for only 50% of locations. The model can only assume a full power continuous transmission.

In addition much attention has been paid to documenting an interference case recorded in Italy between an Italian 23cm band repeater and GALILEO receivers at the nearby European Commission Joint Research Centre in Ispra where work is undertaken to develop and test GALILEO system applications. The impact of traffic through this very local repeater (12.5km distant) on three different GALILEO receivers has been documented. This work suggests that whilst RNSS receiver bandwidth can have a part to play in enabling coexistence, beyond that nothing has been reported that could help develop any coexistence criteria. Nothing is reported about the mode of failure in the receivers beyond degradation on C/N.

This one case is often cited as the “proof” that interference can occur.



At present the conclusions from this work are being developed (in ITU‑R and CEPT) and IARU work continues to ensure these results are put into a real world context to understand what they imply with respect to successful coexistence.

Amateur transmissions virtually anywhere in the band will be co-frequency with the RNSS receivers from one system or another. It is therefore obvious that any RNSS receiver will be open to any co-frequency amateur transmission and amateur operators have no way of knowing where or when a RNSS service user is active. Therefore IARU has expressed a view that for successful coexistence guidance to be developed, some compromises will need be necessary.

As we move through the work in 2022 we need these compromises will become apparent so that the amateur community can know how to respond appropriately in a way that can allow our diverse set of applications to continue to develop whilst minimising any potential disruption to RNSS services. It is anticipated that the international views on the ITU‑R studies will need to stabilise by the middle of this this year in order to meet the timetable for the WRC-23 preparatory work. These views will likely propose technical and operational measures to be applied to the amateur and amateur satellite services that could be formalised in the Radio Regulations.

As the study activities work towards conclusions it is vital that the national societies engage with their national amateur radio regulators to ensure they understand and hear about the importance of this band for the amateur radio community.


Source IARU-R1
https://www.iaru-r1.org/2022/23cm-band-and-rnss-compromises-need-to-be-found/
https://twitter.com/IARU_R1

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2022 IDXC cancelled

Tuesday 18th January 2022

The following was announced on January 11th, on the IDXC Web page (http://www.dxconvention.org/): It is with regret that the 2022 International DX Convention in Visalia, California, has been cancelled.

The convention committee of the Southern California DX Club acted in response to the current covid virus threat. We look forward to 2023. Those who had hotel reservations please contact the hotel to ensure they are cancelled.
Note: EVERYONE WHO HAS HOTEL RESERVATIONS, it is your responsibility to cancel your reservation as soon as possible so that the hotels can resell their rooms.

Respectfully,
Bill Kendrick, N6RV
Mel Hughes, K6SY

ALSO READ: http://www.arrl.org/news/2022-international-dx-convention-in-visalia-california-is-cancelled

OPDX

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80m AM Winter Contest

Tuesday 18th January 2022

Sweden's national society SSA reports that twice a year, an AM contest is run on 80 meters (3600-3750 kHz), the next is due February 5

A translation of the SSA post reads:

Saturday, February 5, is the time for the winter AM contest between 09:00 and 11:00 Swedish time (0800-1000 GMT).

Run AM at 3600-3750 kHz. Exchange report, name and QTH.
Logs within 14 days tosm5b@ssa.se
Enjoy a quiet test with beautiful modulation.

The simple rules can be found at
https://sm5b.se/am-test-regler-2/

The Arboga Radioklubb and Arboga FRO department have organized this fun competition since 1988. The intention is to activate FRO's old and new stations, but anyone with AM is welcome to participate. Over 250 amateurs participated over the years. Used stations have ranged from portable from the 40s, via large facilities from military staffs, to modern ones with dusty AM buttons. Set up you too and feel free to attach some background information and picture to your AM station, along with the log.

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

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New batch of AstroPis relieve Ed and Izzy of duty on board the International Space Station

Tuesday 18th January 2022

A new batch of AstroPi computers are up and running on board the International Space Station (ISS), set-up by ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer.

The units were shown off in September 2021 and launched aboard a SpaceX Dragon 2 freighter atop a Falcon 9 rocket in December. They are to replace the existing AstroPi units "Ed" and "Izzy" which have resided on the ISS for six years.

Maurer spent yesterday afternoon on the ISS setting up the new kit, which consists of Raspberry Pi 4 Model B hardware, a 12.3MP camera, and a range of sensors.

Engineers will eventually be able to control the units from the ground and upload code submissions from the Mission Zero and Mission Space Lab programs. Both are aimed at getting young people interested in coding, with one teaching participants how to write a program to take a humidity reading and display a message (without swears) to the astronauts while the other is a more complicated team-based affair.

https://www.theregister.com/2022/01/07/new_astropis_iss/

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

for the above information

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Proposed changes to aircraft and aircraft (transportable) radiocommunications licences

Tuesday 18th January 2022

Ofcom has today proposed to improve the way we deliver licences that allow the use of radio equipment on aircraft.

We are proposing to make licensing documentation more meaningful, accessible, and easier to understand. We also want to streamline our processes so that licences are easier to manage in the future.

The changes would update the structure and content of current licences to bring them into line with the style and standard terms and conditions applicable to other licence types.

It would also simplify the information we hold on aircraft and radio equipment in our licensing database.

We are not proposing to change the substance of the terms and conditions or licence fees.

The deadline for providing comments on the proposed changes is 20 February 2022

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Summer QRP Contest

Tuesday 18th January 2022

The West Rand Amateur Radio Club reminds everybody that the Summer QRP Contest is on the air from 12:00 to 13:30 UTC on Saturday 22 January 2022 with CW and SSB activity using 5 watts or less. The first 45 minutes are restricted to the 40-meter band and the last 45 minutes on all contest bands. The exchange is a realistic RS or RST report and your 6-character grid locator.

This is the ideal contest to set up a field station and have a picnic. Do not forget to send a photograph of your station in action with your log. Turn to page 70 of the 2022 Blue Book for all the rules. Submit your log in ADIF or Cabrillo with a summary sheet or make use of the MS Excel log sheet. The closing date is 21:59 UTC on Thursday 27 January 2022 and must be sent to info@zs6wr.co.za.

Operating tip: Use the Standard QRP frequencies and hop between these frequencies with your memory channels of VFO A and B. 80 m 3,560 CW and 3,710 MHz SSB; 40 m 7,030 CW and 7,090 SSB; 20 m 14,060 CW and 14,285 SSB; 15 m 21,060 CW and 21,285 SSB and 10 m 28,060 MHz CW and 28,360 SSB. Good luck hope to copy your call on air!

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Propagation Forecast Report

Tuesday 18th January 2022

(January 17-23rd).......
Jan/17th AN Jan/20th AN Jan/22nd AN
Jan/18th HN Jan/21st AN Jan/23rd HN
Jan/19th AN

Solar Reference Keys / Indexes and Geomagnetic Reference

NORMALITY
GEOMAG
K Values
Alpha

AN - Above Normal

Quiet

K=0-1

0-7

HN - High Normal

Unsettled

K=2

8-15

LN - Low Normal

Active

K=3

16-29

BN - Below Normal

Minor Storm

K=4

30-49

DIS - Disturbed

Major Storm

K=5

50-99

VRY DIS - Very Disturbed

Severe Storm

K=6-9

100-400

Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites for propagation:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USFWS Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument seeking public comments

Monday 17th Jan 2022

As our NCDXF contributors know, our board members have activated many very rare entities, including most of the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM). The last such DXpedition was the 2018 Baker Island operation, KH1/KH7Z, which saw five NCDXF board members on the team led by Kevin, K6TD, and Don, N1DG.

As a result of many years of close working relationships between DXers and the USFWS, Don Greenbaum, N1DG, was invited to serve on a Citizens Group representing recreational users of the Monument in a group advising
the USFWS and NOAA on a new management plan for the PRIMNM. As the next step in that process is taken, the USFWS and NOAA have opened a window for public comment.

NCDXF is proud to assist in furthering the voices of DXers for continued access to the islands in the new plan and has submitted the following statement in support of Don's efforts to keep amateur radio access in the new plan:
"Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the new Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument management plan. The Northern California DX Foundation is the oldest and largest of the Foundations that support amateur radio DXPeditions around the world. On our Board we have had DX-peditioners who have been to Midway, Kure, Palmyra, Kingman Reef, Jarvis, Johnston, Wake, Navassa, Desecheo and Baker Island as well as non USFWS entities.

Our membership is worldwide and represents the hobby of over 150,000 amateurs who participate in the American Relay League's Logbook of the World repository of confirmations that tracks contacts to these and other entities that make up the DXCC awards. This is what creates the interest to visit your Monuments. When each activation occurs there are websites devoted those endeavors and it is not uncommon for hundreds of thousands of worldwide visitors to learn more about these Monuments and the importance of keeping these resources pristine.

Ham radio was used by the early colonizers of Howland, Baker and Jarvis Islands in the mid 1930s. It is a tradition that extends to today with the 2018 Baker Island radio expedition. Then, like today, these activities publicized the islands and the importance of them in both geopolitical and ecological circles.
When we vet expeditions for grants to these remote and environmentally sensitive locations, the stewardship of these islands is paramount to our decision-making process. We often ask to see the Special Use Permits and hold our grantees to following the rules and regulations set out in the SUP. We are glad to see over the years that USFWS has been so accommodating to our ham radio access to the islands and trust that the new rules are going to reflect the close cooperation and good experience of the past.

NCDXF, on behalf our members, support and encourage the USFWS to continue to provide access to this group.
On behalf of NCDXF members and the Board of Directors, Kevin Rowett, President NCDXF."

If you wish to comment and lend your support please go to:
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/12/21/2021-27535/pacific-remote-islands-marine-national-monument-monument-management-plan
The Deadline for comments is soon, January 20th.

Let's help make DX happen in these rare entities. The more input and interest shown by the amateur radio community can only help but gain periodic access to these rare entities.

Thank you very much!
Glenn Johnson, W0GJ
NCDXF Secretary
http://www.ncdxf.org

OPDX

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Update on Finland's WRC-23 preparations

Monday 17th Jan 2022

Finland's amateur radio society SRAL reports on a recent meeting of the Finnish WRC-23 National Technical Preparation Working Group

A translation of the SRAL post on the November 24 meeting reads:

As usual, the agenda items of the forthcoming conference and the main lines of preparation were discussed. For many agendas, work has progressed more slowly than expected, mainly due to remote meetings with shorter working hours than normal meetings.

The items on the agenda that have emerged from the meeting are of interest to radio amateurs:

Agenda item 1.2 (IMT cent bands)

This item on the agenda examines the possibility of allocating additional frequencies to the mobile network system and to the traffic migrating depending on the frequency band under investigation. A representative of the SRAL inquired about the fate of radio amateur wintering as a result of possible 10-10.5 GHz IMT use in the Region 2 region (Americas and Greenland). There was no direct answer to this, but after the meeting it became clear that there is a secondary amateur allocation in the frequency range and no changes are being made to it. How IMT use affects it is another matter. The band also already has its primary mobile allocation, meaning amateur use has no protection anyway.

Item 9.1b of the agenda: GNSS and amateur use in the frequency band 1 240-1 300 MHz.

This item examines the different systems and applications used in radio amateur and radio amateur satellite traffic. In addition, possible technical and operational measures to ensure the protection of radio navigation satellite receivers without considering removing radio amateur incidents from the Radio Regulations will be examined.

In Italy, compatibility measurements had been carried out in the summer and, according to Traficom, there was little compatibility between these systems. Amateur use is currently permitted in Finland with separate radio licences. A representative of SRAL stressed that there have been no disturbance reports in Finland of the disruption of existing GNSS from narrowband amateur use. According to Traficom, however, the Galileo system is only just coming into large-scale use in that band.

The CEPT SE 40 group is preparing an CEPT report on the compatibility between RNSS and amateur transport, and the CEPT is also preparing to adopt a separate ECC decision on the matter. WP 5A of the ITU collects information on amateur systems and prepares CPM text. A compatibility report on RNSS and amateur traffic compatibility is being prepared at ITU WP 4C.


Draft report of the Space Service Compatibility Issues (CEPT ECC SE 40) Working Group of 22 September 2021:
https://cept.org/Documents/se-40/66430/se40-21-035_annex-9_wd_draft-ecc-report-rnss-amateurs_final

IARU Region 1 presentations for report CEPT ECC SE 40 to the following meeting 7-10.12.2021:
https://cept.org/Documents/se-40/67629/se40-21-045_proposals-for-wi_39-report

Item 1.12 of the agenda: Secondary remote sensing in the 40-50 MHz frequency range.

This item on the agenda explores the possibility of a new secondary active country description allocation in the 40-50 MHz frequency band and related terms of use. During the previous research period, the ITU has already defined the parameters of a typical country description device and conducted preliminary compatibility studies with existing traffic types.

This use would occur very rarely and would have been located mainly in uninhabited areas on earth. What is interesting about this is that satellites would collect data that could lead to conclusions on the development of climate change. Radio amateurs are concerned about the amateur use conditions of the adjacent band 50-54 MHz. According to Traficom, the new secondary remote sensing should not be a major concern for amateur use.

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

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ICQPodcast - Philip McBride (VA3QR) New RAC President

Monday 17th Jan 2022

In this episode, Martin Butler (M1MRB) is joined by Chris Howard (M0TCH), Martin Rothwell (M0SGL), Frank Howell (K4FMH) and Bill Bares (WC3B) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief and in the episode’s feature is a discussion with Phil McBride VA3QR, new President of Radio Amateurs of Canada.

We would like to thank David Strachan (2M0WHX) and our monthly and annual subscription donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit - http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate

News stories include: -

· FAA Update to 5G and FAA
· ARRL Surveying Field Day Participants
· New EMC Rules for Electronic Devices to Benefit Radio Hams
· Physics Professor Awarded NSF Grant for Workshop
· Comreg Amateur Radio License Negotiations
· RSGB Construction Competition
· ARRL Foundation to Create club grants program
· Spanish Radio Amateurs can Continue using 2.4 GHz

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

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Radio News service celebrates 53rd year

Monday 17th Jan 2022

On Wednesday next January the 19th we celebrate the 53rd anniversary of the IRTS Radio news service.

On January 19th 1969, the first radio news broadcast was made Bill McIlwaine EI9F on the AM mode on 3.650MHz at 1200. This was followed at 1230 on the same frequency on SSB by Jim Bartlett EI2BB. Later on, Shane McNamee EI2A transmitted the bulletin on VHF.

We take this opportunity to pay tribute to all those who started and maintained this service over the past 53 years. This includes newsreaders, editors and all who provide content for the bulletins. Please support the sevice by sending your news items to newsteam /at/ irts.ie

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United States special event

Monday 17th Jan 2022

Members of the Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club (KM1CC) will be on the air between 1330 UTC, January 18th and 0200 UTC,- January 19th, to commemorate the 119th anniversary of Marconi sending the first transatlantic message from the USA to Europe (UK).

This message was sent from Marconi's Wireless Station, South Wellfleet, MA, USA, the night of January 18, 1903, and received at his Poldhu Station, UK, station in the early hours of January 19th due to time zone differences. The historic Marconi Wireless Station site is part of Cape Cod National Seashore, the site is listed as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service. For more information, see:https://www.nps.gov/caco/learn/historyculture/marconi.htm

Due to Covid, regrettably the SSB operations for January 18th, 2022, are canceled. However, they still plan to have the CW ops. The CW operations will take place inside the park's Coast Guard Station that sits to the south of the Wireless Station Site. Both locations are in rare grid FN51.

Suggested frequencies are (+/- 20 kHz): 7035, 10110, 14035, 18080, 21035 and 10m (no freq. provided). There will be NO FT4/FT8 or Digital modes.

QSL via LoTW is preferred; DX via the Bureau; and direct to N1NS.

OPDX

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 17th Jan 2022

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 9th-January, through Sunday, 16th-January there were 215 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0Z, 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, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, 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, JA, JT, JW,

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, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TU, TY, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XX9, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZL7, ZP, ZS

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

OPDX

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 17th Jan 2022

Island activities:

The following are IOTA operations that were active this past week between January 10-15th (as per the DXCluster):

IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
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AF-004 EA8DFB CANARY 15m; FT8
AF-004 EA8DIG CANARY 20m; SSB
AF-004 EA8DKA CANARY 15m; FT8
AF-004 EA8NF CANARY 12m; SSB
AF-004 EA8UP CANARY 20m; SSB
AF-004 EA8W CANARY 20m; FT8
AF-014 CT3IQ MADEIRA 20/17/15m; SSB/FT8
AF-014 CT3KD MADEIRA 15m; CW
AF-014 CT3KN MADEIRA 10m; FT8
AF-014 CT3MD MADEIRA 15m; CW
AF-014 CT9/DF3MC/P MADEIRA 20m; CW
AF-017 3B9FR RODRIGUES 17m; CW
AF-019 IG9ITO PELAGIE 40m; SSB
AF-022 ZD7FT ST HELENA 15m; SSB
AF-024 S79KW/P INNER 20m; SSB
AF-083 3V8HP GABES/MEDENINE REGION 20m; SSB
AN-015 8J1RL QUEEN MAUD LAND 20m; FT8
AS-004 5B4AIF Cyprus 17/12m; SSB
AS-004 5B4AIX Cyprus 17m; SSB
AS-004 5B4VL Cyprus 12/15/10m; SSB
AS-007 JA0LBE HONSHU 15m; SSB
AS-007 JA1GLM HONSHU 17m; FT8
AS-007 JA1IOA HONSHU 30m; FT8
AS-007 JA1QVR HONSHU 30m; FT8
AS-007 JG4AKL HONSHU 17m; FT8
AS-007 JH0INP HONSHU 10m; FT8
AS-007 JH1BNC HONSHU 15m; FT8
AS-007 JH1IED HONSHU 10m; FT8
AS-007 JH1RGG HONSHU 15m; FT8
AS-007 JH1XVQ HONSHU 15m; FT8
AS-007 JH3SIF HONSHU 10m; CW
AS-007 JO1DZA HONSHU 40m; SSB
AS-018 R075F SAKHALIN 40m; FT8
AS-019 9V1YC SINGAPORE 30m; FT8
AS-047 JS6TWW DAITO 17m; FT8
AS-077 JE6HJT KYUSHU 17m; FT8
AS-078 JA8COE Hokkaido 17m; SSB
AS-078 JH8RBY Hokkaido 17m; SSB
AS-153 AU2GSI WEST BENGAL STATE 40/20/17m; SSB
EU-001 SY5DTA DODECANESE 20m; SSB
EU-002 OH0Z Aland 10m; CW
EU-004 EA6NB BALEARIC 160m;
EU-005 2E0FTD/P GREAT BRITAIN 20m; SSB
EU-005 2E0HPI/P GREAT BRITAIN 40m;
EU-005 G0DBE GREAT BRITAIN 20m; FT8
EU-005 G0GKH GREAT BRITAIN 40m; CW
EU-005 G4FAL GREAT BRITAIN 17m; CW
EU-005 G4IIY GREAT BRITAIN 20m; FT8
EU-005 G4UJS GREAT BRITAIN 15m; FT8
EU-005 G4XWM GREAT BRITAIN 15m; FT8
EU-005 G4ZAO/P GREAT BRITAIN 40m; CW
EU-005 GX5DX GREAT BRITAIN 60m;
EU-005 M0DXT/P GREAT BRITAIN 40m; SSB
EU-005 M0KCB/P GREAT BRITAIN 40m; SSB
EU-005 M0KPD/M GREAT BRITAIN 80m; SSB
EU-005 M0KCB/P GREAT BRITAIN 40m; SSB
EU-005 M0PAI GREAT BRITAIN 40/20m; SSB
EU-005 M0RBG/P GREAT BRITAIN 40m; SSB
EU-005 M1DLS/P GREAT BRITAIN 20m; SSB
EU-005 MW0GWG/P GREAT BRITAIN 40m; SSB
EU-005 MW0WBG GREAT BRITAIN 20m; CW
EU-009 GM0WED ORKNEY 15m; CW
EU-009 MM5DWW ORKNEY 30m; FT8
EU-015 SV9RKU CRETE 17/15m; SSB
EU-018 OY1CT FAROE 15/12m; CW
EU-020 SM1ALH GOTLAND COUNTY 17m; SSB
EU-021 TF2MSN ICELAND 17m; SSB
EU-021 TF8KY ICELAND 40m; SSB
EU-024 I4YSS SARDINIA 40m; SSB
EU-024 IS0KNG SARDINIA 12m; FT8
EU-024 IZ5EBL SARDINIA 40m; SSB
EU-025 IT9OPJ SICILY 17m; SSB
EU-025 IT9PQO SICILY 17m; SSB
EU-029 OV1CDX SJAELLAND 17m; SSB
EU-031 IC8/UR8QX CAMPANIA REGION 40m; CW
EU-031 IC8HRG CAMPANIA REGION 17m; SSB
EU-032 F6BFH SOR-TRONDELAG/MORE OG ROMSDAL COUNTY NORTH 17m; FT8
EU-036 LA7DFA SOR-TRONDELAG/MORE OG ROMSDAL COUNTY NORTH 60m;
EU-096 OH1TD LANSI-SUOMI (TURKU) PROVINCE 20m; SSB
EU-115 EI2IJB/M IRELAND 40/17m; SSB
EU-115 EI3ISB IRELAND 20m; SSB
EU-115 EI4KI IRELAND 40m; SSB
EU-115 EI4KT/M IRELAND 20m; SSB
EU-115 EI6FR/P IRELAND 40/30m; CW
EU-115 EI90IRTS IRELAND 17m; CW
EU-115 GI0BDX IRELAND 17m; SSB
EU-115 MI0ADX IRELAND 17m; SSB
EU-115 MI0AIH IRELAND 15m; SSB
EU-116 MD0CCE ISLE OF MAN 15m; FT8
EU-131 IK3PQH/P VENETO REGION 40/20m; SSB/FT8
NA-005 VP9GE BERMUDA 30m; FT8
NA-005 VP9KD BERMUDA 17m; SSB
NA-015 CO8LY CUBA 12m; SSB
NA-021 8P6ET BARBADOS 12m; FT8
NA-021 8P6QA BARBADOS 20m; SSB
NA-027 VO1FOG NEWFOUNDLAND 12m; SSB
NA-059 NL8F FOX 15m; FT8
NA-069 N9JF FLA STATE SW (CHARLOTTE/LEE COUNTY) 20m; CW
NA-083 WU9P VIRGINIA STATE 15m; SSB
NA-096 HH2JA HISPANIOLA 30m; FT8
NA-096 HI7AMB HISPANIOLA 20m; SSB
NA-096 HI8HRD HISPANIOLA 10m; SSB
NA-097 6Y6Y JAMAICA 17m; SSB
NA-099 KP4AA PUERTO RICO 160m;
NA-099 KP4HF PUERTO RICO 80m; FT8
NA-099 KP4JRS PUERTO RICO 40/20/12/10m; CW
NA-099 KP4PUA PUERTO RICO 17m; SSB
NA-099 WP4MXM PUERTO RICO 40m; FT8
NA-101 J72IMS DOMINICA 10m; SSB
NA-102 FG5BZ GUADELOUPE 12m; FT8
NA-103 VP2MNI MONTSERRAT 17m; SSB
NA-105 FS/F8AAN St Martin 40m; CW
NA-106 KP2BH VIRGIN 15m; CW
NA-107 FM5FJ Martinique 40m; CW
OC-001 VK2KPP Australia 15m; SSB
OC-001 VK3CWB Australia 17m; CW
OC-001 VK3KJ Australia 12m; SSB
OC-001 VK3MH Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK4DO Australia 15m; SSB
OC-001 VK4IM Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK4NBX Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK4SX Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK6EI Australia 40m; FT8
OC-001 VK6IR Australia 40/15m; SSB/FT8
OC-001 VK6SJ Australia 15m;
OC-001 VK8NSB Australia 15m; SSB
OC-013 E51BQ RAROTONGA 15m; FT8
OC-016 3D2AG VITI LEVU AND VANUA LEVU 15/10m; CW
OC-021 YB0AR JAVA 20m; SSB
OC-021 YB1DNF JAVA 20m; SSB
OC-021 YB2VOC JAVA 20m; SSB
OC-021 YC1BIQ JAVA 20m; SSB
OC-026 KG6JDX GUAM 12m; FT8
OC-032 FK4QX NEW CALEDONIA 20/12m; SSB
OC-032 FK8HM NEW CALEDONIA 17/15m; FT8
OC-032 FK8IK NEW CALEDONIA 12/10m; CW
OC-034 YB9RPF NEW GUINEA 40m; FT8
OC-036 ZL1ANH NORTH 15m; SSB
OC-036 ZL1BQD NORTH 15m; FT8
OC-134 ZL3JT SOUTH 15m; FT8
OC-134 ZL4AS SOUTH 30m; FT8
OC-139 VK5GR/P Kangaroo 20m; FT8
OC-143 YC5AKH SUMATRA 20m; FT8
OC-144 YG4KID BANGKA AND BELITUNG 40m; FT8
OC-148 YB9MX TIMOR 15m; SSB
OC-201 ZL1RKO NORTH ISLAND'S COASTAL 40m; FT8
OC-262 YB1TIA/4 Rakata 40/20/15m; CW/FT8
SA-002 VP8LP FALKLAND 20m; SSB
SA-006 PJ4NX BONAIRE 160m;
SA-008 LU6XQB ISLA GRANDE DE TIERRA DEL FUEGO 20m; FT8
SA-011 9Z4FE TRINIDAD 17m; SSB
SA-018 CE7KF LOS LAGOS REGION SOUTH 15m; FT8
SA-023 ZY6A Frades 40/20/15m; CW/SSB
SA-099 PJ2ND CURACAO 40m; CW

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

AS-140. (Update) Operators Manju/S21AM and Fazlay/S21RC posted the following on their S21DX Web page (https://s21dx.org): 2022 S21DX OPERATION THIS NOVEMBER -- For our last year's IOTA AS-140 activation - we haven't got much response and support till the last moment. We had to reduce the number of stations from our sinitial planned two to a single HF (as we couldn't buy BPF, struggled to get fund for buying other essentials like batteries, generators etc.). Also we planned that we will stay as many days possible that our tight budget permits.
To our great surprise, after starting the activation, many of you started to reach us and started providing support, with your generosity we had completed the whole 7 days operation till the last minute as per our operating permit. We only wished if we could get those response earlier - we could have run one SSB and one FT8 at the same time and doubling our QSO counts. Though we managed to do 5,000+ SSB/Digi mode from 80m to 12m with only two operators working in turn - not bad for a small pistol considering the band condition.
This time we are planning to activate AS-140 again (AS-140 is much more needed then AS-127, as it is a domestic operation and we have only these two islands group in S2) from a different Island. Planning minimum two station, better antennas (VDAs for NA/EU pointing towards the sea), (Beam towards JA overland), and our multiband vertical which was used for the 5000+ QSO barefoot for bands not covered by VDA/Beams. We might use a linear for SSB Phone if we can buy a larger 2000VA generator and BPF's. We will also try to invite few more interested S2 operators if we find with adequate experience.

AS-150. (Canceled) Members of the Huaniu Amateur Radio Club, who were expected to be active as B4/BG2CNO from Lingshan Island between January 13-15th, had to cancel their activity. They state on QRZ.com: I'm very sorry. Due to the sea weather, the AS-150 Island connection activity was temporarily canceled. We look forward to the next Island connection!

AS-200. Take, JI3DST, will once again be active as JI3DST/5 (mainly for DX and 6m Multi-Hop) [not use JI3DST/P for FT8], JJ5RBH (mainly for DX and JA) [without /P or /5,Fix QTH] and JS6RRR/5 (mainly for JA, JS8RRR/P for FT8) from Shodo Island (Shikoku's Coastal Islands) between 0700z, January 20th, and 0000z, February 24th. Operation may vary due to heavy rain or other conditions.
Activity will be on 80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6/2m meters (and 70cm) using CW, SSB and FT8 (possibly FM/RTTY). QSL JI3DST/5 via ClubLog's OQRS, LoTW, direct or by the Bureau*. QSL JJ5RBH via ClubLog, LoTW or Bureau*. QSL JS8RRR/5 via ClubLog, LoTW or Bureau*. *NO need to request by OQRS.

EU-086. Operators Andrey/R1II and YL Tatyana/RL1I will be active as RI1PP from Mestnyy Island (RRA RR-06-29 [new one], RDA NO-02), European Russia, for a 1 or 2 day operation during sometime in February. The date of the trip has not yet been determined. They will ride snowmobiles to the island. The island is uninhabited, and the operation very much depends on the weather. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes. QSL via R1II.

NA-069. Members of the Englewood Amateur Radio Society (EARS)[N4EAR] are expected to activate Gasparilla Island between January 29-30th. NO other details are available.

NA-114. (Reminder/Update) Members of the Radio Club de Montceau Les Mines (F6KJS) will be active as TO6S from Terre de Haut (WW Loc. FK95eu87, WLOTA-3998), Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe, between January 20th and February 1st. QSL Manager is EA5GL. QSL via the Bureau will be sent out 1 year after operation.
Didier, F6BCW, states "everything is OK" and posted an update on their Web site, FaceBook page and QRZ.com page,
January 3rd at: https://les-saintes.f6kjs.fr/index.php/2022/01/03/laventure-to6s-continue-de-plus-belle/
For more details and updates, see: https://les-saintes.f6kjs.fr
Their Facebook page is at: https://www.facebook.com/DXpÇdition-TO6S-102954718850959

NA-142. Bernie, W3UR, Editor of "The Daily DX", reports that he will be operating N3ME, the Glenwood DX Association Club callsign, from Okaloosa Island late on Friday, January 21st until mid-day Sunday, January 23rd. Activity will be on 20/17/15/12/10 meters using CW, SSB and possibly FT8. QSL via W3UR.

OC-088. Operators Donny/YB0DX (ORARI Chairman) and Dave/YC5YC will be active as YB0DX/7 and YC5YC/7 from Borneo between January 23-24th. Activity will be on various HF bands using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL YB0DX/7 via YB8RW, eQSL, ClubLog or LoTW. QSL YC5YC/7 via EA7FTR, eQSL or LoTW.

OC-139. Grant, VK5GR, reports that he is currently NOT on Kangaroo Island, but operating portable (until January 16th) on the edge of Lake Albert on the northern end of Meningie township about 2 hours SE from his home (still on the mainland at this time). His next visit to Kangaroo Island will likely be July 2022 for the RSGB IOTA Contest as VK5KI possibly as a Multi-Op.

OC-245. Operators Budi/YE1AR, Doni/YB6ABO, Mohammad/YC1BIQ and Darwan/YD0AVE, will be active as YE1AR/6, YB6ABO/P, YC1BIQ/6 and YD0AVE/6, respectively, from Rondo Island (ARLHS IDO-369) between January 20-27th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using mainly on FT8 as well as on CW and SSB. QSL via N2OO or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details, see: http://www.yf1ar.com/2022/01/rondo-island-oc-245-ido-369.html

PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the 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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Hadrian's Wall Special Event Station

Sunday 16th Jan 2022

We have just had the callsigns issued for two Special Event Stations to commemorate 1900 years since Hadrian's Wall was built, the northern frontier of the mighty Roman Empire and which was the inspiration for the Wall in George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones...

There will be two special event stations GB1900HA and GB1900HW running throughout the year 2022 to commemorate 1900 years since the building of Hadrian’s Wall.  

Austin Vaughan, M0MNE in South Shields, Tyneside, England and Roy Nicholson, M0TKF in Hexham, Northumberland, England will be operating the stations from near the Wall and will be active throughout the year on the HF and VHF bands in voice, CW and digital modes.  The special event station will officially be part of the Hadrian's Wall 1900 Festival where hundreds of events and activities will be taking place in a yearlong festival across Hadrian’s Wall. #hw1900 #hadrianswall

QSL Via Logbook of the World and Club Log OQRS.  

See 
QRZ.com for more info on GB1900HA and GB1900HW

Further info at: 
https://1900.hadrianswallcountry.co.uk/events/hadrians-wall-1900-special-event-amateur-radio-station/ 

Email us: 
hw1900radio@gmail.com


Kind regards,

Austin and Roy
M0MNE and M0TKF

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QSO Today - Geoffrey Mendenhall, W8GNM

Sunday 16th Jan 2022

 Geoffrey Mendenhall, W8GNM's early interest in electronics, germanium transistors, and later high power triodes led him to a career, as an engineer, designing, building, and managing broadcast transmitters projects for Gates Radio and later Harris Broadcast.

Geoff made a presentation in the last QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo on Beverage Antennas, urging us to try building Beverages even if conditions are not optimal, and being surprised by the result.

W8GNM is my QSO Today.

Listen to the podcast

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Amateur Radio and After-School Program

Sunday 16th Jan 2022

The Fauquier 4-H Ham Radio Club provides local youth with opportunities to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math through amateur radio communications and electronics projects

Fauquier Now reports:

The Eleanor Hazel 4-H After-School Program will start this year at five locations around Fauquier.

The after-school program will make 4-H activities accessible to more children. The program will engage them in hands-on STEM projects while helping them develop life skills.

Programs offered throughout the year will target different grade levels and student interests. A pilot program at Grace Miller Elementary School in the fall focused on robotics for kindergarteners and first-graders. students tackled challenges such as designing a “battle bot” that they controlled with light sabers and coding a robot to navigate through a maze. Other potential offerings include space exploration, veterinary science and coding.

There also will be opportunities to partner with 4-H Clubs. For example, the Fauquier County 4-H Ham Radio Club recently received a grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications to build a ham radio trailer that can be hauled to different schools to give participants a hands-on experience.

Read the full story at
https://www.fauquiernow.com/fauquier_news/entry/fauquier-county-4-h-develops-new-eleanor-hazel-after-school-program-2022

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) grant for 4-H Youth Station and Outreach Trailer
https://www.ampr.org/grants/grant-4-h-youth-station-and-outreach-trailer/

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Undersea volcanic eruption seen from space

Sunday 16th Jan 2022

An undersea volcano has erupted near the Pacific island of Tonga.

Japan's Himawari-8 weather satellite recorded dramatic footage of volcanic exhaust emerging from the waves as well as an atmospheric shock wave rippling away from the blast site.

See the movie (and learn about an unrelated incoming CME) on today's edition of Spaceweather.com

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2022 SARL National Convention

Sunday 16th Jan 2022

The 2022 SARL National Convention will be held virtually on Saturday 9 April and Saturday 23 April 2022. On 9 April, the Amateur Radio Technology In Action Symposium and on 23 April, the Annual General Meeting and the SARL Awards and Trophies.

The SARL Secretary has received five (5) nominations to serve on Council. Each nomination has been signed by a proposer and a seconder. No motions for the AGM have yet been received. This includes a motion to host the 2023 AGM.

Do not send suggestions for Awards and Trophies by e-mail or WhatsApp. Use the nomination form available on the SARL website, fill in the details of the nominee, fill in the motivation, sign the form as proposer and get the required signatures from the seconders. Then submit the form to the SARL Secretary secretary@sarl.org.za by 21:59 UTC on Monday 31 January 2022. No late entries will be accepted. Refer to the SARL Communication dated 12 January 2022.

http://www.sarl.org.za

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International CQ Pride contest June 4-6

Sunday 16th Jan 2022

International CQ Pride contest will run through the first weekend of June to celebrate Pride Month in 2022.

Pride Radio Group has been a home and a champion for underrepresented groups in amateur radio for a little more than a year and we are now planning our first contest.

The international CQ Pride contest will run through the first weekend of June to celebrate Pride Month 2022 and the contest is open to all amateurs world-wide as single or multi operator entries, with bonus points for working diversity oriented amateur radio groups, newly licensed amateurs, and low-power operation.

Find the contest rules here:
prideradio.group/contest

Some details such as log submission are still being finalised but mark June 4 to June 6 on your calendars.

Pride Radio Group is an international group that aims to further acceptance and inclusion for underrepresented groups in amateur radio.

This has been Luke VK3UKW
for Pride Radio Group VK3PRG

WIA

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German North Pole DXpedition

Sunday 16th Jan 2022

Operators Martina DF3TS and Thomas DC8TM will activate Svalbard (EU-026) as JW/homecalls to start their DXpedition between April 9-12th. Activity will be on SSB and FT8.

They will then be active from a Russian "Severnyi Polyus" the Scientific Polar Drifting Base (enclave by RFF) approx. 80kms from the North Pole on the Arctic Ocean where they will activate the WWFF area RFF-0176.

Operators will use their special callsigns DP0LE (like POLE) and as RA/DC8TM/P and RA/DF3TS/P to represent the Russian flag of the camp between April 14-17th.

Activity will be on 40/30/20/17 meters using SSB and FT8. Activity from the North Pole (90 Degrees North) - under DP0LE and DC8TM/P together with Martina DF3TS/P will take place sometime during this time (The exact schedule will depend very much on weather conditions) on 20 meters [14244 kHz (+/-)]. !! Activity is limited to approx. 30 minutes!!

For more details and updates, watch: https://www.qrz.com/db/DC8TM
They mention the following: The success of the expedition depends very much from the WX conditions and the time schedule could change, updated information on the QRZ.com page. Unfortunately, the expedition did not take place in 2020 and 2021 due to the Corona crisis and is postponed to 2022 (3rd try).

OPDX

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Barbados

Sunday 16th Jan 2022

Chris, WA7RAR, posted the following on QRZ.com: Hello from Beautiful Barbados -- Spending some time here to escape the cold, rain and snow of January in Oregon. I am staying in a small cottage overlooking the Atlantic on the South East coast of the island. Along with exploring the many sites this island country has to offer, I will also be including some radio time into the stay. This will include operation from the cottage, as well as some of the 12 Parks on the Air (POTA) designated sites that are scattered throughout the island.

My station here consists of an Icom IC-7200 feeding a quarter wave ground mounted vertical with eight radials. Operations will be on 30 through 10 Meters....possibly some 40 Meter tossed into the mix as well if I can convince the antenna to cooperate. SSB and CW only.

I always enjoy receiving Paper QSL Cards. Should you wish to confirm your contact with me here in Barbados please send your card to....
Christopher Billings
P.O. Box 1383
Shady Cove, Oregon 97539

Please be aware that I will be having my cards printed for this callsign AFTER I return home later in January 2022, so there will be a bit of a delay in getting a card back to you. For those in the U.S that choose to QSL, an SASE would be greatly appreciated. For stations outside the U.S an IRC included with your card would be great!

Thanks for checking out my page. Hope to put you in the log soon!
73 de
Chris, 8P9CB/WA7RAR

OPDX

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Old QSL card collection

Sunday 16th Jan 2022

Jean Michel, F6AJA, wants to remind every-one to visit the Les Nouvelles DX (LNDX) Web page to see more than
19,500 old QSL cards in several different albums/galleries.

This site contains:
- The ten most wanted DXCC entities (2011 to 2020) with more than 600 QSLs
- At least one card for each 62 deleted DXCC countries (more than 2100+ QSLs)
- Nearest the totality of current prefixes, disappeared now (more than 6200+ QSLs)
- Album for stations from North Africa 1945-1962 (500+ QSLs)
- Album for D2/DL2, D4/DL4, D5/DL5, DA1/DA2 stations after 1945 (+ de 600 QSLs)
- More than 1000 QSLs from the Antarctic bases.
- With 300 QSLs from the TAAF (Terres Australes and Antarctiques Francaises).
- More than 100 cards from Eparses Islands such as FR/B/E/G/J/T
- More than 500 QSLs for the rare French Pacific Islands such as FK, FK/C, FO/C, FO/A, FO/M, FO/C and FW
- The FG, FM, FP, FS, FY stations from 1945 to 1969
- Commemoratives stations for ITU and IARU with more than 900 QSL.
- More than 4200 cards for the old timer with more than 170 countries before 1945.
- Cards (more than 1300) from the French Department before 1945.
- At least one card from each of the states in the U.S. before 1945.

The URL address for the Web site is: http://LesNouvellesDX.free.fr
Some cards are still needed for the collection, and your participation is welcome. Only a ".jpg" file (both sides of the card) is required.
Please visit the site and give them your comments by sending an E-mail to: LesNouvellesDX@free.fr

OPDX

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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 15th January 2022

When I said Parrot Repeater ... I likely had a different picture in mind

A little while ago I mentioned in passing that I was considering implementing a parrot repeater to help determine how your radio is performing. Discussion afterwards revealed that not everyone had the same picture in mind, so I thought I'd share with you some of what I'm considering and why.

Most of the modern radio landscape revolves around hooking a computer up to some type of radio frequency capable device. Commonly it's the audio and control signals that travel between computer and radio, but there are plenty of examples where raw data makes the journey, like in the case of an RTL-SDR dongle.

That journey is increasingly made using USB, the cable, not the sideband, and limits are based around the maximum speed that a Universal Serial Bus has. Essentially the amount of data that you can process is limited by how fast your computer can talk to the radio.

For my parrot repeater, I'm imagining a device that can receive RF from any radio and process that signal to determine what the centre frequency is, the deviation, stability, the mode, what ever parameters I end up being able to determine, a whole other discussion on its own. In response, the idea is that the device generates a report and either presents that using text to speech, or as a web-page, or both.

Using traditional methods, this would involve a radio, a computer, some software, connections between the radio and the computer, not to mention power for both the computer and the radio, an antenna and perhaps an amplifier. The picture I have in mind is not anything like that. I'm imagining a single device that takes power and does all I've described inside the one device. No external computer, no audio cables, no control cables, no hard drives, not anything, just a PlutoSDR and a power source connected to an antenna or two.

You might think that's fanciful. As it happens, we already have some of that today. When I run dump1090 on my PlutoSDR, it presents itself to the world as a website that I can visit to see which aeroplanes are within range, where they are exactly on a map, what messages they're sending and where they're going. All of the processing is done inside the PlutoSDR. All I have to do is give it power and an internet connection.

This is possible because the PlutoSDR is essentially a computer with RF. It runs Linux and you can write software for it. Unlike my Yaesu FT-857d, which also has a computer on board, rudimentary to be sure, but a computer none the less, it cannot be altered. I cannot load my own piece of software, launch a web browser and point it at my Yaesu, not without connecting an external computer that in turn needs to be connected to the radio. I might add, that this is is how many repeaters work and how devices that implement AllStar and Echolink manage to make the jump between the Internet and the world of RF.

If your eyes are not lighting up right now, let me see if I can put it in different terms.

The PlutoSDR has the ability to access signals between 70 MHz and 6 GHz. It can do so in chunks of 56 MHz. Said differently, if you were able to consider all of the amateur HF spectrum, from zero to 54 MHz, you could fit all of it inside one chunk of 56 MHz that the PlutoSDR is capable of. You couldn't send it anywhere, since you're limited to how fast a USB cable is, but you could technically process that inside the PlutoSDR itself.

To get the PlutoSDR to see the amateur HF bands you could connect it to a transverter, in much the same way that today many 2m handheld radio owners use a transverter to get to 23cm, except in this case, we're going the other way.

In order to actually use this massive amount of information, you're going to need to do some serious signal processing. Accessing 56 MHz of raw data is hard work, even if you don't have to get it across a serial connection. As it happens, the PlutoSDR also comes with an FPGA. As I've mentioned previously, it's like having a programmable circuit board, which can be programmed to do that signal processing for you. It has the capability to massage that massive chunk of data into something more reasonable. For example, you might be able to use it to extract each of the amateur bands individually and represent them as an image that you might show to the world as a waterfall on a web browser.

Now to be clear, I'm not saying that any of this exists just yet, or fits within the existing hardware constraints. I'm only starting on this journey. I'll be learning much along the way. No doubt I'll be using existing examples, tweaking them to the point that I understand what they do and how they work. I've already been talking about some of this for years. As you might have discovered, this adventure is long with many different side quests and at the rate I'm going I'm confident that this represents the breadth and depth of what amateur radio means to me.

So, if you're wondering why I'm excited, it's because the amateur radio world of opportunity is getting bigger, not smaller.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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RSGB Construction Competition

Saturday 15th January 2022

There are just six weeks left until the deadline for entries for the RSGB Construction Competition.

The Society has received entries already so don't miss out!

If you're new to amateur radio there is a special category for you, so why not enter?

The four categories are Beginners, Construction Excellence, Innovation, and Software and there is a prize for the winner of each section.

Full details are on the RSGB website at www.rsgb.org/construction-competition and the closing date is 1 March.

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Winter Field Day January 29-30

Saturday 15th January 2022

The Penobscot Bay Pilot reports radio amateurs will be taking part in the winter Field Day event on January 29-30  

Lincoln County Amateur Radio EMA team, will be holding its annual winter field day event in Damariscotta this year.

Radio operations start Saturday, January 29, 2022, at 2 p.m., and will take place in the Damariscotta municipal parking lot by the boat launch.

LCART is part of the Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), consisting of about 20 licensed amateur volunteers. Volunteers train to be auxiliary communicators in the event normal communications (including cell phone towers) fail.

Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together, according to LCART, in a news release. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones.

“It’s fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need,”

Read the full article at
https://www.penbaypilot.com/article/lcart-winter-field-day-amateur-radio-event-damariscotta/155825

Amateur Radio Winter Field Day
https://www.winterfieldday.com/

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New RSGB Nominations Committee members

Saturday 15th January 2022

Recent changes in the Regional Team and RSGB Board have brought new members to the RSGB Nominations Committee.

Tony Miles, MM0TMZ joins the Committee as the Regional Forum Nominee and David Hills, G6PYF is the Nominated Director representative.

The RSGB would like to welcome them to their new roles.

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GB1900HA and GB1900HW - 1900th anniversary of Hadrian's Wall

Saturday 15th January 2022

This year radio amateurs will be operating special event stations GB1900HA and GB1900HA for the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian's wall

The Hadrian's Wall Country site reports:

A special event Amateur Radio Station will be active on various days between Hadrian’s birthday 24th January 2022 and Saturnalia 23rd December 2022. The Ofcom licensed radio station will be communicating with Amateur Radio enthusiasts worldwide, transmitting from various sites including Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields.

On the HF (shortwave) bands, the signals can reach very far indeed, daily to UK and Europe, quite regularly transatlantic communication is possible and sometimes even as far as New Zealand! Part of the hobby involves people all over the world listening for these distant signals and trying to communicate with them using voice or even Morse Code.The radio station will be communicating with other licensed amateur radio stations all over the world, talking to people from all walks of life to tell them all about Hadrian’s Wall and the 1900th Anniversary of the Wall.

We might also be lucky enough to make the first ever radio contact from the former Roman Frontier to a radio station located in the former capital city of the Roman Empire and we will be sure to announce this if it happens! The stations who make a successful contact with the Hadrian’s Wall event can, on request, receive a QSL card confirming their contact, to keep as a souvenir.


Full details of the special event at
https://1900.hadrianswallcountry.co.uk/events/hadrians-wall-1900-special-event-amateur-radio-station/

See also the Chronicle newspaper article at
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/hadrians-wall-1900-festival-events-22400486

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Sasolburg ARC repeater

Saturday 15th January 2022

On 7 January 2022, the Sasolburg ARC changed the frequency of the Club repeater from 145,600 MHz to 145,6875 MHz. This was done in collaboration and on the proposal of the SARL’s VHF/UHF Manager.

Microwave transmissions for internet services with dishes all over the town, cause an oscillation at 145,000 MHz. This has been reported all over the world and the manufacturers, do not have a good enough filter to take it away. The result is that when we want to use the 145,600 MHz repeater, with the input at 145,000 MHz, the disturbing oscillation then occurs on the input and is just as strong as a normal amateur signal into the repeater. The end result is that it mixes with the amateur’s signal into the repeater and the listeners receive a signal with interference from the repeater.

While ICASA has granted the Club a 3-month test period, the Club committee asks all radio amateurs who also use this repeater frequency in other regions around Gauteng, to send reports of any possible interference as well as signal reports. Send the reports to zs4srk@gmail.com. If the tests are going to be successful and no complaints have been lodged, then the Club will look into using the 145,6875 MHz frequency permanently in Sasolburg.

SARL

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China: 40th anniversary of partial resumption of ham radio

Saturday 15th January 2022

In 1982 amateur radio was partially permitted in China but it wasn't until 1992 that permission was finally granted to establish personal amateur radio stations in the home, since then 170,000 have become radio amateurs

A translation of a post by the national amateur radio society CRAC reads:

The stars are moving, everything welcomes the new year, and 2022 has arrived. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the partial restoration of amateur radio in my country and the 30th anniversary of the comprehensive restoration.

In the 1980s, under the vigorous promotion of the older generation of amateur radio amateurs and workers, and with the support of relevant departments, my country's amateur radio activities sprouted again in the new wind of reform and opening up. In 1982, the club amateur radio station was allowed to resume. With the attention of enthusiastic people from all walks of life in China and the help of foreign amateur radio amateurs, the long-term gap in amateur radio technology and activities was filled, and a group of new amateur radio amateurs were trained. It also began to be popularized by the knowledge of amateur radio, which initially corrected the historical misunderstanding that ties amateur radio and "special suspicion" together, and laid a solid foundation for a comprehensive recovery. In 1992, the amateur business was fully opened. In the following ten years, the number of amateur radio stations and operators in the country increased sharply by more than two orders of magnitude, and the popularity expanded rapidly.

In 2013, the relevant state departments straightened out the management system of amateur radio stations, clarified the relationship between the corresponding managers and those under management, and reduced the intermediary links and artificial delays in applying for setting up amateur radio stations. The Amateur Radio Branch of the China Radio Association is entrusted by the State Radio Administration to undertake a series of management and supporting services for the identification of amateur radio operating technical capabilities, to ensure the smooth management process of station establishment, and has been decided by the International Amateur Radio Union Council. With the English name CRAC, as the representative of amateur radio amateurs and organizations in my country, it has become a member of the Amateur Radio Union.

In the past 40 years, China's radio amateur business has finally completed the leap from scratch, from backwardness to catching up with the advanced. Up to now, about 170,000 people have obtained legal operation procedures in radio management departments at all levels, and a large number of outstanding talents with good learning ability, research spirit and hands-on skills have been cultivated for the country, and they are playing their roles in different positions.

My country's amateur radio amateurs have become the earliest practitioners in China to realize direct dialogue between the ground and space, the first guarantors to establish an emergency communication network in the disaster area on the day of the Wenchuan earthquake, and the designers and manufacturers of the world's first amateur satellite orbiting the moon. ... The active role of amateur radio amateurs in my country is increasingly recognized and praised by all sectors of society. With the popularization of modern knowledge, amateur radio is finally more and more correctly recognized by the social masses.

This leap is inevitable for reform and opening up and emancipation of the mind, and it is also a short period of time that a great modern country must leap over.

Seeing only its suffering, especially knowing its steadfastness. Nothing is smooth sailing. Especially China's amateur radio, the century-old history has been accompanied by wind and rain, full of setbacks and wandering, so far the amateur radio amateurs are still a weak group: a pair of antennas may cause anxiety and controversy among neighbors, and other radio violations appear in one corner of the country. The case may attract strange eyes from passers-by to any amateur radio amateur, and even point to doubts. Especially those who are both amateur radio amateurs and "cross-border amateurs" in other businesses such as radio and television, aviation, navigation, etc., should pay more attention to applying the knowledge of radio management regulations learned from amateur radio to radio applications of other hobbies.

As long as amateur radio amateurs take the pursuit of technological progress and contribute to society as the cornerstone, adhere to the traditional ham radio spirit of " consideration, loyalty, enterprising, fraternity, moderation, and patriotism", and overcome adversity, they will surely grow into a lush forest. Out of the sea of flowers.

Every amateur radio amateur must keep in mind that amateur radio is not an arbitrary "thing", it is a high-level activity that must be carried out within the framework of radio regulations and is bound by the definition of the amateur service. A person's level of radio technology can be gradually improved, but one must become a model who strictly abides by radio management laws and regulations. At the same time, he should pay attention to and cooperate with the corresponding work of amateur radio management agencies at all levels, and participate in publicity that is conducive to the healthy development of amateur radio. and activities, participate in the collection of opinions on relevant legislation, and strive for more social recognition.

Looking ahead, amateur radio has a bright future. A modern big country needs to have a world-class radio amateur group and amateur service level commensurate with its status.

Source CRAC
https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Beijing

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SARL Wednesday 80m Club Contest

Saturday 15th January 2022

The first leg of the SARL Wednesday 80 m Club Contest will run from 17:00 to 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 19 January with phone, CW, and digital activity.

The exchange is an RS, RST, or RSQ report, your four-character grid square, and the name or abbreviation of your Club.

The scoring has changed; you will find all the information on pages 57 and 58 of the 2022 Blue Book.

Submit your MS Excel log by 21:59 UTC on Monday 24 January to contest@sarl.org.za.

SARL

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ARRL Foundation to create club grants program

Friday 14th January 2022

The ARRL has long recognized that it is in the best interests of amateur radio to encourage and support amateur radio clubs. Clubs historically have recruited, licensed and trained new radio amateurs and have provided the community setting for radio amateurs to continue their education and training.

The new ARRL Foundation Club Grants program, funded by a grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), will make $500,000 available to clubs, enabling them to more easily provide and expand these important services. The program will provide up to $25,000 for worthy club projects, while requests for more than that will be referred back to ARDC.

Beginning in April 2022, amateur radio clubs will be able to apply for these grants by filling out a simple form on the ARRL website. The ARRL Foundation will then evaluate the grant proposals, with a key criterion being how the project will advance amateur radio in the grantee’s community. In most cases, this process should take no longer than 90 days.

Dr. David Woolweaver, ARRL Foundation President, is, understandably, quite enthusiastic about this program. He notes, “This program will substantially contribute to the growth of amateur radio clubs and their efforts to expand and support the amateur radio community."
Rosy Schechter, ARDC Executive Director, is equally enthusiastic. She notes that this program will streamline the process for getting club projects funded, so that clubs can get started on these projects more quickly. “We’re very excited about working with the ARRL Foundation on this program,” she says, “We can’t wait to see what kinds of creative things clubs will do with these grants.”

About ARRL Foundation
Established in 1973 by the American Radio Relay League, Inc. (ARRL) as an independent 501(c)(3) organization, the ARRL Foundation is funded entirely by the generous contributions of radio amateurs, friends, and ARDC. The Foundation advances the Amateur Radio Service by awarding financial grants and scholarships to individuals and amateur radio organizations in support of their charitable, educational and scientific efforts. To learn more about the ARRL Foundation, please visit http://www.arrl.org/the-arrl-foundation.

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

Contact

Amateur Radio Digital Communications
Dan Romanchik, KB6NU
858-477-9903
https://www.ampr.org
Dr David Woolweaver, K5RAV
President, ARRL Foundation
956.425.3128, k5rav@arrl.org

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Work The World On A 555

Friday 14th January 2022

Over the years the humble 555 timer has been used in so many unexpected places, but there’s a project from [Frank Latos] which we think may be a first.

On a piece of stripboard sit a pair of 555s, and instead of the usual passives there are a set of LC circuits. This is no timer, instead it’s a CW (Morse) transmitter for the 80 metre amateur radio band.

One 555 is configured as a feedback oscillator through a toroidal transformer with a tuned circuit to set the frequency of oscillation. The other takes an inverted input from the oscillator to produce complimentary push-pull outputs from both 555s, which are fed to another transformer that in turn feeds a low-pass filter and thus the antenna.

Free-running squarewave oscillators of this type are not unusual for the lower HF bands, but we think this is the first 555 design we’ve seen. As shown it doesn’t produce much in the way of RF power, but remembering half-decent motor drivers using a 556 dual timer we think that selection of one of the more powerful 555 variants might deliver some more punch. We commend his creativity though, and hope he can get that all-important entry in the log to prove it works.

If you’re curious about low-power radio operation, it’s something we’ve explored before.

https://hackaday.com/2022/01/13/work-the-world-on-a-555/

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Youth on the Air camp to return in June

Friday 14th January 2022

After a successful pilot camp program in 2021, the next camp for Youth on the Air (YOTA) in the Americas has been set for June 12 – 17, 2022. The camp will return to the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township, Ohio.

The application period will open online on February 11. Eligible participants are amateur radio operators between the ages of 15 and 25. A total of 30 campers will be accepted. Some of the 30 spots will be reserved for campers who reside outside of the US but still in the Americas. Priority will be given to first-time attendees. Returning attendees will serve as camp leaders.

“We know that changes in the COVID-19 pandemic status between now and June will have an impact on hosting the camp,” said YOTA Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG. “Should we not be able to host the camp or need to reschedule, we will let everyone know with as much notice as possible.

Beginning in 2022, the camp will try to alternate scheduling each year between June and July. Rapp says the camp planning working group acknowledges that avoiding all scheduling conflicts isn’t possible, but hopes that alternating months will provide some diversity with school schedules, extracurricular activities, and major ham radio events.

Beginning in 2023, the location of the camp will rotate to various locations within the Americas. A system will be announced in which International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-societies and clubs will bid to serve as the host of the region-wide camp.

For details about the camp and/or to sign up for updates by email, visit the Youth on the Air camp website or contact Rapp for more information

Source: ARRL http://www.arrl.org/news/youth-on-the-air-camp-to-return-in-june

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Santa Barbara Wireless Foundation launches STEM scholarship

Friday 14th January 2022

The Santa Barbara Wireless Foundation is accepting applications for its new scholarship in support of students who intend on pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a college bound high school senior in May 2022.

Applicants must be high school seniors who plan to study Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics in higher education and should have an excellent academic record. While not requirements, preference is given to applicants who are graduating from a high school in Santa Barbara County and who hold an active Federal Communications Commission amateur radio license.

The application period is open through April 31, 2022. Applications may be completed online at: scholarships.sbwireless.org

The scholarship is funded through contributions made to the Santa Barbara Wireless Foundation Scholarship Fund. Tax-deductible donations to the Scholarship Fund may be made at the Foundation’s website.

The Santa Barbara Wireless Foundation (www.sbwireless.org) and the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club (www.sbarc.org) together form a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public benefit corporation organized to promote education for persons interested in telecommunications, to disseminate information about scientific discoveries and progress in the field of wireless communications, and to train communicators for public service and emergency communications. The organization also encourages and sponsors experiments in electronics and promotes the highest standards of practice and ethics in the conduct of communications.

Source: https://www.independent.com/2022/01/11/santa-barbara-wireless-foundation-launches-stem-scholarship/

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Australia Day Contest

Friday 14th January 2022

By now you would have heard about the new WIA Australia Day Contest on the 26th of January 2022.

This year is a trial contest and due to time restrictions in getting it off the ground, the rules are loosely derived from the Remembrance Day Contest. This will allow the use of VKCL logger for logging purposes and vklogchecker.com to process the results. Please download the latest version of VKCL logger. N1MM has its own user defined contest downloadable from vk4sn.com under contests.

After many suggestions received, we finally put together what we believed was a good rule set as a trial for this year. The major hurdle was an acceptable time of operation across all states and territories from Norfolk to Christmas Isl where everyone could use the AX prefix at the same time. A timeslot was presented to the Radio Activities Committee and everyone approved the submission. Some see propagation times may vary for or against some areas but we are looking to open the contest up for DX next year.

Start time for this year's contest will be 2200 UTC on the 25th to 1000 UTC on the 26th.

Rules are downloadable from the WIA contest webpages.

2x1 callsign holders may have received confirmation from ACMA that the AX prefix is not to be used with contest calls.

Best 73 and enjoy Australia Day.

Alan VK4SN

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Soviet QSL cards , Wireless Receivers and Secret Agent Transmitters

Friday 14th January 2022

Andy G0SFJ's presentation last night to Sutton and Cheam ARS can be downloaded here:
https://www.academia.edu/67999916/Soviet_QSL_Cards_and_Wireless

The presentation shows what the old QSL cards may reveal about the 1930s wireless technology in the Soviet Union, and describes two transmitters in use by Secret Agents in Japanese-occupied Manchuria. Was there only one Agent Sonja?

73 de andy g0sfj

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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 14th January 2022

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by LU5AG, VE7KW, 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.

MAURITIUS, 3B8. Ray, F5UKV will be QRV as 3B8HH beginning around January 20. Activity will be on 80 to 2 meters, and possibly 160 meters, using CW and some SSB. Once his station is completely installed, he will also use PSK and RTTY. QSL via bureau.

KENYA, 5Z. Barring any COVID-19 restrictions, Ferdy, HB9DSP is QRV as 5Z4/HB9DSP from Malindi until January 27. Activity is on 20, 15, and 10 meters using SSB and some FT8. QSL via LoTW.

CHINA, BY. Che, BG2CNO, Cheng, BD3QC and Ju, BI4MPY are QRV as B4/BG2CNO from Lingshan Island, IOTA AS-150, until January 15. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via BI4MPY.

GUADELOUPE, FG. Operators Pascal, F1MNQ, Pierre, F1TCV, Michel, F5LRL, Didier, F6BCW and Keith, VE7KW will be QRV as TO6S from Les Saintes, IOTA NA-114, from January 20 to February 1. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8 and FT4 with two stations active. QSL via F6KJS.

SCOTLAND, GM. Special event station GB2KW is active near Inverness until January 28 using vintage equipment. QSL via LoTW.

ALASKA, KL7. Fred, KB4DMQ is QRV as KL7FBI from Shemya Island, IOTA NA-037, until January 24. Activity is on 40 meters using FT8. QSL to home call.

ARGENTINA, LU. Members of AMSAT Argentina will be QRV as LU7AA from January 15 to 23 to commemorate the launch of Satellite LUSAT, LO-19, 32 years ago. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, and FT8. QSL direct.

BRAZIL, PY. Special call sign ZY6A is QRV from Ilha dos Frades, IOTA SA-023, until January 16. Activity is on 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL direct to PY6TV.

SEYCHELLES, S7. Beverly, S79BMK is a new operator and QRV from Mahe Island, IOTA AF-024. She is active on the HF bands.

SWEDEN, SM. Members of the Skoevde Amateur Radio Club are QRV with special call SK50EI during 2022 to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary. QSL via bureau.

TURKEY, TA. Members of the Turkish Amateur Radio Association are QRV with special call sign TC60TRAC during all of 2022 to celebrate the club's 60th anniversary. QSL via the bureau.

MEXICO, XE. Zalo, XE3N is QRV as 6F6F during all of 2022 to celebrate the 120th anniversary of Playa del Carmen City, Quintana Roo. QSL via EA5GL.

VIET NAM, XV. Eddy, XV1X has been QRV on 40 meters using FT8 beginning around 1100z. QSL via QRZ.com.

INDONESIA, YB. Agus, YB1TDL/4 and Budi, YC1RQZ/4 will be QRV from Rakata Island, IOTA OC-262, from January 15 to 20. They will be active on 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL direct to HA3JB.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The ARRL January VHF Contest, North American CW QSO Party, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed Test, Malaysia DX Contest, Hungarian DX Contest, PRO Digi Contest, UBA PSK63 Prefix Contest, WAB 1.8 MHz Phone, Feld Hell Sprint and the RSGB AFS Data Contest are all on tap for this weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest, K1USN Slow Speed Test, OK1WC Memorial, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, RTTYOPS Weeksprint, QRP 40 Meter CW Fox Hunt, Phone Fray, CWops Mini-CWT Test, VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, Mini-Test 40 CW, Mini-Test 80 CW and CWops Mini-CWT Test are all scheduled for January 17 to 19.

Please see January QST, page 76, and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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India: Proposal to allocate 3400-3425 MHz to 5G

Thursday 13th January 2022

Financial Express reports on a proposal to allocate 3400-3425 MHz to private 5G networks, National Frequency Plan shows this spectrum is allocated for Amateur Radio use

The article says:

For setting up private networks, companies would need 5G spectrum and the fight is how it would be allocated to them. Telecom operators so far are opposed to administrative allocation of spectrum to enterprises for setting up such private networks. They want that spectrum should be auctioned for such purposes also.

According to sources, Trai [Telecom Regulatory Authority of India] may consider reserving 25 MHz spectrum in 3400 MHz-3425 MHz band for private networks across the country, barring the five locations where Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is using the spectrum.

Telecom operators maintain that all spectrum should be auctioned and this should apply to private non-telecom firms interested in setting up their private networks.


Read the full article at
https://www.financialexpress.com/industry/5g-spectrum-trai-to-take-call-on-pvt-networks/2401830/

National Frequency Allocation Plan 2018
https://dot.gov.in/whatsnew/national-frequency-allocation-plan-2018

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8 Tevel satellites with FM transponders on SpaceX launch

Thursday 13th January 2022

The Tevel mission consisting of 8 satellites developed by the Herzliya Science Center in Israel, each carrying an FM transponder, is expected to launch on January 13 at 15:25 GMT on the SpaceX Falcon-9 Transporter-3 mission

The AMSAT News Service reports:

Tevel-1, Tevel-2 ….Tevel-8
Beacon transmissions on 436.400 MHz, (9600bps BPSK G3RUH)
FM transponders uplink frequency: 145.970 MHz|
FM transponders downlink frequency: 436.400 MHz

All 8 satellites will have the same frequencies, so as long as the footprints are overlapping, only one FM transponder will be activated. The satellites were built by 8 schools in different parts of Israel.
Tevel satellite under development - credit Herzliya Science Center

Prelaunch TLEs:
Deployment number 28
TEVEL-4/TEVEL-5
1 12345U 22-T3TE 22013.69008102 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 9997
2 12345 97.3652 83.6317 0010843 246.0911 147.6817 15.12493461 06

Deployment number 30

TEVEL-1/TEVEL-2/TEVEL-3
1 12345U 22-T3TE 22013.69038194 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 9991
2 12345 97.3658 83.6317 0009074 254.1211 141.2940 15.11975594 07

Deployment number 55

TEVEL-6/TEVEL-7/TEVEL-8
1 12345U 22-T3TE 22013.69375000 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 9991
2 12345 97.3676 83.6318 0009046 252.0606 161.7026 15.11914367 05

Control station will be 4X4HSC at the Herzliya Science Center.

[ANS thanks David Greenberg, 4X1DG, for the above information]

AMSAT News Service
https://www.amsat.org/category/amsat-news-service/

IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination information
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php
?serialnum=744

Also on the launch are the EASAT-2 and HADES satellites

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BBC Norfolk features ham radio Morse code

Thursday 13th January 2022

January 11 was Learn your Name in Morse Code Day and Roger Cooke G3LDI was interviewed on BBC Norfolk by Chris Goreham about Morse

Roger has been a keen proponent of the advantages of Morse code since he started teaching it as a teenager when he was first licenced in 1956.

You can listen to the interview by fast-forwarding to 1:54:27 in this recording
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0bcktml

Free Morse training courses are available Online, see 
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2021/december/online-morse-training-course-starts-january.htm

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EASAT-2 and Hades satellites with FM repeaters scheduled for launch

Thursday 13th January 2022

The EASAT-2 and Hades satellites are scheduled to launch on January 13 on a SpaceX TR-3 flight, AMSAT has reported, citing information provided by AMSAT-EA President and Mission Manager Felix Paez.
Both will carry amateur radio payloads offering FM voice and data retransmission in FSK or AFSK up to 2,400 bps, and Hades is equipped for slow-scan television (SSTV) and FM voice beacons with call signs AM5SAT (EASAT-2) and AM6SAT (Hades).

Paez has called on the amateur radio community to listen for both satellites when they are activated. In the case of EASAT-2, that will be about 30 minutes after launch (1525 UTC). Hades will be activated remotely a few days after launch. Share reception reports with AMSAT-EA at, http://data.amsat-ea.org/ .

EASAT-2 was designed and built by AMSAT-EA and students from the European University of Degrees in Aerospace Engineering in Aircraft and in Telecommunication Systems Engineering. It carries an experimental load of a basalt material from Lanzarote that is similar to lunar basalts. It's believed that this material, which was provided by the CSIC research group on meteorites and planetary geosciences at the Institute of Geosciences, could be used as a lunar construction material.

During various investigations, the UNESCO world geopark of Lanzarote and the Chinijo archipelago have served as an as an analog of the moon and Mars, as well as for training European Space Agency astronauts, Paez said. The purpose of the basalt experiment is to determine its evolution in space based on periodic measurements of some of its properties. "Although the experiment is limited and constitutes the first phase of this type of study, it represents an important milestone as it is the first of its kind to be introduced on such a small satellite," Paez explained.

The Hades payload consists of a miniature camera, the output of which will be transmitted as an audio signal in SSTV mode. The transmissions will be compatible with Robot36, Robot72, MP73, and MP115. The camera module design was based on one used successfully in the PSAT-2 satellite, which was built by cadets at the US Naval
Academy and by students at the Brno University of Technology and has been in use since 2019. The system will be controlled completely from the ground. The SSTV firmware will permit sending live images as well as images saved in flash memory or encoded in onboard read-only memory (ROM). It also provides PSK telemetry and imaging
advance scheduling with current status (event counters, temperature, voltage, light conditions, etc.) and a brief summary, Paez said.

* EASAT-2 Frequencies

145.875 MHz uplink, FM voice (no subtone) and FSK 50 bps, AFSK,
AX.25, APRS 1,200/2,400 bps

436.666 MHz downlink, FM voice, CW, FSK 50 bps, FM voice beacon with
call sign AM5SAT.

* HADES Frequencies

145.925 MHz uplink, FM voice (no subtone) and FSK 50 bps, AFSK,
AX.25, APRS 1,200/2,400 bps

436.888 MHz downlink, FM voice, CW FSK 50 bps, SSTV Robot 36, FM
voice beacon with call sign AM6SAT

More information in English and Spanish on transmissions from both
satellites is available from the AMSAT-EA website at,
https://www.amsat-ea.org/

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Thursday 13th January 2022

Island activities:
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON

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

AS-107; HS, Gulf of Thailand North group:
The activation of Samet Island by E20AX/p, scheduled for Jan. 8 to 10, has been cancelled.

AS-150
; BY4, Shandong Province South group:
Che/BG2CNO, Cheng/BD3QC, and Ju/BI4MPY operate from Lingshan Island between the 13th and 15th as B4/BG2CNO on HF (CW, SSB, FT8). QSL via BI4MPY.

NA-021
; 8P, Barbados:
Chris/WA7RAR remains active as 8P9CB until the end of January on 30-10m (CW, SSB). QSL via WA7RAR (d).

NA-037; KL, Near Islands (Semichi Islands) group:
Fred/KB4DMQ is currently operating as KL7FBI until Jan. 24 from Shemya Island on 40m (FT8). QSL via KB4DMQ.

SA-023; PY6, Bahia State North group:
The postponed activation of Friars Island as ZY6A is now due to take place from Jan. 13 to 16. The operators are Rafael/PP2OK (SSB) and Robson/PY6TV (CW) on 40, 20, 15, and 10m. QSL via ClubLog, PY6TV (d). OC-262; YB4-5
Sumatra's Coastal Islands South: Agus/YB1TDL, Tia/YB1TIA, and Budi/YC1RQZ activate the islands Rakata and Anak Krakatau between Jan. 15 and 20, signing their homecalls/4 or /5, depending on their location. QSL for all via HA3JB.

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

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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RSGB Webinar on Software Construction

Wednesday 12th January 2022

The talk by Heather Lomond M0HMO - how to get started in software construction and where it can lead you - is now available on YouTube

All you need to get started in Software construction is a personal computer (Windows, Linux, Mac – they’ll all do), some spare time and, if you want to make a ‘thing’ then some loose change.

There are three easy and virtually free routes into writing your own programs: develop applications that run on your PC using the free Qt environment; write programs to run on one of the Arduino boards (£3 from China plus a USB cable) using the free Arduino application; or go for the middle ground with a Raspberry PI (around £40) and a wi-fi connection.

Heather takes you through the setup for each of these and shows you just how easy it is to go from flashing an LED through developing an ATV receiver to producing a fully-featured windows PC application such as her Mapper entry in the RSGB construction competition.

Watch RSGB Tonight @8 - Software construction - Heather Lomond M0HMO

Find out more:
Arduino - https://www.arduino.cc/
Raspberry Pi - https://www.raspberrypi.org/
Qt (software) - https://www.qt.io/
GitHub (software development platform) - https://github.com/

First shown on Monday 10 January 2022

For more information on all of the RSGB's webinars, go to
https://www.rsgb.org/webinars

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Germany's DARC talks to members about ham radio's future

Wednesday 12th January 2022

On Monday, January 3, the board of directors of Germany's DARC were joined by 140 members online for a discussion about the 'future of amateur radio'

A translation of the DARC post reads:

On Monday, January 3rd, the board of directors invited members to a discussion about the "future of amateur radio" on DARC's own server treff.darc.de

140 members gladly accepted this offer and from 7 pm got in direct contact with DARC Chair Christian Entsfellner, DL3MBG; Ernst Steinhauser, DL3GBE, and Ronny Jerke, DG2RON. “We have clearly shown how the board of directors envisions the future of amateur radio and have received a lot of positive feedback. We consider it a great success that so many members accepted our invitation, ”said DL3GBE, pleased with the positive response.

DARC chair Christian Entsfellner, DL3MBG, started with the question “How secure is our future?”. In the context of this presentation, the main focus was on looking at the changes in amateur radio over time, highlighting the problems and opportunities of digitization and working out the strategic goals for 2030+. The results of the IARU survey (SWOT analysis) on the strengths, weaknesses, risks and opportunities of amateur radio in Germany and the IARU were also presented by the IARU liaison officer Jörg Jahresig, DJ3HW. Together with DL3MBG, he compared the eight strategic goals of the IARU with the existing DARC statutes. You could already see that the DARC statutes already cover many aspects. With the help of concrete, practice-oriented examples, the strategic considerations could be filled with content and made tangible for the audience.

In the meantime, the participants exchanged their own experiences and ideas as well as the practice in the local chapters in the chat. In particular, the topics of recruiting young talent, maintaining members and public image / public relations were lively discussed. Members also talked about some interesting and promising approaches, such as more social media involvement and easier access to amateur radio. The newly introduced ham groups in particular - and thus the focus on other target groups - met with broad approval. From the participants z. B. a ham group "Maker" stimulated.

“At the meetings, we are primarily concerned with intensifying communication with the members and enabling them to participate in the future planning of the DARC. We not only want to provide information about our work, but also work together on setting the course for the future, ”explains Christian Entsfellner, DL3MBG.

The numerous positive comments from the group of participants show how successful the evening was. In conclusion, many thanked for the work of the Board of Directors and praised its systematic analysis

Source DARC
https://darc.de/

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Spanish radio amateurs can continue using 2.4 GHz

Wednesday 12th January 2022

Spain's URE has obtained permission for radio amateurs to use 2400.050 MHz to 2410 MHz for QO-100 satellite communication until December 26, 2022

A translation of a URE post reads:

The Union of Spanish Radio Amateurs (URE), requested the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructures the extension (the previous one expires on December 26, 2021), for a period of one year, of the aforementioned administrative authorization as well as, among other modifications of characteristics, the use of antennas of 60 cm in diameter and the extension of the band to 2410 MHz.

Said Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructures has granted to authorize until December 26, 2022 to the holders of amateur radio authorizations, the realization of transmissions of the amateur service in the frequency band 2400.050 to 2410 MHz, with a maximum EIRP of 1500 watts and using directive antennas with a gain of not less than 21.5 dBi, from authorized amateur radio stations located anywhere in the national territory to the QO-100 satellite located in the orbital position 25.9ºE of the geostationary orbit.


To view the Secretary of State's resolution for Digital Advancement click here
https://www.ure.es/images/noticias/generales/RESOLUCION-CONCESION.pdf

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

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Young people say why ham radio is relevant today

Wednesday 12th January 2022

Youth essays enlighten us on how amateur radio can evolve in the age of the internet

The Intrepid-DX Group is a not-for-profit corporation organized to conduct scientific and educational projects related to amateur radio, including DXing and the introduction and promotion of amateur radio in developing countries. This year, ARDC helped fund their Youth 'Dream Rig' Essay Contest. The contest was open to all U.S. licensed radio amateurs age 19 or younger.

Contestants were asked to submit a two-page essay answering the question, “How can amateur radio evolve to remain relevant in the age of the Internet?” First prize was an Icom IC-7300 HF/50 MHz transceiver; second and third prizes were a Yaesu FT- 65 VHF/UHF Dual-Band FM Handheld Transceiver.

Congratulations to the three winners. They offer some advice we all might take to heart.

Read the essays at
https://www.ampr.org/youth-essays-enlighten-us-on-how-amateur-radio-can-evolve-in-the-age-of-the-internet/

What is Amateur Radio?
http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Free UK amateur radio Online Training course

https://essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online/

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Amateur radio emergency communications in Malaysia

Wednesday 12th January 2022

Following the recent Selangor flood the Malay Mail looks at what can be done to improve disaster management, Amateur Radio gets a mention

The newspaper says:

Malay Mail spoke to two disaster management experts who listed various things Malaysia needs to improve on, including harnessing real-time data, tapping into the wisdom of local residents and locally-based agencies in the disaster-prone or disaster-hit area itself, and investing to reduce the impact from floods itself.

... As for multi-tier communications, Khamarrul noted that there cannot be a break in the communications of disaster risks — when a flood situation is being communicated between federal and state governments and the districts or between government agencies, or when the district office informs the local community organisations like Village Community Management Councils (MPKK) and Village Development and Security Committees (JKKK) and which should then alert the local communities in their area.

“So if you send a message at 2am, it must be properly received at the local level,” he said, noting the need to prepare a list of actions in advance for such a scenario and the establishing of platforms or tools to communicate and pass along orders.

He said the need to provide backup for communication during disasters between the local communities, district offices and state disaster operations command centre, such as for situations where social media app WhatsApp cannot be relied on when electricity supply is cut off and mobile phone batteries are dying.

At Hulu Langat in Selangor which Khamarrul had visited during the floods, he noted for example that the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters’ Society had briefly stepped in to help re-establish communications in the area when there was no electricity and the usual mobile networks were down.

Read the full story at
https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2022/01/05/how-malaysia-can-handle-massive-floods-better-heres-a-checklist/2033013

Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters’ Society
http://marts.org.my/
https://www.facebook.com/MalaysianAmatuer
RadioTransmittersSociety

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Ham radio station in Antarctica back on QO-100

Wednesday 12th January 2022

AMSAT-DL report the new antennas for the QO-100 geostationary satellite transponders have arrived in Antarctica and the DP0GVN ground station is now back on the air

On December 29, 2021, our new QO-100 SatCom ground station antenna for DP0GVN arrived intact in Antarctica at Neumayer Station III, and as of January 9, 2022, DP0GVN is again reachable via QO-100. This should continue to ensure future radio operations for the upcoming 2022/2023 wintering crew after the old antenna was rendered unusable by an exceptionally strong storm in August 2021.

Since the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 over-wintering team, radio contacts with Antarctica via the first amateur geostationary radio satellite Qatar-OSCAR 100 / QO-100 (Es’hail-2) enjoy the greatest popularity. AMSAT-DL provided the appropriate radio equipment for DP0GVN at Neumayer Station III, covering all costs for setup and provision of the required radio equipment and antenna.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our members and friends of AMSAT who have made this possible through their membership fees and donations. Also, this would not have been possible without our team of volunteers. Please continue to support our charitable work through your membership or donations.

While amateur radio operations mostly take place during free time, contacts with schools have also been arranged on a regular basis. Similar to ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station), such contacts in Antarctica are also something very special for the students. This will certainly also arouse interest in scientific or technical professions and, last but not least, amateur radio.

Read the full story at
https://amsat-dl.org/en/new-qo-100-satellite-antenna-for-dp0gvn/

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Solar cycle update

Wednesday 12th January 2022

Solar Cycle 25 is shaping up to be stronger than expected.

New sunspot counts confirm that the young solar cycle is outperforming official forecasts, with the rate of geomagnetic "storm days" nearly tripling in the past 12 months.

See the data and learn more @ Spaceweather.com

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UK MoD GPS Jamming

Tuesday 11th January 2022

The UK Ministry of Defence is conducting a GPS jamming exercise from January 10 until February 4 at West Freugh in Dumfries and Galloway

Ofcom says:

The exercise will run over the period 10 January – 4 February 2022, 21 March – 15 April 2022.

The jamming will be limited to 0830 – 1600 Local (in daylight only). Jamming will be limited to the time required to demonstrate the desired effect on the target and shall not exceed two minutes continuously, with a maximum of five test points per hour and a minimum of five minutes between test points

Location: Jammers will be located at MoD West Freugh, within three miles of WGS84 Lat/Lon N54° 50.34’ W004° 55.81’ (British National Grid reference NX119533)

Frequencies: 1560 MHz – 1609 MHz, 1212 MHz – 1252 MHz

Worst case areas of effect against a receiver:
• 2m AMSL – Up to 7 km (4 nm), but directional
• 25m AMSL – Up to 20 km (11 nm), but directional
• 70m AMSL – Up to 40 km (22 nm), but directional
• 5,000ft AMSL – Up to 50 km (27 nm) in all directions
• 10,000ft AMSL – Up to 90 km (49 nm) in all directions
• 20,000ft AMSL – Up to 90 km (49 nm) in all directions
• 30,000ft AMSL – Up to 90 km (49 nm) in all directions
• 40,000ft AMSL – Up to 90 km (49 nm) in all directions

Details of other UK GPS jamming exercises can be found at
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/spectrum/information/gps-jamming-exercises

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RISS highlighted among NASA’s best Space Station science pictures of 2021

Tuesday 11th January 2022

NASA has recognized Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) as a science education and research program.

Two images of ARISS activity are among those singled out by the space agency as some of the Best Space Station Science Pictures of 2021.

ARRL Representative to ARISS-International Rosalie White, K1STO, said recognition is significant because it shows that NASA considers what ARISS does to be within the realm of science education and research.

Actually, it’s an honor for amateur radio, too, that this program is categorized as science education and research,” White added. “This is a really big deal for ARISS, and we are really proud of the team.”

White feels the most important aspect of the recognition is that it shows that NASA believes in ARISS’s efforts in the realm of science education and research. “They call our radio contacts ‘ISS experiments,’ just as we call each radio contact an ARISS experiment,” she said.

The introduction to the new video, which NASA shared on Twitter, is, “It has been a busy year of research aboard the International Space Station. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1, Crew-2, and Crew-3 missions supported hundreds of science experiments aboard the orbiting laboratory.”

ARISS team member Armand Budzianowski, SP3QFE, wrote, “It is phenomenal that we were honored as creating science. It is a proud moment that ARISS and amateur radio were honored for the field of science and research by NASA!”

NASA also shared the photos on its website. 

Source ARRL: http://www.arrl.org/news/ariss-highlighted-among-nasa-s-best-space-station-science-pictures-of-2021

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Cat on a hot satellite dish: Elon Musk’s Starlink antenna hits surprise problem

Tuesday 11th January 2022

Starlink’s satellite internet performance has fallen victim to felines attracted to the warmth its dish gives off on cold days

Elon Musk’s satellite internet company, Starlink, has ambitious plans to bring internet access to people anywhere in the world. But it turns out the venture is providing another service: warming up cats.

A customer tweeted a photo of five cats huddled on his Starlink dish, which links homes to more than a thousand satellites, and noted that the presence of the furtive felines had slowed his internet performance.

“Starlink works great until the cats find out that the dish gives off a little heat on cold days,” Aaron Taylor said.

After the photo was widely shared online, Taylor clarified that the cats had taken to the dish by choice, rather than necessity.

“They have a heated cat house, with water and food, but -25C and they decide to sit on the Starlink dish. When the sun goes down, they head back to their house,” he said.

The attraction may be due to a “self-heating” feature on the dish which is designed to melt snow. In 2020, Starlink engineers touted efforts to “upgrade our snow melting ability”.

Taylor said the cats’ attraction to his Starlink dish interrupted movie streaming and affected internet speed.
“Doesn’t shut it down completely but definitely slows everything down,” he said.

He also said he planned to move the dish from the ground to a higher location.

Starlink, a division of Musk’s SpaceX company, has launched more than 1,600 satellites. The company, which has permission from US authorities to launch up to 12,000 satellites, says the service is “ideally suited for areas where connectivity has been unreliable or completely unavailable”.

The apparent attraction of Starlink dishes to cats has not been the only hiccup, however.

Read the full Guardian article:
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/jan/10/starlink-satellite-dish-cats-elon-musk

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Registration is now underway for the Winter/Spring 2022 RAC Advanced course!

Tuesday 11th January 2022

Radio Amateurs of Canada is once again offering an online Advanced Qualification Amateur Radio Course so that individuals can upgrade their qualifications while continuing to practise social/physical distancing.

With your Advanced Certificate, you can run higher power, operate a remotely-controlled station, obtain operating privileges when travelling overseas, set up repeaters, be the trustee for club stations and even become an Accredited Examiner (AE) if you also have the Morse Code qualification.

Note: You need to be a RAC Maple Leaf Operator Member (present or future) to register for this course. See below for information.

Course information:
The course will be 10 sessions in length and each session will be two hours long.

In order to offer maximum flexibility, we will be running two Advanced courses so students will be able to choose one of the following two options:

Sunday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm EDT (12 pm to 2 pm PDT) starting on Sunday, February 27 and ending on Sunday, May 16.
or
Monday evenings from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm EDT (5:30 pm to 7:30 pm PDT) starting on Monday, February 28 and ending on Monday, May 17

Note: There will be no classes on March 13, March 14, April 17 and April 18.

More information at Radio Amateurs of Canada
https://www.rac.ca/rac-advanced-course-for-maple-leaf-operators-winter-2022/

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Propagation Forecast Report

Tuesday 11th January 2022

(January 10-16th).......
Jan/10th AN Jan/13th AN Jan/15th HN
Jan/11th AN Jan/14th AN Jan/16th HN
Jan/12th AN

Solar Reference Keys / Indexes and Geomagnetic Reference

NORMALITY

GEOMAG

K Values

Alpha

AN - Above Normal

Quiet

K=0-1

0-7

HN - High Normal

Unsettled

K=2

8-15

LN - Low Normal

Active

K=3

16-29

BN - Below Normal

Minor Storm

K=4

30-49

DIS - Disturbed

Major Storm

K=5

50-99

VRY DIS - Very Disturbed

Severe Storm

K=6-9

100-400

Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites for propagation:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Turks and Caicos

Tuesday 11th January 2022

Operators John/AF3K and Ross/W2TT, who canceled their operation last year due to Covid, will be active as VP5/AF3K and VP5/W2TT, respectively, from Providenciales Island (NA-002) between March 23-31st.

Activity will include an entry in CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) signing as VP5P.

QSL via N2OO or ClubLog's OQRS.

All logs will be uploaded to LoTW, eQSL and ClubLog

OPDX

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Tuesday 11th January 2022

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 2nd January, through Sunday, 9th January there were 209 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, 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, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW,

K, KG4, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T33, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TU, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP6, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

OPDX

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IOTA News from OPDX

Tuesday 11th January 2022

Island activities:

The following are IOTA operations that were active this past week between January 3-8th (as per the DXCluster):

IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
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AF-004 EA8DGY CANARY 15m;
AF-004 EA8DHV CANARY 17m; CW
AF-004 EA8UP CANARY 40m; SSB
AF-004 EA8WF CANARY 40m; SSB
AF-014 CQ3MD MADEIRA 20/17m; CW/SSB/FT8
AF-014 CT3IQ MADEIRA 20m; SSB
AF-016 FR5DZ REUNION 15m; FT8
AF-017 3B9FR RODRIGUES 15m; CW
AF-019 IG9ITO PELAGIE 40m; SSB
AF-022 ZD7BG ST HELENA 17m; CW
AF-022 ZD7MY ST HELENA 20m; FT8
AF-049 3B8CW MAURITIUS 12m; FT8
AF-077 ZS1ML WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE SOUTH 20m; FT8
AN-011 KC4USV ROSS 20m; FT8
AN-015 8J1RL QUEEN MAUD LAND 12m; FT8
AN-016 DP1POL ANTARCTICA 30m; CW
AN-016 ZS7ANF ANTARCTICA 30/15m; CW/FT8
AS-004 5B4AIF Cyprus 15m; SSB
AS-004 5B4VL Cyprus 17/15m; SSB
AS-004 ZC4GR Cyprus 17m; SSB
AS-007 JA3BWC HONSHU 20m; SSB
AS-007 JA4DWG HONSHU 30m; FT8
AS-007 JF1EHM HONSHU 20m; FT8
AS-007 JH7RTQ HONSHU 20m; FT8
AS-007 JR1FYS HONSHU 20m; FT8
AS-019 9V1SV SINGAPORE 40m; FT8
AS-032 JI3DST/6 OSUMI 20/17m; CW/FT8
AS-076 JA5EXC SHIKOKU 20m; FT8
AS-076 JA5CJZ SHIKOKU 40m; SSB
AS-076 JR5JAQ SHIKOKU 160m;
AS-077 JA6JEW KYUSHU 160m;
AS-077 JR6BTZ KYUSHU 80m; FT8
AS-078 JH8RBY Hokkaido 17m; SSB
EU-001 SV5BYR DODECANESE 20m; CW/SSB
EU-002 OH0AZX Aland 15m; FT8
EU-002 OH0Z Aland 160m; FT8
EU-004 EA6ACA BALEARIC 20m; CW
EU-005 G0FWX GREAT BRITAIN 17m; SSB
EU-005 G3PQA GREAT BRITAIN 160m;
EU-005 G4OIG/P GREAT BRITAIN 20m; SSB
EU-005 G3YRO GREAT BRITAIN 160m;
EU-005 GB2KW GREAT BRITAIN 40m; SSB
EU-005 M0RBG/P GREAT BRITAIN 40m; SSB
EU-005 M0XXT GREAT BRITAIN 40m; SSB
EU-005 M5ZZZ GREAT BRITAIN 20m; SSB
EU-005 MM0HVU GREAT BRITAIN 15m; FT8
EU-005 MM0MMN GREAT BRITAIN 20m; SSB
EU-009 GM8OFQ ORKNEY 40m; SSB
EU-013 GH5DX JERSEY 160m;
EU-016 9A4W DALMATIA SOUTH 40/20m; CW
EU-016 9A9RR BRAC 20m; SSB
EU-023 9H1TT MALTA 40m; SSB
EU-024 I4YSS SARDINIA 40m; SSB
EU-024 IQ0SS SARDINIA 80m;
EU-024 IS0ACP SARDINIA 40m; SSB
EU-025 II9WRTC SICILY 40m; RTTY
EU-025 IT9IHB SICILY 20m; SSB
EU-025 IT9ILN SICILY 40m; SSB
EU-025 IT9PQJ SICILY 17m; SSB
EU-029 OV1CDX SJAELLAND 30m; CW
EU-030 OZ9FF BORNHOLM 15m; FT8
EU-038 PC3M NOORD HOLLAND/FRIESLAND/GRONINGEN PROVINCE 40/20m; CW
EU-047 DA0IMD BORKUM 40m; SSB
EU-049 SY8DQX NORTH AEGEAN 20m; SSB
EU-060 SV8LMQ STEREA ELLAS REGION 40m; FT8
EU-067 SY8CDV KYKLADES 40m; CW
EU-075 SV8GGI Salamina 40/17m; CW
EU-115 EI0CL IRELAND 80m; SSB
EU-115 EI2IP IRELAND 40m; CW
EU-115 EI6EG IRELAND 20m; SSB
EU-115 EI90ITRS IRELAND 17m; CW
EU-115 GI0CWV/P IRELAND 20m; SSB
EU-115 MI0OBC IRELAND 30m; FT8
EU-116 MD4K ISLE OF MAN 80m; CW
EU-131 IK3PQH/P VENETO REGION 40/20m; SSB/FT8
EU-171 OZ4SKK JYLLAND NORTH 20m; FT4
EU-172 OZ7PR/P JYLLAND EAST AND FYN 40m; SSB
NA-010 VE1HQ NOVA SCOTIA PROVINCE (CAPE BRETON) 40m; FT8
NA-015 CM2RSV CUBA 80m; FT8
NA-015 CO7FR CUBA 40m; CW
NA-015 CO8LY CUBA 40m; FT8
NA-018 OX3XR GREENLAND 20m; CW
NA-021 8P6ET BARBADOS 40m; SSB
NA-023 NP2AR BRITISH VIRGIN 40m; SSB
NA-029 VY2JC PRINCE EDWARD 20m; FT8
NA-057 HR9/WD9ISQ ROATAN 40m; SSB
NA-062 K2ZR/4 FLORIDA STATE (FLORIDA KEYS) 30m; CW
NA-062 NF2RS/4 FLORIDA STATE (FLORIDA KEYS) 40m; CW
NA-083 KE5EE VIRGINIA STATE 20m; SSB
NA-091 VA7DBJ BRITISH COLUMBIA PROVINCE SOUTH 20m; SSB
NA-096 HI3Y HISPANIOLA 15m; FT8
NA-096 HI8S HISPANIOLA 15m; FT8
NA-099 KP4JRS PUERTO RICO 40/17m; CW/SSB
NA-099 KP4PUA PUERTO RICO 40m; SSB
NA-099 NP4AW PUERTO RICO 20m; CW
NA-101 J72IMS DOMINICA 40m; SSB
NA-105 FS/F8AAN St Martin 17m; CW
NA-106 KP2B VIRGIN 40m; CW
NA-106 NP2AR VIRGIN 40m; SSB
NA-136 KB1DK CONNECTICUT STATE 15m; SSB
NA-138 KA4DLT FLA STATE NE(BREVARD TO NASSAU COUNTY) 40m; SSB
NA-249 KP4SX PUERTO RICO'S COASTAL 30m; FT8
OC-001 VJ4T Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK2WF Australia 160m;
OC-001 VK3MH Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK3TX Australia 20m; FT8
OC-001 VK5LJ Australia 40m;
OC-001 VK6IR Australia 15m; SSB
OC-001 VK6SJ Australia 15m; SSB
OC-001 VK8NSB Australia 20/15m; FT8/FT4
OC-005 VK9DX NORFOLK 20m; FT8
OC-021 YC1DIU JAVA 20m; SSB
OC-021 YB1DNF JAVA 40m; SSB
OC-021 YC2VOC JAVA 20m; SSB
OC-026 KG6JDX Guam 17m; FT8
OC-036 ZL1VAH NORTH 15m; FT8
OC-036 ZL3IO NORTH 15m; CW
OC-129 VA7CD/DU7 VISAYAN 30m; FT8
OC-134 ZL3JT SOUTH 15m; FT8
OC-139 VK5GR/P Kangaroo 40m; FT8
SA-002 VP8LP FALKLAND 15m; SSB
SA-008 LU1XU ISLA GRANDE DE TIERRA DEL FUEGO 20m; FT8
SA-011 9Z4FE TRINIDAD 17/15m; SSB
SA-011 9Z4Y TRINIDAD 40m; SSB
SA-012 YV7WGA NUEVA ESPARTA STATE 40m; FT8
SA-027 PP5BI SANTA CATARINA STATE NORTH 20m; SSB
SA-079 PY1JDS RIO DE JANEIRO STATE CENTRE 10m; SSB
SA-099 PJ2/N7WA CURACAO 17m; CW
SA-099 PJ2/NA2U CURACAO 20m; CW
SA-099 PJ2ND CURACAO 20m; SSB

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

AS-107. The E20AX/p team, who was scheduled to activate Samet Island between January 8-10th, had to postponed their operation due to a Covid outbreak. The group plans to schedule.

AS-135/ Jack, BA4ALC/BA5CW, is planning to activate the following AS-137. two IOTA islands sometime throughout 2022: Dongxilian Island (AS-135 in the Jiangsu Province Group) and Hengsha Island (AS-137 in the Zhejiang Province North Group). QSL via BD4HF only direct with SASE. QSL via Bureau will be answered only if LoTW is not confirmed.

AS-150. Members of the Huaniu Amateur Radio Club will be active as B4/BG2CNO from Lingshan Island, Shandong Province, China, between January 13-15th. The young operators (all under 30) mentioned are Zhengda/BG2CNO, Lv. Peng/BD3QC and Lithium/ BI4MPY. Activity will be on 80/40/30/20/17/15 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. They state, "Due to the shortage of funds, we only used affordable antenna system in this activity." QSL via BI4MPY. For more details, see QRZ.com.

NA-037. (Update) Fred, KB4DMQ, is expected to be active as KL7FBI from Shemya Island until January 24th. However, Cezar, VE3LYC, reports the following on January 2nd: "Fred has recently been on the air on 20 and 40m. His antenna has been through two major storms, with gusts of over 70 mph or more than 110 km/h, and several storms with gusts of up to 60 mph. He suspects that the current storm broke a wire inside his homemade balun, and as such he won't be continuing to transmit until he can take the antenna down, check it out and fix the electrical problem that he is experiencing. In view of the above, don't look for him on the bands over the coming days, but he will be back!" QSL via KB4DMQ.

NA-057. John, AD8J, will be active as HR9/AD8J from Guanaja Island (WW Loc. EK78), Honduras, between February 12-26th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, FT8 and limited SSB, with with 100 watts into wire antennas. John plans on a big all band effort for ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 19-20th). QSL via LoTW (preferred). For paper QSLs, please QSL via AD8J with sufficient postage direct to: John Getz, 24 Stony Ridge, Asheville, NC 28804. There will be no eQSLs, QRZ confirmations or ClubLog. Log will be uploaded at the end of each week and right after the contest.

NA-114. (Update) Members of the Radio Club de Montceau Les Mines (F6KJS) will be active as TO6S from Terre de Haut (WW Loc. FK95eu87, WLOTA-3998), Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe, between January 20th and February 1st. Didier, F6BCW, states "everything is OK" and posted an update on their Web site, FaceBook page and QRZ.com page, January 3rd at:
https://les-saintes.f6kjs.fr/index.php/2022/01/03/laventure-to6s-continue-de-plus-belle/
For more details and updates, see: https://les-saintes.f6kjs.fr
Their Facebook page is at: https://www.facebook.com/DXpÇdition-TO6S-102954718850959

OC-209. Cezar, VE3LYC, reports the following on January 4th [edited]: You already know that Agus operated as YB1TDL/8 from Karakelong (OC-209) during the month of December 2021. Please note that he informed me today that his FT8 activity between December 21st and 27th was carried out remotely, as he operated his station on the island from Manado, on Sulawesi (OC-146). Agus was not aware at the time of the IOTA rules regarding remote operation. During that time he made about 60 QSOs, which unfortunately cannot used toward either OC-146 or 209 credits. Agus has plans to operate in the coming weeks from at least one island in the OC-262 group, which I'm sure that he will announce in detail before long.

OC-262. Operators Agus/YB1TDL and Budi/YC1RQZ will be active as YB1TDL/4 and YC1RQZ/4, respectively, from Rakata Island between January 15-20th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via HA3JB.

SA-023. (Update/Reschedule) Operators Bob/PY6TV (CW) and RaFael/PP2OK (SSB) will be active as ZY6A from Friars Island between January 12-16th. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters using CW and SSB.
Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 7040, 14040, 21040 and 28040 kHz
SSB - 7160, 14260, 21260 and 28460 kHz
QSL via address on QRZ.com direct or PayPal.

PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the 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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Peter Jost HB9CET retires as Vice-Coordinator of IARUMS R1

Monday 10th January 2022

Due to age, health and personal reasons Peter Jost HB9CET retired as IARU Monitoring System R1 Vice-Coordinator at the end of December, remaining in IARUMS R1 as USKA (Switzerland) IARUMS Coordinator

IARU Region 1 reports:

Peter, awarded the IARUMS R1 Medal in September 2021, acting IARUMS coordinator for a period until October 2020 and deputy coordinator for many years, has made a major contribution to the IARU MS Newsletters and has developed excellent professional presentation material on the IARUMS work.

We warmly thank Peter Jost, HB9CET, for his long commitment to IARUMS R1 and his excellent work and contributions.

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

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The Slow Morse Club

Monday 10th January 2022

As membership of the Slow Morse Club surpasses eight thousand this is a little reminder to those who might be thinking of joining the apparent renaissance of CW operating.

The club welcomes all who are interested in operating slow CW on air regardless of ability in the mode. For the more experienced there is the chance to coach and for the newbies, the chance to learn, and more importantly, use CW on air perhaps for the first time.

Knowing that your contact is a 'friendly face' who is not going to chastise you if the QSO doesn't quite abide by the normal conventions of CW QSOs, for example if you make a mistake, helps overcome some of the anxiety of using this most skilful of radio modes.

The club has a FaceBook page for general chit-chat and uses the Signal instant messaging app for arranging skeds and advising others of slow CW contacts in real time.

If you think you may be interested, why not look up "The Slow Morse Cub" you'll be very welcome.

IRTS

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How to work the HO-113 / XW-3 satellite

Monday 10th January 2022

Watch John Brier KG4AKV work new linear satellite HO-113 / XW-3 and talk about some of its issues so you can learn how to work it successfully despite those issues

On December 25th, while most of the space community was excitedly discussing the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launch of that morning, the amateur radio satellite community was also anticipating their own new satellite launching that evening.

On December 26th at 03:11 UTC, XW-3 (CAS-9), was launched on a CZ-4C launch vehicle from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in China, piggybacked with the ZY-1(02E) earth observation satellite.

XW-3 was designated HO-113 by AMSAT a few days after launch.

Transponder passband frequency table for printing:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/0tsrxs2l2lzr1ix/HO-113_frequency_table.pdf?dl=0

XW-3 user manual:
https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/XW-3_Manual_1.11.pdf

Update: The passband center frequency may actually be higher than what is published in the XW-3 user manual and what is shown at 4:19 in this video.
https://mailman.amsat.org/hyperkitty/list/amsat-bb@amsat.org/thread/736P6BJPXJXEMD
UJI77KLJ6HTGRGKOMF/


This video was based on this article:
https://spacecomms.wordpress.com/2022/01/02/new-chinese-linear-satellite-xw-3-and-its-issues/

00:00 My setup
00:48 Demonstration
03:44 Background on HO-113
04:41 weak downlink, high SWR?
06:03 Real reasons for weak downlink
06:48 Deaf receiver
07:28 Noisy passband

Watch New linear satellite HO-113 and its issues

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Norwegian club celebrates first 100 years

Monday 10th January 2022

The Norwegian 'Bergensgruppen av NRRL' celebrates its first 100 years.

The club was founded in 1922 under the name Bergens Radio Amatør Klub.

It was only fitting that the club was founded in Hotel Transatlantic, only few months after the first transatlantic contact between radio amateurs.

Centenary activities will be based in the club station in Totland, Bergen, grid locator JP20RH.
LA100B will be activated throughout the year in many modes on HF and 6m. During contests expect to also hear the callsign
LN1B

IRTS

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Exam centre and HF assessors re-affirmation

Monday 10th January 2022

Exam centre - As per the RAE policy all exam centres have been de-activated for 2022. An e-mail has been sent to all 50 chief invigilators of registered exam centres. Clubs wishing to offer RAE classes and continue running an exam centre are required to confirm and update all their details.

It is important that the physical address and contact e-mail is correct. Once the process has been completed, the exam centre will be re-activated. Please check after a few days to see if your exam centre has been published at www.sarl.org.za/Web3/RAE/ExamCentresPublic.aspx.

HF assessors
– e-mails have also been sent to all 115 registered HF assessors. As an HF assessor you are also required to re-confirm your availability for 2022. Once you have re-re-confirmed your details will appear on the list at www.sarl.org.za/Web3/RAE/HFAssessorsPublic.aspx.

If you have registered as an exam centre or HF assessor and your details have not been published, then contact the RAE manager at rae@sarl.org.za.

SARL

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The Space Weather Woman

Monday 10th January 2022

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

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Three local contests in the next two weeks

Monday 10th January 2022

There are three South African contests scheduled for the next two weeks.

The PEARS National VHF/UHF Contest will be run from 16:00 UTC on Friday 14 January until 12:00 UTC on Sunday 16 January 2022. Unfortunately, no news item was received from the hosting Club about the contest. Turn to page 26 of the 2022 Blue Book for further information.

The first leg of the SARL Wednesday 80 m Club Contest will be run from 17:00 to 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 19 January with phone, CW and digital activity. The exchange is a RS, RST or RSQ report, your four-character grid square and the name or abbreviation of your Club. You score two points for a phone QSO, three points for a CW and digital QSO, two points for each new grid square and one point for each new Club worked. The format has changed to a contest because South African radio amateurs are not ready to operate sprints. Submit your MS Excel log by 21:59 UTC on Monday 24 January to contest@sarl.org.za. Your call sign must appear in the name of the file, e.g., ZS4BS 2022 Wednesday 80 m Club Contest.xlsx. On page 57 of the 2022 Blue Book, you will find a list of Clubs and their abbreviations.

The first leg of the SARL QRP Contest, the Summer contest, will be on the air from 12:00 to 13:30 UTC on Saturday 22 January 2022. More detail in next week’s bulletin.

Clubs and individuals who are the hosts of the contests in the 2022 Blue Book are referred to Rule 2 of the General Rules. They are requested to advertise the contest by submitting a news item to SARL News for at least 2 Sundays before the contest. Upload the news item, in English and Afrikaans, to www.sarl.org.za/NewsInbox.asp.

South African Radio League

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World Radiosport Team Championship

Monday 10th January 2022

WRTC, the World Radiosport Team Championship was conceived as an Olympic style competition among radio contesters, where teams of two compete from the same locations, using identical stations, thereby being a true test of operator skills.

The championship is usually held every four years and is run over twenty-four hours in conjunction with the IARU HF Championship on the second full weekend in July. This year's event was to be held in Italy but has been postponed to 2023 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The WRTC organisers are running an award programme from January 1st to July 10th to promote the competition in Italy next year. Special event stations will be active on all bands and modes from each of the Italian call ares using the suffix WRTC.

Each CW QSO will be worth 10 points, SSB 5 points and RTTY 4 points. You will need 50 points to qualify for the award. QSO totals and award hunters scores are available in real-time on wrtc2022.it/award.

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RSGB Director resigns

Sunday 9th January 2022

RSGB Director Andy Mace M0MUX, whose portfolio covered Youth, Innovation, ARISS and RSGB Tech, resigned on Thursday, December 6

Andy tweeted:
"Time to move onto the next chapter in life. I resigned as an RSGB Director on Thursday due to pure frustration. As I was elected by you lovely people, I feel it’s only right I share my resignation email. It’s a shame. The org has so much potential and I couldn’t change it. #hamr"

His letter of resignation can be seen at
https://twitter.com/m0mux/status/1479742709447471104

The latest resignation follows the sudden departure of Paul Devlin G1SMP in December 2021. Andy M0MUX had taken over the Board responsibility for Youth, Innovation and ARISS after Director Mark Jones G0GMX suddenly departed from the board in 2019.

Directors Simone Wilson M0BOX and Chris Callicott G4DJJ also left the board in 2019, while Philip Willis M0PHI and Mike Bruce M0ITI were among those leaving the Board in 2020.

The RSGB is looking for new Board and Regional volunteers, details at
https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/headlines/2022/01/07/board-and-regional-volunteers-wanted/

Companies House record of RSGB Directors
https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/00216431/officers

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4th generation LFA Yagis coming this spring 2022

Sunday 9th January 2022

Well, this is it! the 9el 144MHz LFA-4, 4th generation LFA Yagi!

The first photo shows the antenna on the portable mast, lowered to allow for a better photo. Second is the analyser plot. Note that the vertical scale maximum is 1.5:1 not the typical 3:1. SWR measured at 144.1MHz (EME centre frequency) is 1.028:1 and at 144.3MHz 1.064:1. SWR across 1.1MHz does not reach 1.3:1.

Final image shows the VE7BQH list as sent by Lionel, VE7BQH showing the new LFA-4’s G/T figure of a class beating -6.65dB. Basically, this mean opinion score when compared with other Yagis up to this boom length (and a considerable number longer than this!) suggests this Yagi is likely to receive weak signal better than most.

 

Not available on the InnovAntennas website as yet although this and others will be added before spring.

 

Justin G0KSC

www.innovantennas.com

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QSO Today - Vince d'Eon, VE6LK

Sunday 9th January 2022

Vince d'Eon, VE6LK, has taken hold of the many amateur radio opportunities on HF SSB, VHF/UHF mobile operation, repeater building and maintenance, and supporting events with his Calgary based amateur radio club.

Vince is a regular contributor to the bi-weekly Ham Radio Workbench Podcast and made a presentation at the last QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo on Disaster Communications and Leadership Imperatives for Radio Amateurs.

VE6LK is my QSO Today.

Listen to the podcast

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South Africa: New EMC rules for electronic devices to benefit radio hams

Sunday 9th January 2022

All electrical and electronic devices in South Africa that do not have radio frequency modules must now have valid electromagnetic compatibility certificates recognised by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)

SARL News reports:

The new rules should go a long way to take electronics off the market that cause radio interference, electronics like switch mode power supplies, LEDs and electronic equipment where noise suppression circuitry has been omitted to save cost. The new rule comes after the SABS and Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) were met with criticism after they tried to implement a new compliance regime in 2017.
 
Among the concerns was that only compliance certificates from test laboratories authorised and integrated into the SABS Authorised Laboratory Programme would be recognised. ICASA and the SABS have now changed their approach, recognising internationally accredited labs.

Ironically the SARL has on several occasions discussed this issue with ICASA and is delighted that this issue has been resolved. This new rule may also have a positive impact on type approval. The SARL has requested an urgent meeting of the SARL/ICASA liaison committee to pursue this matter.

Source SARL Weekly News
http://www.sarl.org.za/members/admin/MailDat.asp

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Receiving SSTV from the Space Station

Sunday 9th January 2022

In this video Virgil K7VZ provides information about decoding Slow Scan TV (SSTV) images from the International Space Station  

Virgil also shares his 12 photos from Lunar Exploration, Expedition 66 that he received at his home in Arizona

Watch International Space Station - Slow Scan Television - December 2021

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James Webb telescope completes epic deployment sequence

Sunday 9th January 2022

It's done. The biggest astronomical mirror ever sent into space is assembled and ready for focusing.

The golden reflector, the centrepiece of the new James Webb telescope, was straightened out on Saturday into its full, 6.5m-wide, concave shape.

The mirror had been folded like a drop-leaf table for the mission's Christmas Day launch.

James Webb is set now to become a transformative tool in the study of all parts of the cosmos.

Scientists intend to use the $10bn observatory and its remarkable mirror to capture events that occurred just a couple of hundred million years after the Big Bang. They want to see the very first stars to light up the Universe.

They'll also train the telescope's big "eye" on the atmospheres of distant planets to see if those worlds might be habitable.

"Webb has the potential to blow people away, even people who are used to the pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope - and I know that's hard to imagine," said Lee Feinberg, who's led the Webb mirror development team at the US space agency (Nasa).

"Webb is so powerful, almost anywhere we look we're going to be breaking new ground in a huge way," he told BBC News.

Read the full BBC News article:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-59914936

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Having fun on St. Eustatius

Sunday 9th January 2022

John, W5JON/V47JA, informs OPDX that he had so much fun last October, he will once again be going to St. Eustatius and to be active as PJ5/W5JON between April 26th and May 4th.

His radio will be a Yaesu FT-891 with an Elecraft KPA-500 Amplifier into dipole antennas and 3 element 6m yagi.

Activity will be on 60-6 meters using SSB and FT8.

ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.

OPDX

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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 8th January 2022

Products made from unobtainium

The other day I received an email from a fellow amateur, Elwood WB0OEW. We've been exchanging email for a little while and having been in the hobby since before I learnt to ride a bicycle, he's always got some interesting insight into something I've said and an encouraging word to share.

This time he introduced me to a project he built and published a couple of years ago. It's a variable frequency standard, built from parts and, at the time, costing all of about $150, more on that shortly. Compared to the microwave oven sized HP-606A signal generator sitting on my bench in bits, with some diligent layout, this project could fit inside one of the valves that drives that massive hunk of equipment.

As an aside, truth be told, I'm a little afraid of the HP. It managed to pop the RCD, a residual current device, or safety switch, in my house and in doing so, took out the UPS that powers my main workstation, so, not unexpectedly, I'm reluctant to repeat the experience. Once I understand precisely what happened, I'll pick up the restoration efforts and based on what I learnt today, it might get me where I want to go faster.

Elwood's frequency standard is a very interesting project that delivers a very precise Variable Frequency Oscillator or VFO with an accuracy approaching 1 part per billion. His project uses an Arduino to control a touch sensitive display, read a knob and set and correct the frequency using a GPS as an accurate external time source. It's all very compact, easy to follow and I immediately thought that this would be an excellent project to build with a little twist.

I'm thinking that it would be really great to have this device sit on your local network and make it remote controllable.

The heart of this frequency standard project is a chip called an Si5351. The Silicon Labs Si5351, to use its full name, was first sold by Mouser in 2010 and has been popular since. You'll find it in all manner of places, including the Linux kernel source tree, the QRPlabs QCX and BITX to name two, the Elecraft KX2, scores of Arduino projects and countless frequency source products and projects used in amateur radio.

The Si5351 is a configurable clock generator. Think of it as a programmable crystal that can be configured on the fly, as often as you like. For configuration, it uses an I2C bus, or Inter-Integrated Circuit communications protocol, a special serial bus intended for chip to chip communications, invented by Philips Semiconductors in 1982. That's the same Philips from the light bulbs and audio cassettes, CD, DVD and Blu-ray, also the Philishave. To complete the picture, Philips Semiconductors became NXP in September 2006.

Back to our frequency standard project.

I wondered if I could cut out the Arduino from the actual correction process, since I didn't need a display or a knob and discovered that the Si5351 comes in several flavours. Elwood's design uses the A-version, but there's also a C-version that has the ability to take in an external clock, like say that from a GPS, and correct within the chip itself.

With that information in hand, I figured that I could use a simple Wi-Fi capable system on a chip, something like say an ESP8266, to configure the clock and take care of communications with the outside world. In the process I'd learn how to do a bunch of new things, including my first foray into generating RF, first time writing actual firmware, first time designing circuits and no double many more firsts.

Then I hit a snag.

It seems that the Si5351 has gone from commonplace to zero in stock. Not just zero in stock in Australia, or the US, no, zero in stock anywhere. There are a few A-version breakout boards, that is, the chip on a circuit board, available from one supplier. There is also a new compatible chip, an MS5351M, available from China, but that's a drop-in for the A-version, not the C-version.

So, where it stands is that I can almost taste the design, essentially three chips, an almost trivial circuit board, some SMA connectors, a power source and an external GPS antenna, something that would represent the very first circuit I actually designed, which is a long way from reading the circuit diagram for my Commodore VIC-20 back in the days before I owned a soldering iron.

It did bring me face to face with an odd realisation.

There are components that we use in day-to-day use, ones that are common, used across many different industries, that come from a single source. I should also mention that this particular manufacturer just got sold to another company, which doesn't help matters.

Nobody seems to know how long this shortage might last with forecasts varying wildly, but I'm beginning to wonder how many of these kinds of components exist and how we might reduce our dependence on single supplier hardware.

I'm also starting to look at using an FPGA to do all of this in software, but that's going to take some time, of course we could start using valves again. My 1960's era HP signal generator is starting to look much less intimidating.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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Launch of EASAT-2 and HADES satellites

Saturday 8th January 2022

The EASAT-2 and HADES satellites, each carrying an FM transponder and digipeater, are expected to launch on January 13 at 15:25 GMT on the SpaceX Falcon-9 Transporter-3 mission.

A translation of a post by Spain’s URE reads:

The Scottish space broker Alba Orbital has confirmed the correct integration of the EASAT-2 and Hades satellites in the Falcon-9vehicle, using the company’s AlbaPOD ejector. It is confirmed, except for exceptional circumstances, the launch for this Thursday, January 13, initially at 15.25 UTC (16.25 Spanish peninsular time). Both satellites should have been launched a year ago, but the problems of the Momentusintegrator, on whose Vigoride vehicle albaPod ejectors of Alba Orbital were to be integrated with the American administration, caused this delay. Momentus was replaced by Exolaunch for the flight.

Both satellites offer FM voice communications and data relay in FSK or AFSK up to 2400 bps,such as AX.25 or APRS frames. They also broadcast voice beacons on FM with the callsigns AM5SAT and AM6SAT, as well as CW.

The EASAT-2satellite, designed and built jointly by AMSAT-EA and students of the European University of the Degrees in Aerospace Engineering in Aircraft and in Telecommunication Systems Engineering,with contributions from ICAI in the communications part, incorporates as experimental cargo basaltic material from Lanzarote,similar to lunar basalts, provided by the research group on meteorites and planetary geosciences of the CSIC at the Institute of Geosciences, IGEO (CSIC-UCM) and that could be used as a building material on the Moon. This project was promoted and has the collaboration of the ETSICCP (UPM).

The UNESCO world geopark of Lanzarote and Chinijo archipelago has been used for various investigations as an analogue of the Moon and Mars, including also the instruction of ESA astronauts. The selected basaltic material meets the requirements to be used as a simulant of the basalt existing on the Moon. The purpose of the experiment is to determine its evolution in space based on periodic measurements of some of its properties. Although the experiment is limited and constitutes a first phase of this type of study, it is an important milestone as it is the first of its kind introduced on such a small satellite.

As for Hades,its payload consists of a miniature camera module that sends the captured images as an audio signal in SSTVmode. The SSTV formats it uses are compatible with Robot36, Robot72, MP73 and MP115.

The design is based on the one used in the successful mission of the PSAT2 satellite, an amateur radio satellite of the United States Naval Academy and brno University of Technology. This chamber has been operational since June 25, 2019:
http://www.aprs.org/psat2.html

The camera chip is the Omnivision OV2640, which provides a resolution of up to 2M pixels and compressed output in JPEG. Resolution is limited by the CPU’s internal memory (MCU) that controls the camera to 320×240 (typical) or 640×480 maximum. The MCU selected for the control is the STM32F446RET6, which has the smallest possible footprint with connection to DCMI peripheral, necessary for connection with the camera.

Images can be stored on a 2 MB serial flash memory. The complete SSTV encoder has managed to be implemented in a 4-layer PCB with dimensions of only 38x38mm.

The MCU can be fully controlled from ground stations. The firmware allows the sending of images of the camera live,of imágenes previously saved in the flash memory or of images encoded in ROM. It also provides advance programming of image acquisition and PSK telemetry with the current status (event counters, temperature, voltage, light conditions, etc.) and a brief summary.

The described module has been developed and manufactured at the Department of Radioelectronics of the Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic. Both hardware and firmware designs with the source codes will be available on Github under the MIT license https://github.com/alpov/SatCam

Initially only the EASAT-2 repeater is active. Hades’ will be activated by telecommand a few days after launch.

The frequencies coordinated with IARU for both satellites are as follows:

EASAT-2
• 145.875 MHz uplink, Modes: VOICE FM (without undertone) and FSK 50 bps, AFSK, AX.25, APRS 1200 / 2400 bps
• 436.666 MHz downlink, Modes: FM voice, CW, FSK 50 bps, FM voice beacon with AM5SAT callsign

HADES
• 145.925 MHz uplink, Modes: VOICE FM (without undertone) and FSK 50 bps, AFSK, AX.25, APRS 1200 / 2400 bps
• 436.888 MHz downlink, Modes: FM voice, CW FSK 50 bps, SSTV Robot 36, FM voice beacon with AM6SAT callsign

The description of the transmissions can be found in the following document:
https://www.amsat-ea.org/app/download/12530621/AMSAT+EA+-+EASAT-
2+and+HADES+Transmissions
+description+v1.05.pdf

AMSAT-EA appreciates the reception of telemetry, voice beacons and SSTV images. A paper QSL is sent to those who send their transmissions. It can be done through the following link:
http://data.amsat-ea.org/

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IARU-R1: Radio Spectrum Policy Group

Saturday 8th January 2022

RSPG, the Radio Spectrum Policy Group, is a high-level advisory group that assists the European Commission in the development of radio spectrum policy

IARU Region 1 Political Relations Committee (PRC) participated in an RSPG Stakeholder Workshop at the beginning of December 2021. The online event had in the region of 130 participants. The outgoing Chair of RSPG Mr Frank Krüger reviewed progress and deliverables in the RSPG Work Programme for 2020 and beyond. The headings included Peer Review/Good Offices, Climate Change (a new topic for RSPG), Spectrum Sharing and Strategic Spectrum Aspects (including a new Radio Spectrum Policy and a targeted consultation on the 2030 Digital Compass).

Incoming Chair Mr Eric Fournier pointed to the Public Consultation on the Draft Work Programme for 2022 and beyond.

This document is available on the RSPG website here. IARU PRC has commented on the document as part of the Public Consultation process and the IARU document may be viewed here
https://www.iaru-r1.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/PRC-IARU-Observations-on-RSPG-WP-2022.pdf

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

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Nicolas Gagnon, VE2NCG, scores over one million points in the RAC Challenge!

Saturday 8th January 2022

The first six months of the RAC Canadian Portable Operations Challenge are now complete and the 2021 winners will be announced shortly.

One of the most enthusiastic participants in the RAC Challenge to date has been Nick Gagnon, VE2NCG, of Laval, Quebec.

Nick has made many thousands of contacts in well over 200 portable operations since the RAC Challenge began on July 1, 2021.

On December 27, 2021, Nick crossed a major milestone: the one million point barrier. Congratulations Nick!

The full 2021 results will be announced after January 10, 2022 once they have been tabulated and will also appear in the March/April 2022 issue of The Canadian Amateur (TCA) magazine.

The RAC Challenge 2022 edition began on January 1 and will run the full 12 months until December 31, 2022.

You can follow along on the RAC Challenge Leaderboard on the RAC website at:
https://www.rac.ca/rac-challenge-annual-chart/

Note to participants: We would appreciate it if you would share your RAC Challenge enthusiasm and experiences with us by using the Member Stories portal (https://www.rac.ca/member-stories/) to upload text and photos. We will be happy to include them in The Canadian Amateur and on the RAC website.

For more information on the RAC Challenge visit:
https://www.rac.ca/rac-challenge/

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Aruba op

Saturday 8th January 2022

John, W2GD, will once again be active as P40W from Aruba (SA-036) during February (specific dates not provided).

Activity will be (when time permits) on the various HF bands with some focus on the 30/17/12 meters and 160 meters mostly on CW (before the contest).

His activity will also include an entry in the upcoming ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 19-20th) signing as P44W and as a Single-Op/ All-Band entry.

QSL via LoTW or N2MM. No bureau cards

OPDX

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Nepal update

Saturday 8th January 2022

Robert, 9N7AA/S53R, has posted the following update on QRZ.com, December 30th, 2021:

The Ultra Beam / WIMO 2el Yagi (40-6m) is now installed on top of the new residence and it "sits" at around 23m, with a clear shot in all directions. It is currently fixed to EU and east coast USA, with an instant 180° switch, still waiting for the rotor to arrive.

Finally, some good news - knock on wood! - on my shipment from T6. It seems that 9 boxes with all kinds of radio gear will be leaving Kabul this week, and - knock on wood again! - the station and shack should be set up fully by mid-January.

Have also made some arrangements with my neighbors for 80/160 sloper installation. Hope to be able to activate low bands sometime in February, after returning from short holidays in S5.

For those constantly asking - 60m band is not permitted in Nepal.

QSL via S57DX, direct only, and of course, LoTW and ClubLog will be updated at least once a week. OQRS will also be enabled soon.

OPDX

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Fox Mike Hotel Portable Operations Challenge is now open source

Friday 7th January 2022

The Steering Committee determined that after two years of offering the POC (Portable Operations Challenge) with about 18 entrants each year that it could not continue to put the resources into it.

However, the Steering Committee continues to have faith in the concept and ideas embodied in the POC as a means to change amateur radio contesting for the betterment of all.

Any group is welcomed to take the approach, methods and rules and use them as-is or with changes as desired. The POC should be retained although the endorsing body might add their brand as was the case with using this website’s brand, Fox Mike Hotel.

The theory and operationalisation of the Portable Operations Challenge is detailed in the article by Frank K4FMH in the National Contesting Journal in the Sept/Oct issue, 2021. NCJ is free as a digital download to all ARRL members.

Good contacts and 73 to everyone who participated in the Fox Mike Hotel Portable Operations Challenge in 2020 and 2021!

Frank K4FMH

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Dick Fijlstra PA0DFN 2022 Carole Perry Educator of the Year

Friday 7th January 2022

ARRL reports the Orlando HamCation has announced that Dick Fijlstra, PA0DFN, is the 2022 recipient of the Carole Perry Educator of the Year Award  

The ARRL story says:

The award recognizes an outstanding contribution to education and advancing youth in amateur radio. It was first awarded in 2018 to its namesake, Carole Perry, WB2MGP, to recognize her work in teaching students about ham radio. Orlando HamCation and ARRL are sponsoring the 2022 ARRL National Convention, February 10 – 13.

Perry is a past Dayton Hamvention® Amateur of the Year and a recipient of the ARRL Instructor of the Year Award. She has moderated the Hamvention® Youth Forum for more than 3 decades.

Fijlstra is the first international winner of the Carole Perry Educator of the Year Award. A retired school principal, he has worked for years to reach out to youth with the latest technology to ham radio. At ham radio events, he helps groups of youngsters in building electronic projects, guiding groups of other hams to assist them to finish the projects correctly.

He also has organized international school projects, including the Communication Helps International Progress (CHIP) program, with participating schools throughout Europe.

Fijlstra is the Netherlands’ International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society VERON’s Region 1 Amateur Radio Direction Finding Committee (ARDF) Working Group member. It focuses on the European Youth ARDF Championships on transmitter hunting activities and competitions. Fijlstra also of very active in ARDF.

Source ARRL
http://www.arrl.org/news/dick-fijlstra-pa0dfn-is-2022-carole-perry-educator-of-the-year

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New Technician question pool released, effective July 1, 2022

Friday 7th January 2022

The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) Question Pool Committee (QPC) has released the 2022 - 2026 Technician Class FCC Element 2 NCVEC Question Pool Syllabus and Question Pool into the public domain.

It's available as a Word document or PDF. The three graphics required for the new Technician question pool are available within the documents, or separately as PDF or JPG files.

The new pool incorporates some significant changes compared to the 2018 - 2022 pool. Its 257 questions were modified slightly to improve wording or to replace distractors; 51 new questions were generated, and 62 questions were eliminated. This resulted in a reduction of 11 questions, bringing the total number of questions in the pool from 423 to 412. The difficulty level of the questions is now more balanced, and the techniques and practices addressed have been updated.

The new 2022 - 2026 question pool is effective July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2026, and must be used for Technician-class license exams administered on or after July 1, 2022

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CAMSAT XW-3 (CAS-9) is designated Hope-OSCAR-113 (HO-113)

Friday 7th January 2022

The ARRL report that at the request of the Chinese Amateur Satellite Group (CAMSAT), AMSAT Vice President of Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, has announced the designation of the new Chinese XW-3 (CAS-9) satellite as Hope-OSCAR-113 (HO-113).

Developed by CAMSAT, in cooperation with the Chinese government’s aerospace and education departments, XW-3 was launched on December 26 at 0311 UTC on a CZ-4C Y39 vehicle from China’s Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.

CAMSAT completed the design and manufacture of the amateur radio payload and manages the satellite’s in-orbit operation. Alan Kung, BA1DU, of CAMSAT announced the successful launch, and reports of telemetry and contacts soon followed. XW-3 has a linear transponder and a camera that can take photos of Earth.

The CW beacon frequency is 435.575 MHz at 22 WPM. GMSK telemetry is at 435.725 MHz. The amateur radio inverting V/U 100 mW linear transponder uplink is 145.870 MHz, and the downlink is 435.180 MHz. The transponder passband is 30 kHz.

Kung said, “A space camera carried on the satellite has undergone preliminary engineering tests, and the download function of compressed photos will be opened to amateur radio enthusiasts in the future.”

On January 3, CAMSAT announced the release of the XW-3 (CAS-9) Amateur Radio SatelliteUser’s Manual, version 1.1 2022-1-3. The latest version adds information on the satellite’s test mode telemetry data format. The satellite’s test mode is used for in-orbit engineering monitoring, diagnosis, and maintenance and is only used when the satellite passes over China.

Thanks to AMSAT News Service and Alan Kung, BA1DU

ARRL

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Homebrew Heroes to be managed by the Ham Radio Workbench podcast

Friday 7th January 2022

In a joint announcement, the ICQ Podcast team and the Ham Radio Workbench podcast team agreed to shift the ownership and management of the Homebrew Heroes Award (homebrewheroes.org) to the Ham Radio Workbench team.

“George Zafiropolis KJ6VU and Frank Howell K4FMH had discussed this over the past few months and Frank said that it makes better branding sense for the Workbench team to acquire and manage this award program. "Their episode-to-episode content clearly reflects the underlying principles of the Homebrew Heroes Award,”.

George Zafiropolis KJ6VU stated that “We are enthusiastic that our fellow podcasters thought of us to take on this terrific award program. Our team has admired both the concept and implementation over the past two years. We plan to maintain the Award into the future!”

Rod Hardmon VA3ON stated “I’m delighted to have a leadership role in this Award program on behalf of Ham Radio Workbench. It’s a perfect fit for what we are about.” Vince d’Eon VE6LK concurred with both George and Rod by saying, “It’s a great program that we hope to take to the next level over the years by promoting those who truly make heroic efforts to show the way to build stuff in amateur radio and related areas.”

The Homebrew Hero Award was the brainchild of Frank K4FMH during the 2019 Hamvention in Xenia, Ohio, USA.

Details on the Homebrew Heroes Award program going forwards can be found at hamradioworkbench.com.
The current slate of sponsors continues through the 2022 cycle of the Homebrew Heroes Award.

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A ham radio antenna that fits almost anywhere

Friday 7th January 2022

Al Williams WD5GNR writes on Hackaday about a video by Peter Waters G3OJV about a budget basic antenna for a small garden

Peter Waters G3OJV knows the pain of trying to operate a ham radio transmitter on a small lot. His recent video shows how to put up a workable basic HF antenna in a small backyard. The center of the system is a 49:1 unun. An unun is like a balun, but while a balun goes from balanced line to an unbalanced antenna, the unun has both sides unbalanced. You can see his explanation in the video below.

The tiny hand-size box costs well under $40 or $50 and covers the whole HF band at up to 200 W. The video shows the inside of the box which, as you’d expect, is a toroid with a few turns of wire.

The proposed antenna is an end-fed dipole fed with the unun. These are somewhat controversial with some people swearing they can’t work and others saying they are amazing. We are guessing they may not outperform a perfect antenna system, but we also know that you can have a lot of fun with almost any kind of radiator.

See the video and post on Hackaday at
https://hackaday.com/2022/01/06/ham-antenna-fits-almost-anywhere/

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WIA Australia Day Contest

Friday 7th January 2022

We are pleased to announce a new Contest on the calendar. The WIA Australia Day Contest on the 26th of January 2022.

This is a trial contest and has a few quirks.
The rules are derived from the RD so you can think of it as a Summer RD.

Alan VK4SN and I brainstormed the concept and presented it to the WIA board only last week. They were able to turn out the approval within days so positive was the feedback.

The nitty gritty - The Contest Rules are as per the RD BUT it starts midnight 25th January on the east coast and extends until midnight on the west coast. (Daylight Saving)

Dust of those fancy 2X1 Contest callsigns and be ready for a heap of different calls on the band - Remember any VK prefix call can take AX on Australia Day. We are also locking in Anzac Day April 25th for a repeat performance.

73 This has been Trent AX4T

WIA

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Vodafone is delaying the reintroduction of roaming charges in Europe by three weeks

Friday 7th January 2022

BBC News report that the phone network had planned to bring in post-Brexit roaming fees on 6 January, matching other networks that plan to do so in 2022.

But it said more time was needed for testing, and the change will now come in at the end of January.

EE has also delayed resuming its roaming charges, which were planned for January, until March.

Before the UK left the EU, users were able to use their calls, texts, and data allowance in their mobile plans in any EU country. But the EU trade deal of December 2020 gave mobile operators the option of reintroducing charges.

The Three network has also said it will bring in roaming charges between the UK and Europe, though their change is planned for May 2022.

That means that of the largest mobile networks, only O2 has not announced any plans for the reintroduction of roaming fees.

Read more at:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-59881892

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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 7th January 2022

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by HK4D, W2APF, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

GUINEA, 3X. Jean-Philippe, 3X2021 is QRV from Conakry. Activity is on the HF bands. He has been QRV on 20 meters using SSB around 2100z. QSL via Clublog.

BARBADOS, 8P. Chris, WA7RAR is QRV as 8P9CB from St. Phillip. Activity is in his spare time on 30 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Special event station DM60CSJ is QRV until July 31 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Club Station Jesewitz. QSL via bureau.

KYRGYZSTAN, EX. Andrea, HB9DUR is QRV as EX0DX as Bishkek until January 10. QSL to home call.

SWITZERLAND, HB. Members of USKA Schaffhausen are QRV with special event station HB50SH during 2022 to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary. QSL via LoTW.

COLOMBIA, HK. Special event station 5K6RM is QRV until January 10 during the annual Manizales Fair. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, and various digital modes. QSL via bureau.

THAILAND, HS. Look for E20AX/p to be QRV from Samet Island, IOTA AS-107, from January 8 to 10. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, and FT8 with two to three stations active simultaneously. They may try to be active on 80 meters. QSL via E21EIC.

NORWAY, LA. Special event station LA100B is QRV during 2022 to celebrate NRRL's Bergensgruppen 100th anniversary. QSL via LoTW only.

BRAZIL, PY. Look for ZY6A to be QRV from Friars Island, IOTA SA-023, from January 13 to 16. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via QRZ.com.

GREECE, SV. Special event call SX1CAF commemorates the first flight over Greece 110 years ago. QSL via eQSL only.

NORFOLK ISLAND, VK9N. Rob, VK2FBBB is QRV as VK2FBBB/VK9 until January 16. Activity is on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters using SSB, generally in the 0500 to 0900z time frame. QSL to home call.

MONTSERRAT, VP2M. Thaire, W2APF will be QRV as VP2MDX from January 9 to February 18. Activity will be holiday style on 80 to 6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

INDIA, VU. Members of the West Bengal Radio Club will be QRV with special call sign AU1GSI from Sagar Island, IOTA AS-153, from January 9 to 16 to draw attention to the annual holy dip ritual Ganga Sagar Mela 2022. Activity will be on 40, 20, and 15 meters. QSL via operators' instructions.

MEXICO, XE. In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the FMRE, look for a number of stations to be using the 4A90 prefix until the end of March 2022. QSL via operators' instructions.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO

The ARRL RTTY Roundup, CW QRS Xmas Activity, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed Test, PODXS 070 Club PSKFest, YB DX Contest, Old New Year Contest, SKCC Weekend Sprintathon, RSGB AFS CW Contest, EUCW 160-Meter CW Contest, NRAU-Baltic Contest and DARC 10-Meter Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The K1USN Slow Speed Test, 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint, OK1WC CW Memorial, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, RTTYOPS Weeksprint, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, Phone Fray, CWops Mini-CWT CW Test and VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest are all scheduled for January 10 to 12.

Please see January QST, page 76, and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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The ARRL Foundation grants an award for the ARISS *STAR* Keith Pugh Memoriam Project

Thursday 6th January 2022

ARISS-USA is known for engaging students in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) subjects by arranging live question-and-answer sessions via amateur radio (ham radio) between K-12 students and astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS).

In the last two decades, over 1,400 contacts have connected more than one million youth using amateur radio, with millions more watching and learning. ARISS is constantly pursuing educational opportunities that inspire student interest and outcomes.

ARISS-USA is pleased to announce that the ARRL Foundation awarded funding for the first year of a two-year project called the “ARISS *STAR* Keith Pugh Memoriam Project” with *STAR* being the acronym for Space Telerobotics using Amateur Radio. The ARRL Foundation very generously provided $47,533. The project honors the memory of highly-respected Keith Pugh, whose call sign was W5IU (Silent Key, May 2019). He was an expert supporter of ARISS for many years, a star ARISS Technical Mentor assisting schools with their ARISS contacts, finding educators who might be interested in learning about ARISS, and going to schools to lead youth in a variety of lessons about wireless radio technology.

ARISS *STAR* (short for ARISS *STAR* Keith Pugh Memoriam Project), is a brand-new education program that will enable US junior high and high school education groups to remotely control robots through digital APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System) commands using amateur radio. Year 1 focuses on systems development and initial validation of *ARISS* STAR, and Year 2 focuses on evaluation and final validation. Systems development and evaluation will be led by university staff and students who will undertake hands-on-wireless and telerobotics lesson development, learn about Amateur Radio, and support the development of the *STAR* engineering hardware and software. Next, youth teams will be selected to experiment and critique *STAR* telerobotics scenarios along closed courses and radio lessons. Some participating students will want to prepare for, and earn, their amateur radio licenses, using ham radio to learn and practice concepts in radio technology and radio communications.

Overarching goals for *STAR* are to improve and sustain ARISS STEAM educational outcomes with youth. Robotics is gaining popularity among youth and adults alike. Telerobotics adds a wireless accent to robotic control.  *STAR*, therefore, gives ARISS a new educational dimension to attract the attention of more education groups and their students and educators—outreach that promises to attract new audiences.

The ARRL Foundation was established in 1973 by ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio ®, and advances the art, science and societal benefits of the Amateur Radio Service by awarding financial grants and scholarships to individuals and organizations in support of their charitable, educational and scientific efforts. ARISS-USA Executive Director Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, praised the ARRL Foundation, saying, “ARISS team member, Keith Pugh, W5IU, poured his energy into inspiring, engaging and educating youth in space and in amateur radio endeavors.  What a better way to honor Keith than through the ARISS *STAR* initiative.  We thank the ARRL Foundation for their vision to move this initiative forward. Maybe someday one of our ARISS *STAR* students will use their telerobotics skills to control scientific rovers on the Moon or Mars!”

About ARISS:

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the ISS National Lab‐Space Station Explorers, and NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation program (NASA SCaN). The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics topics. ARISS does this by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities take part in hands‐on learning activities tied to space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss-usa.org, www.ariss.org.

Media Contact:
Rita M. DeHart, PE KC4RMS
ARISS-USA Director of Public Engagement  

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

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Physics professor awarded NSF grant for workshop

Thursday 6th January 2022

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a grant of nearly $50,000 to Nathaniel Frissell, Ph.D., assistant professor physics and electrical engineering at The University of Scranton.

The grant will support “The Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) 2022 Workshop,” which will take place March 18 and 19 at The U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The conference, which will take place in-person, also has a virtual format option.

The Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) is a collective of professional researchers and licensed amateur radio operators (a.k.a. hams) with the objective to foster collaborations between the amateur and professional communities for the purposes of advancing scientific research and understanding, encouraging the development of new technologies to support this research, and to provide educational opportunities for the amateur radio community and the general public.

The workshop will serve as a team meeting for the HamSCI Personal Space Weather Station project, which is a $1.3 million NSF funded project previously awarded to Dr. Frissell. The project seeks to harness the power of a network of licensed amateur radio operators to better understand and measure the effects of weather in the upper levels of Earth’s atmosphere.

The theme for the two-day HamSCI workshop is “The Weather Connection.” The fifth annual workshop will feature prominent leaders in space weather, atmospheric weather and the connection between them.

Read more at:
https://news.scranton.edu/articles/2022/01/news-faculty-frissell-nsf-hamsci-2022.shtml

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W1AW 2022 winter operating schedule

Thursday 6th January 2022

Morning Schedule:

Time Mode Days
------------------- ---- ---------
1400 UTC (9 AM EST) CWs Wed, Fri
1400 UTC (9 AM EST) CWf Tue, Thu

Daily Visitor Operating Hours:

1500 UTC to 2045 UTC - (10 AM to 3:45 PM EST)

Afternoon/Evening Schedule:

2100 UTC (4 PM EST) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri
2100 " " CWs Tue, Thu
2200 " (5 PM EST) CWb Daily
2300 " (6 PM EST) DIGITAL Daily
0000 " (7 PM EST) CWs Mon, Wed, Fri
0000 " " CWf Tue, Thu
0100 " (8 PM EST) CWb Daily
0200 " (9 PM EST) DIGITAL Daily
0245 " (9:45 PM EST) VOICE Daily
0300 " (10 PM EST) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri
0300 " " CWs Tue, Thu
0400 " (11 PM EST) CWb Daily


Frequencies (MHz)
-----------------
CW: 1.8025 3.5815 7.0475 14.0475 18.0975 21.0675 28.0675 50.350 147.555
DIGITAL: - 3.5975 7.095 14.095 18.1025 21.095 28.095 50.350 147.555
VOICE: 1.855 3.990 7.290 14.290 18.160 21.390 28.590 50.350 147.555

Notes:

CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM
CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM
CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM

CW frequencies include code practices, Qualifying Runs and CW bulletins.

DIGITAL = BAUDOT (45.45 baud), BPSK31 and MFSK16 in a revolving schedule.

Code practice texts are from QST, and the source of each practice is given at the beginning of each practice and at the beginning of alternate speeds.

On Tuesdays and Fridays at 2330 UTC (6:30 PM EST), Keplerian Elements for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular digital frequencies.

A DX bulletin replaces or is added to the regular bulletins between 0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Thursdays and 0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Fridays.

Audio from W1AW's CW code practices, CW/digital bulletins and phone bulletin is available using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server named "W1AWBDCT." The monthly W1AW Qualifying Runs are presented here as well. The audio is sent in real-time and runs concurrently with W1AW's regular transmission schedule.

All users who connect to the conference server are muted. Please note that any questions or comments about this server should not be sent via the "Text" window in EchoLink. Please direct any questions or comments to w1aw@arrl.org .

In a communications emergency, monitor W1AW for special bulletins as follows: Voice on the hour, Digital at 15 minutes past the hour, and CW on the half hour.

All licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1500 UTC to 2045 UTC (10 AM to 3:45 PM EST). Be sure to bring a reference copy of your current FCC amateur radio license.

The weekly W1AW and monthly West Coast Qualifying Runs are sent on the normal CW frequencies used for both code practice and bulletin transmissions. West Coast Qualifying Run stations may also use 3590 kHz.

The W1AW Operating Schedule may also be found on page 86 in the January 2022 issue of QST or on the web at, http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-operating-schedule

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Icelandic radio ham made over 25,000 contacts in 2021

Thursday 6th January 2022

Brynjólfur Jónsson TF5B  made 25,237 contacts during 2021, he used the popular WSJT digital mode FT8

A translation of the post by the IRA reads:

Brynjólfur Jónsson, TF5B had a total of 25,237 QSOs in the year 2021. The contacts were based on FT8 protocols under MFSK formulation. These are slightly fewer contacts than the year before (2020) when he broke the 30,000 contact barrier.

Number of DXCC units: 154.
Number of CQ areas: 39 (area 36 missing).
87.5% of contacts were made at 17, 20, 30 and 40 meters.

Division of contacts by continent:

EU: 75.1%
NA: 12.6%
AS: 10.0%
OC: 1.1%
SA: 0.8%
AF: 0.4%

Congratulations to Billi with a great DX result last year.

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

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EZNEC antenna software now free

Thursday 6th January 2022

The EZNEC antenna modelling software by Roy Lewallen W7EL is now available for free download

The software is available from https://eznec.com/

In 2021 Roy W7EL gave a presentation about EZNEC to the G-QRP club Virtual Convention.

Watch Roy, W7EL, explains antenna modelling using EZNEC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNPghbiJFbU

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Ofcom: Radio regulation enforcement

Thursday 6th January 2022

Since Ofcom was created in December 2003 there seems to have been a decrease in the amount of enforcement action for breaches of the radio spectrum regulations

Page 12 of the October 1985 edition of the UK's Ham Radio Today magazine shows the high level of prosecutions that used to take place when communications regulation was carried out by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

In 1984 there were 1281 convictions relating to the illegal use of Wireless Telegraphy equipment and just the first three months of 1985 showed 242 convictions, see
https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-DX/Ham-Radio-Today/80s/HRT-1985-10.pdf

In 2010 Ofcom stopped the annual publication of their Prosecution/Formal Warning Statistics and removed the historic prosecution statistics from their website. This action made it harder to determine if Ofcom were still carrying out any radio spectrum enforcement action.

You can still see some of the historic prosecution figures in the Internet Archive at
https://web.archive.org/web/20100608131503/http://www.ofcom.org.uk/radiocomms/ifi/enforcement/pstats/

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Thursday 6th January 2022

Island activities:
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON

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

NA-103; VP2M, Montserrat:
Watch out for Thaire/W2APF operating as VP2MDX between Jan. 9 and 18 on 80-10m (CW, SSB). QSL via W2APF, LoTW.

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

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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Radio Amateurs of Canada announces new President

Wednesday 5th January 2022

New Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) President, Phil A. McBride, VA3QR/VA3KPJ, took office on January 1. He was elected by the RAC Board of Directors. McBride succeeds Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, who served the maximum three consecutive 2-year terms in the top post.

McBride is the former RAC Ontario South Director.

Former Ontario North and East Director Allan Boyd, VE3AJB, is the new Vice President, and former Member Services Officer and previous Atlantic Director Dave Goodwin, VE3KG, is the new Regulatory Affairs Officer. They succeed Doug Mercer, VO1DM, and Richard Ferch, VE3KI, who served as Vice President and Regulatory Affairs Officer, respectively. 

Source: ARRL
http://www.arrl.org/news/radio-amateurs-of-canada-announces-new-president

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Mongolia operation

Wednesday 5th January 2022

Mats, SM6LRR/RM2D, will be active as JT4RR from Mongolia sometime in March-April and in July-August.

He mentions, "I am planning a few days of activity as JT4RR/P from the South Gobi Desert. It will not be a regular DXpedition, but rather a bit of extreme portable operation, using Lab599 TX-500 Heavy Duty QRP-Transceiver with 5-10 watts (99% CW) and a vertical antenna with three elevated resonant radials on a DX Wire Mini fiberglass pole.

"Possibly, I will be able to use a 50W amplifier provided that I will find a suitable battery power source. Activity will be every 14 days on my days off from my work at the Oyu Tolgoi Copper & Gold Mine.

"After a month, it could be activity once per week. Most likely days of operations will be Sundays, but these second month on each Roster swing, Thursdays may be alternative days. I will be 10 weeks on site and 5 weeks home in Russia as it looks now. Normal Rosters are 4/2 weeks, but COVID changes that a bit to longer Rosters."

QSL Manager will be Pedro, EA5GL. LoTW will also be used.

OPDX

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Belgian special event

Wednesday 5th January 2022

The Belgian IARU society UBA is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2022.

To celebrate this event, 64 different special event stations will be active from January 1st through February 28th, 2022. Each special event station will be using the prefix ON75 followed by a three letter suffix.

The stations participating in the event are:
ON75AAA, ON75ACC, ON75ALT, ON75ARA, ON75AST, ON75ATH, ON75ATO, ON75BDX, ON75BTS, ON75BXE, ON75CDZ, ON75CLR, ON75CRD, ON75DST, ON75EKO, ON75GBN, ON75GBX, ON75GDV, ON75GNT, ON75GTM, ON75HCC, ON75IPR, ON75KSD, ON75KTK, ON75LGE, ON75LIR, ON75LLV, ON75LUS, ON75LVN, ON75MCL, ON75MLB, ON75MWV, ON75NBT, ON75NNV, ON75NOK, ON75NOL, ON75ODE, ON75ONZ, ON75ORA, ON75OSA, ON75OSB, ON75OST, ON75PHI, ON75RAF, ON75RAM, ON75RAT, ON75RCA, ON75RCN, ON75REM, ON75RST, ON75RSX, ON75SNW, ON75TLS, ON75TRA, ON75TRC, ON75TWS, ON75WLD, ON75WRA, ON75WRC, ON75WTO and ON75ZTM.

Also mentioned are: ON75DIG = UBA Award Friends DIG station ON75UBA = National UBA station ON75YLC = Club Station YL UBA

Awards for working both a specific number of different ON75 stations and/or working ON75 stations in various band/mode slots are available via this link: (link will be published at the start of the event).

Paper QSL cards will only be sent exclusively using OQRS (Online QSL request) via Clublog, either via Bureau or direct. For more details and updates, see:
https://www.qrz.com/db/ON75LGE
https://www.qrz.com/db/ON75RAT

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Raivavae Island DXpedition

Wednesday 5th January 2022

A team of seven experienced DXpedition / contest operators will activate Raivavae (Austral Islands) OC-114, French Polynesia as TX5N from April 16th to April 28th, 2022.

Team members are: Rob/N7QT, Walt/N6XG, Heye/DJ9RR, Gene/K5GS, Steve/W1SRD, Melanie/N7BX and Doris/K0BEE.

Current plans call for Elecraft K3 / amplifier equipped stations. Beach mounted verticals and one hexbeam round out the antenna plan.

They will operate 10 - 160m, CW, SSB and Digital. The QSL manager will be Tim M0URX.

The team will meet in Papeete, Tahiti, on April 12th and fly to Raivavaeon April 15th. As with all international travel, Covid restrictions may require us to reschedule or cancel.

This self-funded project welcomes your donations through the website. Donations will be used to off-set the equipment shipping expenses.
Website: https://tx5n.net
Please direct questions to: support@tx5n.net

73, Team TX5N
Happy New Year
GS K5GS

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Ham Radio on the Moon

Wednesday 5th January 2022

Japan's OMOTENASHI, the world's smallest moon lander, will have an X-band and UHF communication system, although it will not carry an amateur band transponder.

OMOTENASHI is a 6 Unit sized CubeSat set for launch via a NASA SLS rocket as early as February 2022. It will have a mission period of 4 to 5 days. The name is an acronym for Outstanding Moon Exploration Technologies demonstrated by Nano Semi-Hard Impactor. Wataru Torii of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Ham Radio Club, JQ1ZVI, said radio amateurs can play a role in gathering data from the spacecraft.

The spacecraft is made up of two separable components, both having independent communication systems, an orbiting module and a surface probe. The orbiting module will take the surface probe to the moon. It will transmit beacon or digital telemetry data on 437.31 MHz. The moon lander surface probe will transmit digital telemetry or three-axis acceleration analog-wave with FM modulation on 437.41 MHz. Transmitter power is 1 Watt, enough to be picked up with a high gain yagi.

According to Torii, JQ1ZVI, if they succeed in receiving the UHF signal from the surface probe, one could know the acceleration data of the impact on the moon and the success of the landing sequence. They already have a station for the uplink and downlink at Wakayama in Japan, normally used as an EME station. However, when the moon and satellite is not visible from Japan, help with the reception of the downlink signal will be needed from ham radio stations worldwide.

The orbiting module beacon will transmit on 437.31 MHz using PSK31. The surface probe beacon will transmit on 22.41 MHz using FM, PSK31, and PCM-PSK.

IRTS

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Comreg negotiations

Wednesday 5th January 2022

On September 10th 2021 ComReg published in document 21/90 inviting comments on their proposed strategy for managing the spectrum in the years 2022 to 2024. The Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS) and a number of clubs as well as individual amateur licensees submitted comments. ComReg published an assessment of these comments on December 17th 2021 in document 21/136a. Highlights of the document are as follows.

Novice/Entry level licence

Probably the biggest news is ComReg’s change of position on the issue of Novice or entry level licences. They say that taking into account the support expressed for entry-level or novice-licensing and the strong justifications given in the submissions, ComReg will seek, in the timeline of this strategy statement and subject to resources, to put in place a framework for novice licensing in Ireland.

Power increase

Submissions were made for an increase in power levels for all amateurs.
ComReg say that they will consider further the matter of a general increase in permissible power for all licensees and/or individual authorisations for licensees wishing to operate at higher powers. Included in these considerations will be the matters related to compliance with non ionising radiation, spurious emissions and measurement of power.

5MHz

The IRTS proposes to transfer five specific frequencies between 5280 kHz and 5405 kHz from A1.4 of the guidelines (use requires additional authorisation) to A1.3 of the guidelines (available for general use). The IRTS contends that this would provide more flexibility for amateurs operating on a secondary basis to avoid interfering with primary services. ComReg agrees with this proposal and will adjust the guidelines to make these five spot frequencies available to all licensees.

Other issues raised by IRTS included the amateur services’s status in CEPT, self regulation, representation on the Spectrum Intelligence and Investigation Operators Forum, WARC 79 GHz microwave allocations, the 50 to 54MHz bands, Quiet Zones and WRC-23.

Use the following link to the IRTS website for a more detailed report. www.irts.ie/comreg21136

IRTS welcomes the positive views and new assessments in the ComReg document and will engage with ComReg and members to work on these plans.

IRTS

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Propagation Forecast Report

Wednesday 5th January 2022

(January 3-9th).......
Jan/03rd AN Jan/06th AN Jan/08th AN
Jan/04th AN Jan/07th AN Jan/09th AN
Jan/05th AN
Solar Reference Keys / Indexes and Geomagnetic Reference

NORMALITY

GEOMAG

K Values

Alpha

AN - Above Normal

Quiet

K=0-1

0-7

HN - High Normal

Unsettled

K=2

8-15

LN - Low Normal

Active

K=3

16-29

BN - Below Normal

Minor Storm

K=4

30-49

DIS - Disturbed

Major Storm

K=5

50-99

VRY DIS - Very Disturbed

Severe Storm

K=6-9

100-400

Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites for propagation:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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First ever Svalbard QO-100 DXpedition JW100QO

Tuesday 4th January 2022

A DXpedition to Svalbard (78° North) is planned for April 19-26 with the callsign JW0X. In addition to the five HF stations (FT8/FT4/RTTY/SSB/CW) the team will activate the first QO-100 satellite DX Station callsign JW100QO April 22-24

Making the first ever QO-100 calls from Svalbard is the biggest challenge of this DXpedition. ON4CKM Cedric, ON4DCU Patrick and ON5UR Max will make a rugged snowmobile ride of almost 100 km in temperatures of -20° – 25° Celsius to reach their goal. Kapp Linné is the only place in the area that allows a view of the QO-100 satellite at only 3° above the horizon. Svalbard also lies on the edge of the satellite area (footprint), which makes the challenge even greater. We want to give as many radio amateurs as possible the opportunity to work this first QO-100 DXpedition. For this unique challenge we also have a special callsign JW100QO.

Further info at:

Svalbard QO-100 JW100QO April 22-24
https://www.dx-adventure.com/en/qo-100-our-goal/

Svalbard JW0X April 19-26
https://www.dx-adventure.com/en/svalbard-dx-pedition/

QO-100 geostationary amateur satellite transponder provides coverage from Brazil to Thailand, see
https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/geo/eshail-2/

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EU-DX Contest

Tuesday 4th January 2022

Dear Fellow Radio Amateurs from all over the world -- The European DX Contest Club has the honor to invite you to participate in the second edition of the EU-DX Contest. The contest has gained popularity since its first edition - 1645 logs received in 2021!

This year in addition to the confirmation of WIMo, we have as sponsors, also Mastrant and the prestigious Funkamateur magazine!

The objective is to establish as many contacts as possible between radio amateurs around the world and radio amateurs in the European Union countries.

We invite all of you to take part in EU DX CONTEST from 18.:00 UTC on 5th February till 18:00 UTC on 6th February, 2022. Do not miss this event! See you in the contest on Feb, 5 at 18.00 UTC.

For more info please visit EUDX Contest Rules:
https://eudxcc.altervista.org/eu-dx-contest

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Top US phone firms agree delay of 5G rollout

Tuesday 4th January 2022

BBC News reports that two of the biggest US phone firms have agreed a government request to delay the rollout of 5G services this week.

The US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made the request over concerns about aviation safety.

Plane makers have warned that C-Band spectrum 5G wireless signals may interfere with sensitive aircraft electronics and could disrupt flights.

AT&T and Verizon initially rejected the delay request, before reversing.

Chief executives had pushed back against a second delay request on Sunday, having already put plans on hold since late last year.

They had also offered to mitigate service around US airports for six months as a temporary safeguard, along a similar approach adopted in France.

You can read more of this article at:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59856063

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Irish 20m Net

Tuesday 4th January 2022

Robbie, Ei2IP sends in a reminder for 2022 to call into the Irish Net.

A number of North American stations with an Irish connection would be delighted hear news and banter from Ireland.

Tune in to 14.156Mhz for the daily 20m net, activity usually starts around 5 PM local Irish time.

IRTS

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More 5 MHz frequencies for all EI radio amateurs

Tuesday 4th January 2022

ComReg is the National Regulatory Authority for telecommunications in Ireland.

Within this remit ComReg also manages Ireland’s radio spectrum and numbering resource and consults on past and proposed spectrum strategies. On 10 September 2021 ComReg published in document 21/90 their proposed strategy for managing the spectrum in the years 2022 to 2024. IRTS and a number of clubs as well as individual amateur licensees submitted comments. ComReg published an assessment of these comments on 17 December 2021 in document 21/136a (Section 4.74, p.55).

One of the IRTS proposals in response to this document concerned available frequencies at 5 MHz/ 60 m for Irish Amateurs. IRTS requested the transfer of 5.280 MHz, 5.300 MHz, 5.332 MHz, 5.348 MHz, 5.400 MHz and 5.405 MHz from A1.4 to A1.3 of the Amateur Station Licence Guidelines 09/45 with the current operating conditions. This would provide more flexibility to avoid primary services operating in the band 5 351.5 – 5 366.5 kHz.

ComReg agreed to this proposal and will adjust the Guidelines accordingly.

This is in addition to the WRC-15 Amateur Secondary Allocation of 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz.

Previously the channels above were available only on a special additional licence at a fee of 30 Euros per year.

73 and A Happy New Year
Paul Gaskell G4MWO
Editor,
The 5 MHz Newsletter and you can find the latest edition freely available at any time

and the Newsletter Archive is at this link

plus G4MWO’s Worldwide 5 MHz Amateur Allocations Chart

Wikipedia 60 Meter Band Page

 

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Inferior conjunction of Venus

Tuesday 4th January 2022

Later this week, Venus will pass almost directly between Earth and the sun--an event astronomers call 'inferior conjunction.'

Venus is now turning its night side toward us, transforming the planet into an incredibly thin crescent. You can observe it using binoculars or a small telescope, but be careful because Venus is getting close to the blinding sun.

Observing tips @  Spaceweather.com

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Spain: New National Frequency Table published

Monday 3rd January 2022

Spain's Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation has published a new National Frequency Table in the Official Government Bulletin dated December 24

The amateur radio national society URE reports:

In the BOE of December 24, 2021, Order ETD/1449/2021, of December 16, has been published, approving the National Table of Frequency Allocation.

Download the Journal with the frequency table
https://www.ure.es/download/cnaf-cuadro-nacional-de-atribucion-de-frecuencias/?wpdmdl=753767&masterkey=5b22491244f76

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

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Ham Radio Science Citizen Online Workshop

Monday 3rd January 2022

Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW and Jim Bacon G3YLA are among the speakers at HamSCI Workshop 2022: The Weather Connection. Virtual participation is free of charge

Come join HamSCI at its fifth annual workshop March 18-19, 2022 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The HamSCI workshop is a hybrid in-person and virtual event that aims to bring together the amateur radio community and professional scientists.

The 2022 HamSCI workshop is organized by The University of Scranton in collaboration with The University of Alabama and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Support is provided by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Tamitha Skov WX6SWW, a pioneer in the field of "Broadcast Space Weather”, will focus on the ionospheric impacts of space weather.

Jim Bacon G3YLA, a recent recipient of the Radio Society of Great Britain Les Barclay Memorial Award to recognize those who have made excellent contributions to propagation research and understanding, will focus on the influences of Terrestrial Weather on radio propagation.

Further details of the event at
https://hamsci.org/hamsci2022

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SpaceX’s first launch of 2022 will deploy more Starlink internet satellites

Monday 3rd January 2022

Spaceflight Now report that SpaceX plans to kick off its 2022 launch schedule with a Falcon 9 rocket flight Thursday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center with the company’s next group of Starlink internet satellites.

In a change from previous Starlink missions, the Falcon 9 rocket will fly southeast from the coast of Florida on a course just north of the Bahamas to place the new batch of internet satellites into low Earth orbit a few hundred miles above Earth.

The mission, designated Starlink 4-5, is expected to target an orbital plane with a tilt of 53.2 degrees to the equator, one of five orbital “shells” at different inclination angles that SpaceX plans to fill with around 4,400 satellites to provide high-speed, low-latency broadband connectivity around the world.

SpaceX’s previous launches carrying Starlink satellites to a similar orbit have flown northeast from Florida’s Space Coast. Launches to the southeast must fly around the Bahamas to avoid the risk of dropping debris on populated islands.

Maritime warning notices suggest the mission scheduled for Thursday will do just that, tracking over the Atlantic Ocean north of the Abaco Islands, before making a slight right turn to head farther downrange.

SpaceX plans to land the Falcon 9’s first stage booster on the drone ship “A Shortfall of Gravitas” positioned in the Atlantic. The landing platform departed Port Canaveral Saturday to head for the recovery zone.

The launch Thursday is targeted for 4:49 p.m. EST (2149 GMT), with a backup time available at 6:47 p.m. EST (2347 GMT).

Meanwhile, crews at nearby Cape Canaveral Space Force Station are preparing another Falcon 9 rocket for liftoff no earlier than Jan. 13 with dozens of small satellites from U.S. and international customers. That mission, known as Transporter 3, is SpaceX’s third dedicated rideshare launch hauling smallsats into a sun-synchronous orbit.

Liftoff time Jan. 13 is set for 10:25 a.m. EST (1525 GMT), and SpaceX is expected to land the first stage on an onshore pad at Cape Canaveral.

Read the full Spaceflight Now article at:
https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/01/02/spacexs-first-launch-of-2022-will-deploy-more-starlink-internet-satellites/

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Disruption of air traffic due to FM broadcast transmitter

Monday 3rd January 2022

Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) reports that the radio traffic of aircraft landing at Schiphol has been regularly disrupted in recent weeks

A translation of the Dutch national amateur radio society VERON post reads:

Music from the FM broadcast band caused the interference. This disturbance was on the frequency that Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) uses to give instructions to approaching air traffic. After the deployment of the Telecom Agency (AT), a broadcaster in Gelderland was taken off the air at the end of last week.

It concerned a license holder who was allowed to broadcast via FM, but did not adhere to the rules. After the transmitter was shut down, there was no more disruption on the aviation band.

Although this incorrect FM use did not create an acutely dangerous situation, a disruption of radio connections in aviation is a direct risk. This is because failure ensures that there is no contact between the air traffic controllers and the pilots. Air traffic controllers guide aircraft by means of course, speed and altitude instructions. The air traffic controller uses radiotelephony for this. If the frequency is disrupted, this can cause pilots to not hear the instructions from the air traffic controller properly. In the worst case, this could lead to planes approaching each other too close in the busy airspace around Schiphol because a pilot receives an instruction too late.

For safety reasons there should be no doubt that the device has received the instruction. That is why the pilot must always completely repeat the instruction himself to the air traffic controller. LVNL may switch to an emergency frequency in the event of disruption, although this is not preferred because fewer alternatives remain in real emergency situations. Every year there are many reports from pilots about disruption by music that interferes with the aviation band, often from air pirates. In view of the importance of safety, LVNL immediately reports this to the authorities. This year there were 10 reports.


Source: Luchtverkeersleiding Nederland (LVNL) via VERON
https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Netherlands

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2021 DX Sound Bites

Monday 3rd January 2022

Tom, K8CX, has done it again  !

He has provided DXers with 314 memorable rare DX sound clips (now in MP3 format) from Ohio during 2021. This brings the total number of MP3 sound clips on Hamgallery to 3,211.

Visit Tom's famous "HAM GALLERY" Web site at: http://hamgallery.com/dx2021

While there, also check out some of the other features on his Web page, such as: 24 years of "Rare DX Sound Clips" of the past (as well as some clips from the 1960's and 1970's which includes all the major DXpeditions and rare DX heard on the bands), QSL Card Museum, Dayton Photo Galleries and Tribute to Silent Key Ham Operators.

Tom states, "If anyone has any old HF recordings, I would be interested in hearing from them." (especially sound clips pre-1998 to add to the site). His e-mail address is: k8cx@hamgallery.com

OPDX

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Mexican special event

Monday 3rd January 2022

Members of the Federacion Mexicana de Radio Experimentadores (FMRE) [Mexican Society] are celebrating their 90th anniversary during January, February and March 2022 promoting each of the 31 States and Mexico City with the following 32 different special event callsigns and 4A90FMRE:

January 1-15th: 4A90COL, 4A90CMX, 4A90EMX, 4A90GTO, 4A90HGO, 4A90JAL and 4A90MIC
January 16-30th: 4A90MOR, 4A90NAY, 4A90PUE, 4A90QRO, 4A90TLX and 4A90VER
January 31st-February 14th: 4A90AGS, 4A90BAC, 4A90BCS, 4A90COA, 4A90CHH and 4A90DGO
February 15th-March 1st: 4A90NLE, 4A90SLP, 4A90SIN, 4A90SON, 4A90TAM and 4A90ZAC
March 2-16th: 4A90CAM, 4A90CHI, 4A90GRO, 4A90OAX, 4A90QUI, 4A90TAB and 4A90YUC

Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8/FT4 and the satellites. Awards are available (see QRZ.com for details).

For more details on the event, see: http://fmre90.puebladx.org

OPDX

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DXCC Most Wanted

Monday 3rd January 2022

The 'DXCC Most Wanted' entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of December 25th. The list contains 340 entities.

The following are the top 26 entities:

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

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

OPDX

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 3rd January 2022

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 26th December, through Sunday, 2nd January there were 210 countries active.

Countries available:

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

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

K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TY, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZL7, ZP, ZS

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

OPDX

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 3rd January 2022

Island activities:

The following are IOTA operations that were active this past week between December 27th-January 1st (as per the DXCluster):

IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
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AF-004 EA8DHV CANARY 12m; FT8
AF-004 EA8TL CANARY 15m; FT8
AF-004 EA8VD CANARY 12m; SSB
AF-005 D44PM LEEWARD 15m; SSB
AF-013 5R8AL MADAGASCAR 15m; CW
AF-014 CQ3IQ MADEIRA 17/15m; SSB
AF-014 CQ3MD MADEIRA 30m; FT8
AF-017 3B9FR RODRIGUES 20/12m; CW
AF-018 IH9YMC PANTELLERIA 15m; CW
AF-022 ZD7BG ST HELENA 10m; CW
AF-022 ZD7FT ST HELENA 12m; SSB
AF-049 3B8BAL MAURITIUS 15m; CW
AF-049 3B8CW MAURITIUS 20m; SSB
AN-016 RI60ANT ANTARCTICA 40m; CW
AS-004 5B4VL Cyprus 17m; SSB
AS-006 VR2ZQZ HONG KONG 12m; CW
AS-007 JH1GEX HONSHU 15m; SSB
AS-007 JH7MQD HONSHU 40m; SSB
AS-007 JM7OLW HONSHU 40m; CW
AS-007 JR7TKG HONSHU 17m; SSB
AS-031 JD1BMH CHICHI/HAHA/MUKO 20/15/10m; CW/SSB
AS-032 JI3DST/6 OSUMI 20m; CW
AS-078 JA8COE Hokkaido 17m; SSB
AS-206 JR7AMZ HONSHU'S COASTAL EAST 40m; FT8
EU-001 SV5BYR DODECANESE 20m; CW
EU-002 OH0Z Aland 40m; FT8
EU-004 EA6KB BALEARIC 20m; SSB
EU-004 EC6PG BALEARIC 40m; CW
EU-005 2E0HPI/P GREAT BRITAIN 40m; PSK
EU-005 2E0KJP GREAT BRITAIN 80m; SSB
EU-005 G0DJQ GREAT BRITAIN 40m; SSB
EU-005 G0HWK GREAT BRITAIN 17m; SSB
EU-005 G0OOD GREAT BRITAIN 40m; CW
EU-005 G1KDU GREAT BRITAIN 40m; SSB
EU-005 G6VMR GREAT BRITAIN 17m; FT8
EU-005 GM4ATA GREAT BRITAIN 40m; CW
EU-005 GW4OKT GREAT BRITAIN 20m; CW
EU-005 M0IYE GREAT BRITAIN 20m; SSB
EU-005 M0MJA/P GREAT BRITAIN 40/20m; SSB
EU-005 M0PAI/P GREAT BRITAIN 20m; SSB
EU-005 M0XXT GREAT BRITAIN 40m; SSB
EU-010 MM6OEC Lewis 20m; SSB
EU-014 TK60CNES CORSICA 30/15m; CW/FT8
EU-015 SV9IOI Crete 17m; SSB
EU-015 SV9RKU Crete 17m; SSB
EU-016 9A4W DALMATIA SOUTH 15m; CW
EU-018 OY1CT FAROE 160/15m; CW
EU-020 SM1ALH GOTLAND COUNTY 17m; SSB
EU-021 TF3VS ICELAND 15m; FT8
EU-021 TF3XO ICELAND 20m; SSB
EU-023 9H1TT MALTA 15m; SSB
EU-023 9H5BZ MALTA 40m; SSB
EU-023 9H5JO MALTA 40m; SSB
EU-024 IM0FMP SARDINIA 15m; SSB
EU-024 IS0AGY SARDINIA 20m; SSB
EU-024 IS0BSR SARDINIA 10m; SSB
EU-024 IS0ZOD SARDINIA 40m; CW
EU-025 IT9PQJ SICILY 20m; SSB
EU-025 IT9RZR SICILY 15m; FT8
EU-025 IW9HRZ SICILY 17m; SSB
EU-029 OV1CDX SJAELLAND 17m; SSB
EU-031 IC8/UR8QX CAMPANIA REGION 15m; FT8
EU-031 IC8HRG CAMPANIA REGION 20m; SSB
EU-043 SM6DAS GOTEBORG OCH BOHUS/HALLAND COUNTY 20m; FT4
EU-046 LA2HGA TROMS COUNTY 20m; SSB
EU-054 IF9ZWA FAVIGNANA 160/30m; FT8
EU-067 SY8CDV KYKLADES 15m; CW
EU-115 EI0YOTA IRELAND 17m; SSB
EU-115 EI2IP IRELAND 15/10m; SSB/FT8
EU-115 EI6FR/P IRELAND 40m; CW
EU-115 EI8IU IRELAND 15m; FT8
EU-115 MI0ADX IRELAND 17m; SSB
EU-115 MI0TLG IRELAND 17m; SSB
EU-115 MI6OLJ IRELAND 20m; SSB
EU-116 GD0OUD ISLE OF MAN 20m; CW
EU-116 GD3ZZN ISLE OF MAN 40m; SSB
EU-131 IK3PQH/P VENETO REGION 40/20m; FT8
EU-143 EA7KOK CADIZ/HUELVA PROVINCE 40m; SSB
EU-170 IZ0MQN/P DALMATIA NORTH 20m; SSB
EU-171 P1KZX JYLLAND NORTH 15m; FT8
EU-175 CU6AD CENTRAL 10m;FT8
NA-005 VP9IN BERMUDA 20m; SSB
NA-015 CM8DFC CUBA 80m; FT8
NA-015 CO6XX CUBA 17m; FT8
NA-018 OX3XR GREENLAND 17m; CW
NA-021 8P4JP BARBADOS 40m; FT8
NA-021 8P6ET BARBADOS 30m; FT8
NA-022 VP2ETE ANGUILLA 10m; SSB
NA-024 J35X GRENADA 10m; FT8
NA-027 VO1CH NEWFOUNDLAND 20/17/10m; SSB/FT8
NA-036 VE7VAU BRITISH COLUMBIA PROVINCE (VANCOUVER) 10m; FT8
NA-052 N1UL FLA STATE SW (COLLIER/MONROE COUNTY) 15/10m; FT8
NA-099 KP4JRS PUERTO RICO 40m; CW
NA-099 KP4PUA PUERTO RICO 20/10m; SSB
NA-099 NP4LA PUERTO RICO 15m; FT8
NA-101 J72IMS DOMINICA 40m; SSB
NA-102 FG5BZ GUADELOUPE 17m; FT8
NA-104 V44RR ST KITTS AND NEVIS 60m;
NA-107 FM1HN MARTINIQUE 40m; SSB
OC-001 VK4CQ Australia 10m; FT8
OC-001 VK4KEE Australia 10m; FT8
OC-001 VK5ASK Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK6IR Australia 20/10m; SSB/FT8
OC-001 VK6SJ Australia 20m; SSB
OC-005 VK9DX NORFOLK 40/15m; CW/FT4
OC-021 YB0ECT JAVA 20m; CW
OC-021 YC1EAO JAVA 20m; SSB
OC-032 TX60CNES NEW CALEDONIA 20m; CW/SSB
SA-011 9Z4FE TRINIDAD 17m; SSB
SA-011 9Z4RG TRINIDAD 17m; FT4
SA-011 9Z4Y TRINIDAD 40m; SSB
SA-012 YV7DX NUEVA ESPARTA STATE 15m; FT8
SA-058 YV5NCE CARABOBO/ARAGUA/DF/MIRANDA STATE 10m; SSB
SA-099 PJ2ND CURACAO 30/17m; CW

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

AS-153. Members of the West Bengal Radio Club (VU2WB) will be active with the special callsign AU2GSI from Sagar Island, India, between January 9-16th. Activity will take place during their Ganga Sagar Mela 2022. Operations will be on 40/20/15 meters. QSL via VU2JFA or eQSL.

NA-037. Fred, KB4DMQ, is once agin active as KL7FBI from Shemya Island until January 24th. Activity has been daily on 40 meters using FT8 usually between 0500-0700z. QSL via KB4DMQ.

NA-088. Operators Julio/HP1EJC, Jose/HP1JGG, Roberto/HP1MRA, Pablo/HP1PAR and Anel/HP8FOX (members of the Radio Club Union Panamena de Radio Amficionados) will be active as H94IE from Isla Escudo (WW Loc. EJ99fc) between February 4-6th. Activity will be on various HF/VHF/UHF bands and modes.

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

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

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QSO Today - Charlie Brown, NJ7V

Sunday 2nd January 2022

Charlie Brown, NJ7V, is twice a mountain goat, a title that comes from many SOTA activations.

Of course this means achievement and expertise operating portable from mountain tops across Arizona and the West.

NJ7V will share his amateur radio story, secrets to SOTA success, and some ideas on how to build a local SOTA organization in this QSO Today.

Listen to the podcast

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SARL Trophies and Awards

Sunday 2nd January 2022

On 2 November 2021, a SARL Communication was sent to members with information about the SARL Trophies and Awards, a call for motions for the 2022 AGM and nominations to serve on Council.

This information is also in the November 2021, December 2021 and January 2022 issues of Radio ZS.

To date, the SARL Secretary has received two award nominations, three nominations to serve on Council and no motions for the AGM. Is there a Club willing to host the 2023 National Convention? Please do not wait until Sunday 30 January 2022 to submit your motion or nomination - do it now!

SARL

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The CQ DX Marathon

Sunday 2nd January 2022

The CQ DX Marathon is a year-long DX hunt, with participants competing to see who can work the greatest number of countries ("entities") and CQ zones during the calendar year.

The 2022 edition started at 00:00 UTC on 1 January and will end at 23:59 UTC on 31 December.

Complete details can be found at www.dxmarathon.com/

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Czech radio switches off MW and LW as 2022 starts

Sunday 2nd January 2022

Prague (dpa) - Radio reception on medium wave (MW) and long wave (LW) has been history in many parts of Europe for years.

Now, in the Czech Republic, at least the public broadcaster will stop transmitting on MW and LW as the new year starts on Saturday.

The powerful transmitters on the frequencies 270, 639 and 954 kilohertz could also be received in large parts of Germany.

The reason given for the move was the widespread availability of terrestrial digital radio DAB+ and the high costs of broadcasting.

Those still listening using medium waves were to be persuaded to switch with a campaign. The radio station Cesky Rozhlas set up a telephone hotline to answer questions.

It was not known at first whether the transmitters would be retained or used for other purposes.

The antenna of the medium-wave transmitter Liblice B east of Prague is considered the highest structure in the Czech Republic, with a height of 355 metres.

Impuls, the most-listened to private radio station, wants to remain faithful to medium wave for the time being. It broadcasts its second programme, with pop and country music, on analogue transmission.

https://www.dpa-international.com/topic/czech-radio-switches-medium-wave-2022-starts-urn%3Anewsml%3Adpa.com
%3A20090101%
3A220101-99-556702

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New low power limit for ARRL HF contests

Sunday 2nd January 2022

The ARRL has set a new standard for what counts as low power for ARRL-sponsored HF contests. The new limit is 100 W, which is down from the 150 W limit that has been permitted in some events, including the ARRL November Sweepstakes.

With the exception of the ARRL Field Day, this change goes into effect on 1 January 2022, for all ARRL-sponsored HF contests, as well as the IARU HF World Championship in July 2022.

This change has been implemented to standardize low-power categories within the contesting community. However, on a more practical level, the typical modern HF transceiver has a maximum power output of 100 W

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Rotary and Ham Radio, a winning combination that goes back years

Sunday 2nd January 2022

1921 saw many demonstrations of broadcasting.

Perhaps the best documented of these took place on Nov. 15, 1921 in Pine Bluff, Ark., where the president of the Arkansas Power and Light Company, Harvey Couch, had arranged for a broadcast of live and recorded music from Couch's home to a meeting of the city's Rotary Club. (AP&L was a Westinghouse customer, with Couch touring the KDKA operation during a buying trip to Pittsburgh and becoming a convert.)

Couch, the Rotarians, and others were so impressed with this latest miracle of science that shortly after the pre-Thanksgiving demo, Couch applied for a license for Arkansass first broadcast station.

WIA

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Celebrations to mark the BBC's Centenary began at midday today (1/1/2022) via shortwave radio

Saturday 1st January 2022

BBC Radio 4 announcer/newsreader, Jim Lee, launched special event amateur radio station GB100BBC, from the BBC's Broadcasting House, in London, at exactly midday.

Listen to the broadcast
GB100BBC launches 1st Jan 2022

With thanks to the London BBC Radio Group

Within minutes amateur radio stations around the UK and throughout Europe were clamouring to contact the special BBC station and secure a prized entry in the logbook.

The London BBC Radio Group was granted an extended special event radio licence by the regulator OFCOM, to operate the station throughout 2022. 

The amateur radio activity is one of many events organised to celebrate 100 years of the BBC, which began broadcasting from Savoy Hill in 1922 as the British Broadcasting Company, moving to the iconic Broadcasting House in 1932, gaining a Royal Charter as the British Broadcasting Corporation.

The London BBC Radio Group has a growing membership which includes engineers, journalists, producers and on-air talent in both TV and Radio. The group is independent but hosted and supported by the Corporation.

The group was launched in 2017 by a handful of radio enthusiasts to revive a long and rich history of amateur radio at the BBC dating back to the Second World War.

The ‘radio shack’ at the BBC’s headquarters, Broadcasting House in central London, was officially opened by the then Director General, Lord Tony Hall, with an over-the-air message of congratulations. Lord Hall was subsequently bestowed Honorary membership of the club

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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 1st January 2022

Leaving the hobby ...

The other day I came across a how to video on becoming a radio amateur. It's a recurring kind of publication, the kind that I've contributed to in the past.

I wondered what it would take to leave the hobby.

First of all, I'd have to let my callsign lapse. That's easy enough, but I paid for five years, so it's going to take a while. When it has finally ceased being mine, have I stopped being an amateur?

For one, my qualifications would still be in the regulator's database, likely well beyond my breathing years. I wonder if they implement the right to be forgotten?

Another thing I'd have to do is stop knowing about how antennas work in day-to-day situations. I'd have to stop noticing the location of free to air television antennas, mobile phone towers, Wi-Fi antennas throughout the community and even the network in my home.

I'd also have to say goodbye to all the friends I've made around the place. There's hundreds of people scattered around the globe who with a single word might lure me back into their world, and with that the risk of being sucked back into the community once again.

At a minimum I'd have to stop using computers, or radios, or electronics really. I'd have to stop wanting gadgets and measuring equipment, not to mention having to mothball my soldering irons and give away all my heat shrink.

I'd have to give back the space I've eked out in the house and return it to the general living space it once was. I'd also have to sell all my radio gear and antennas. I'd have to rip out the coax, fix up any holes, cancel pending orders for new antennas and donate my books and magazines to the local library.

I'd have to stop looking at electronics magazines, cut up my loyalty cards for the local electronics and hardware stores and start an online store to sell all the connectors and adaptors I've amassed over the time I've been part of the community.

I'd have to forget the phonetic alphabet that I use almost daily and start using crazy words to spell things over the phone like a normal person does.

Experimentation would be a thing of the past and would be frowned upon as a fringe activity, one only suited to madmen and amateurs, and I'd have to stop investing my time in software and projects that might one day be used in amateur radio.

One of the hardest things to give away would be my curiosity, the one thing that's innate to my wellness. I'd have to stop asking Why? and How? all the time. I'd have to plead ignorance when someone asks how coax works and what's inside a blob of goop on a random circuit board they found on the side of the road.

Then there's the other things like physics and general science. I'd have to disavow all knowledge of these activities. I'd have to stop looking at the stars and stop wondering which radio frequencies were being emitted from all over the night sky.

I'd have to become ignorant of emergency services and communication, of event management and club life. I'd have to feign interest in anything that wasn't science or technology and I'd have to keep a straight face and my mouth shut when someone extolled the virtues of an irrational belief system.

I would likely have to give up my job as an IT consultant and start on a more manual job. Perhaps I'd take up gardening, though I'm not sure how I'd do in the weather at my age.

Even if I achieved all that, and kept it up for the rest of my life, I'd still be an amateur, just one hiding from the hordes of humanity striving to live on this ball of dirt, hurtling through the heavens on a journey through the stars.

I'm not sure I could do that.

So, for better or worse, as I see it, once an amateur, always an amateur and if you're curious and believe in science and technology, I'm here to say that you're well over halfway towards being an amateur! Welcome to the club!

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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Essex Ham 2021 review video

Saturday 1st January 2022

Among their many activities in 2021 the volunteers at Essex Ham ran 24 online amateur radio training courses catering for a total of 2,422 students

Read the 2021 review and watch the video at
https://www.essexham.co.uk/review-of-2021.html

Essex Ham run free Foundation Online amateur radio training courses
https://www.essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online/

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Amateur Radio Magazine

Saturday 1st January 2022

Happy New Year. I trust the festive season was kind to you.

What a year weve just had. Covid on the march and morphing into Delta then to Omicron.
Lurching through lockdowns and lockouts; restrictions imposed and then lifted then slammed on, again.

My sympathies go to those affected by Covid, and those with family and friends affected by the virus.

So, here we are in 2022, living with Covid.

Having learned to trust the science and the medical authorities, we can get on with our lives, tempered by our acquired knowledge of how to protect ourselves from that sneaky thing hanging around where you may not suspect.

Two thousand and twenty one was a watershed year for Amateur Radio magazine, after a disruptive year in 2020. Amateur Radio was published on time and on schedule once again through 2021.

The Publications Committee plans to continue this way through 2022.

The concept of themed issues has been well-accepted, and it appears from readership responses that we have produced some landmark issues.

Number one last year, featuring digital ATV, set the trend.

The whisper [WSPR] theme in Number two continued the trend. It featured a shooshing cherub on the cover and surprisingly was a best seller in the newsagents.

The Antarctic Adventures of Australian Amateurs feature in Number five with that dramatic image of an aurora over Davis Station on the cover really hit a nerve with the readership.

While we thought that was something special, issue six featuring Antennas and Propagation also sparked some thoughtful responses from readers.

In addition, Amateur Radio magazine carried some landmark technical articles through 2021.

The indefatigable Dale Hughes VK1DSH kicked-off in issue one with a DIY digital ATV station project.

Andrew Anderson VK3CV, followed-up in issue two with Practical Communications at 30 terahertz, pushing the boundaries of amateur communications.

The tireless Lou Destefano VK3AQZ, began describing his digitally-controlled HF antenna tuner project in issue three.

This was complemented by an article on Experiments with LoRa or long range digital transmissions, by Dale Hughes VK1DSH and Dimitrios Tsifakis VK2COW.

In issue four, that champion of D-I-Y, Jim Tregellis VK5JST, described how the gold standard for SWR bridges the Stockton Bridge aka Tandem Match works.

Usefully, this came before his digital dial VSWR meter project featured in our Antennas and Propagation issue number six.

And so we continue. As you may have already heard, issue number one for 2022 features Contesting as the theme.

Ill just go and stack my ten green bottles back on the shelf as I listen to the choir practising in the background, and see you further down the log.

This has been Amateur Radio magazine Editor-in-Chief, Roger Harrison VK2ZRH, for VK1WIA News

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