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ISEE-3 spacecraft presentation in Guildford Saturday

Friday 25th July 2014

Achim Vollhardt DH2VA and Mario Lorenz DL5MLO from AMSAT-DL Bochum will be giving a presentation on ISEE-3 (ICE) to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ.   The event is open to all

The presentation takes place from 1:50-2:40pm (1250-1340 GMT) on Saturday, July 26 and it is hoped to have a live demonstration of telemetry reception from the spacecraft during the presentation.

The International Sun-Earth Explorer (ISEE-3) is a NASA spacecraft that was launched in 1978 to study Earth’s magnetosphere. It was repurposed and renamed the International Cometary Explorer (ICE) in 1983 to study two comets and has been in a heliocentric orbit since then, traveling just slightly faster than Earth. It’s finally catching up with Earth from behind with the closest approach expected in August, 2014.

Since NASA no longer has the capability to receive and command the spacecraft a group of amateurs, with NASA’s permission, decided to do it for themselves.

On March 1-2, 2014 radio amateurs at the Bochum Amateur Radio Facility in Germany were able to detect the beacon signal from the spacecraft over a distance of 43 million km. After some changes to the ground equipment and aligning the receive antenna to the predicted position in the sky, the 2 GHz beacon signal could positively be identified due to its frequency, the position in the sky and the frequency shift due to the radial velocity (Doppler shift).

The 20m dish at Bochum was used to receive the signals. In 2003, AMSAT-DL converted this former industrial monument into a fully functional groundstation for deep space probes. Since 2009 the facility is being used by volunteers almost full time as ground receive station for data from the STEREO mission with its two spaceprobes monitoring the sun from different viewing angles.

In June Dennis Wingo KD4ETA and other volunteers succeeded in commanding the spacecraft using the Arecibo dish in Puerto Rico.

Admittance to the Colloquium is £10 a day. You can register in advance at
http://shop.amsat.org.uk/shop/category_10/
Colloquium-2014-Fri-25-July-to-Sun-27-July.htm
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registration can also be done on the day.

The schedule and map is at
http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/colloquium-2014/

Live video streaming
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/07/23/batc-to-webstream-space-colloquium/

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4,000 Scouts to experience Ham Radio at Scout AirFest in Illinois

Friday 25th July 2014

The Rainbow Council Amateur Radio Committee will operate a Special Event Station during Scout AirFest on August 8-10, 2014.

With nearly 4,000 registered Scouters expected to attend, Scout AirFest is one of the largest Scout events in Northern Illinois in this year. The “camporee” will take place on the grounds of the Lewis University Airport in Romeoville, Illinois.

The K2BSA Amateur Radio Association has given the Rainbow Council permission to operate as K2BSA. Nearly two dozen ham radio operators will be ambassadors to one of the most interesting hobbies in the world during AirFest.

Scouts and Unit Leaders who attend AirFest can participate in the program, even if they are not licensed operators. The K2BSA operation will feature a variety of Radio Scouting opportunities.

  • Requirements for the Radio Merit Badge

  • HF Voice and Digital Communication

  • Low Earth Orbiting Satellite Demonstrations

  • Morse Code Demonstrations

  • UHF Talk-In for Out-of-Town Scout Units

  • VHF Camp Net for Rag Chewing

After Taps each night, K2BSA will operate as a traditional Special Event Station in an attempt to work as many stations on as many bands as possible. K2BSA will participate in the WAE CW DX Contest and Maryland QSO Party during the AirFest weekend.

World Scouting Band Segments

Several amateur bands have designated frequencies where Scout stations can meet. K2BSA will operate Phone, CW, and PSK modes during AirFest, giving Scouts the opportunity to experience several communication modes. K2BSA also will attempt LEO satellite communication from grid EN51wo.

HF Voice Communication
 

Band

NCS Call Sign

Purpose

Calling Freq. (MHz)

Minimum License

2 m

K2BSA

Campfire Radio

147.540 (No Tone)

Technician

70 cm

K2BSA

Talk-In Net (Primary)

443.525 (PL 114.8)

Technician

70 cm

K2BSA

Talk-In Net (Back Up)

442.550 (PL 114.8)

Technician


HF CW Frequencies

Band

Mode

Segment (MHz)

Calling Freq. (MHz)

Minimum License

80

CW

3.560 – 3.570

3.570

Technician

40

CW

7.030 – 7.040

7.030

Technician

20

CW

14.050 – 14.060

14.060

General

15

CW

21.130 – 21.140

21.140

Technician


PSK Frequencies

Band

Mode

Segment (MHz)

Calling Freq. (MHz)

Minimum License

80

PSK

3.570 – 3.600

3.580

Technician

40

PSK

7.030 – 7.040

7.035

Technician

20

PSK

14.070 – 14.095

14.070

General

15

PSK

21.070 – 21.110

21.080

Technician

 

Campfire Radio Net and Talk-In
For Scouters traveling from outside Will County, K2BSA will provide a directed Talk-In Net. Net Control will be part of the Camp Master’s tent. When Scouters arrive, they can communicate and Rag Chew on an undirected net called Campfire Radio. K2BSA will guard both frequencies.

 

Band

NCS Call Sign

Purpose

Calling Freq. (MHz)

Minimum License

2 m

K2BSA

Campfire Radio

147.540 (No Tone)

Technician

70 cm

K2BSA

Talk-In Net (Primary)

443.525 (PL 114.8)

Technician

70 cm

K2BSA

Talk-In Net (Back Up)

442.550 (PL 114.8)

Technician

QSLs
All QSLs will come via K9RSR on Log Book of the World (LOTW) and QRZ.com. We will provide paper QSL cards only to operators who provide return postage. No QSL cards for Echolink.

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TX Factor Episode 4 is On The Air!

Friday 25th July 2014

TX Factor Episode 4 launched this morning at 00.01 BST.

This month it's a Friedrichshafen Ham Radio Convention special in which the TX Factor team flies off to the Ham Radio Show at Friedrichshafen, Germany on the shores of beautiful Lake Constance. Included are interviews with lots of notable contributors as well as features from many of the manufacturers and on-site retailers.

We have also launched the very first TX Factor free-to-enter competition where you can get your hands on a brand new Yaesu FT60E Dual Band Handheld Transceiver!

So what are you waiting for? Come join us and soak up the flavours of the biggest Ham Radio Rally in Europe and feast your eyes on TX Factor Episode 4, available for viewing NOW at www.txfactor.co.uk

Enjoy!

Nick 2E0FGQ, Bob G0FGX, Mike G1IAR

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ARISS contact planned with ESA Space Camp, Fleetwood, UK

Friday 25th July 2014

An ARISS educational radio contact is planned with ESA Space Camp, Rossall School, Fleetwood, UK.

The event is scheduled Tuesday July 29 at 14:01:13 UTC . It will be a telebridge contact operated by W6SRJ in California.

A video from the event will be webcast at:
Http://www.batc.tv/streams/arissuk/

The contact will be broadcast on EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377) and JK1ZRW (node 277 208) Conference servers, as well as on IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010.

This annual camp is organized by the ESA Space Camp Committee takes place in a different European country each summer for 2 weeks. This year the camp takes place between 27 July and 10 August where 185 young space explorers aged 8 to 17 will meet each other in the UK at Rossall School. The children come from the following ESA establishments (UK, France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands and Germany).

This will be the 20th Space Camp organised by ESA. This year the children will also be involved in celebrating this milestone with marking 50 years of ESA. Children, their parents and educators from the area will join the ESA campers on this special celebration day.

Rossall is a boarding school situated on a beautiful 160-acre site, there is plenty of room for extensive sports and cultural facilities, including a swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, as well as a fitness room and a climbing wall.

The ESC 2014 programme will feature a balanced mix of sports such as flag rugby, lifeguarding, kayaking and martial arts. The theme for camp will be ‘Reach for the Stars!’ Well-equipped IT labs, classrooms and an on-site planetarium will be instrumental in setting up a space education programme that will keep the children motivated with new and exciting hands-on activities and educational tasks involving space-related themes, as well as learning about the culture of the host country.

As with all ESA Space Camps, there will be specific emphasis placed on socialisation and respect among the participants. We hope to make the camp a really unique experience for juniors and teenagers who are in the process of becoming citizens of a multicultural society.

This ARISS contact will mark a highlight in the space education programme as children will be learning about many aspects related to man’s endeavours to reach for the stars!

Students will ask as many of following questions as time allows:

1. Zachary (12): What has been your biggest challenge since being in space?
2. Noemi (11): On Earth bubbles in sparkling water (or cola) float upwards, but in the ISS, there is no up and down. Which direction do the bubbles go in sparkling water (or cola) on the ISS?
3. Kai (9): If you could change one thing on the ISS, what would it be?
4. Caroline (8): How do you sleep and for how long?
5. Lisann (10): Do you need sunscreen in space?

6. Nassim (8): Why do we have plenty of oxygen on earth, but not enough in space?
7. Auriane (10): Do you see time passing by in space? Do you have the same feeling of time duration (days & nights)?
8. William Baker (12): Can you give us an example of some added safety procedures or precautions you must take in doing everyday tasks while on the ISS?
9. Eduardo García (8): Why is there no oxygen outside the ISS?
10. Sonia ERNST: How long does it take to go around our planet?

11. Damien (9): What were your last thoughts when leaving earth?
12. Tristan (8): How do you keep your clothes clean on the Space Station with so little water?
13. Marie (8): Are there any seasons on the ISS?
14. Emil (8): What do you do for fun on the ISS?
15. Charles (13): I have been fascinated by the film "Gravity”. How realistic is the film? Is space crowded by debris and therefore so dangerous?

16. Roxane (10): How many switches are there inside the spacecraft, and do you know what all of them do?
17. Andrew (13): Is it highly stressful to be in space?
18. Ella (9): How do you have a bath when the water goes everywhere?
19. Benjamin (11): How do you dispose of the waste?
20. Luca (13): How are medical surgeries done in space if a specialized doctor is not available?

21. Lena (11): How is it in the ISS, when you arrive the first time? Was the journey comfortable?
22. Giulio (10): What would you like to achieve that you haven't yet?
23. Eveline (9): I've been practicing various types of sports the last years, and now I still do judo. What sports can you practice in the International Space Station, a weightless environment?

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating countries.

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology and learning.

73,

Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
ARISS Europe Chairman

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Early activity on 60m from Andorra

Friday 25th July 2014

Salvador, C31CT will be QRV from Andorra on Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and if it is also possible then Saturday 26th July . He will be active on 60m band from approx. 1900 to 21... 2200hrs UTC - each day depends to local conditions and personal situation.

Announced frequencies are as follows:

CW: 5382 (for Spain) + QSX 5373 kHz (for others)
USB: 5308.5 (for Spain) + QSX 5371.5 kHz (for others)

or cross-mode combinations if needed, but always listening RX on 5371.5 kHz (5373 kHz).

Salvador will use C37AC or his own C31CT call in that event.

Cheers

Paul G4MWO

(Tnx OK1RP, C31CT)

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Temporary closure of National Radio Centre

Friday 25th July 2014

I regret that the National Radio Centre will be closed until Wednesday 30th July due to a burst water pipe.

Whilst the plumbing has been repaired, time will be needed to dry out the floor and ensure that it is safe. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.

The new voucher admission system means that we will email Members who have indicated that they are planning to visit during the closure period, but please “spread the word” to anyone who you know may have been contemplating a trip to Bletchley Park.

Best Wishes

Graham Coomber, G0NBI
General Manager
Radio Society of Great Britain
Tel: 01234 832701
Fax: 01234 831496
Email: graham.coomber@rsgb.org.uk

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How to build and fly your own 2.4 GHz drone

Friday 25th July 2014

BBC TV reports on the enthusiasts who are using 2400 MHz to control their home-made smartphone equipped drones

The BBC report personal aerial drones that take pictures could soon become a lot more common, thanks to a new invention.

The Flone - which won the Next Things award 2013 - turns a mobile phone into a drone, which can fly up to 20m (65ft) above the ground while taking photos or videos.

Speaking at the recent Sonar+D event in Barcelona, Alexandre Oliver and Lot Amorós explained how they want to make the air space accessible to everyone, rather than just the military or big multi-national companies.

Video filmed and produced by Sara Barman

Watch the BBC TV report at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28090632

Is it a phone? Is it a drone? No, it's a flone!
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/blog/2014/jul/24/phone-drone-flone

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DX News from the ARRL

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

Friday 25th July 2014

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

CYPRUS, 5B. Richard, M5RIC is QRV as 5B/M5RIC until July 29. This includes being QRV as C4I in the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL to home call.

CROATIA, 9A. A group of operators will be QRV as 9A4J/p from Lokrum Island, IOTA EU-016, as a Multi Op entry in the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL via 9A4J.

CHINA, BY. Operators Dale, BA4TB, Gu, BD4TS, Weihai, BD4SS and Xingang, BH4TVU are QRV from Lingshan Island, IOTA AS-150, until July 27. They will be active as BA4TB in the RSGB IOTA contest as a Single Op/All Band/Mix Mode/High Power entry. QSL to home calls.

NAURU, C2. Yuki, JH1NBN is QRV as C21BN until August 16. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using SSB. QSL to home call.

SPAIN, EA. A group of operators are QRV as ED1K from Ons Island, IOTA EU-080, until July 27. This includes being an entry in the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL via EA1NK.

WALES, GW. Members of the Barry Amateur Radio Society will be QRV as GW8K from Flatholm Island, IOTA EU-124, as a Multi Op/Island DXpedition/24 Hrs/Low Power entry. QSL via MW0DHF.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, HI. Albert, HB9BCK is QRV as HI/HB9BCK from Boca Chica until August 3. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

SARDINIA, IS0. Operators Sergio, IS0SSY, Sauro, IK5EKB and Salvatore, IK8UND will be QRV as IS0SSY from Sardinia, IOTA EU-024, in the RSGB IOTA contest as a Multi Single entry. QSL via IS0SSY.

ALASKA, KL7. Members of the Russian Robinson Club will be QRV as KL7RRC from Adak Island, IOTA NA-039, in the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL via N7RO.

BRAZIL, PY. Fabio, PP5BZ will be QRV as PQ5M from Sao Francisco Island, IOTA SA-027, in the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL to home call.

GREECE, SV. Operators Antony, SV1OAN, Panagiotis, SV1IZF and Panos, SV1COX will be QRV as SX3AM from Agios Mariani, IOTA EU-158, in the RSGB IOTA contest as a Multi Op/All Band/DXpedition/QRP/Mixed Mode/Battery Power entry. QSL via SV1COX.

TURKEY, TA. Operator TA2LJ is QRV as TA2LJ/0 from Bozcaada, IOTA AS-099, until September 15. QSL via bureau.

ICELAND, TF. Nigel, G3TXF will be QRV as TF/G3TXF from Grimsey Island, IOTA EU-168, until July 27. This includes being an entry in the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL via operator's instructions.

CORSICA, TK. Noel, ON4APU will be QRV as TK/OO4O from Corsica in the RSGB IOTA Contest as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry. QSL via bureau.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. Andrew, RN1CW will be QRV as RN1CW/p from Kotlin Island, IOTA EU-133, in the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL to home call.

ANTIGUA, V2. Tim, VE6SH plans to be QRV as V29SH from Jumby Bay Island, IOTA NA-100, until August 8. Activity is on the HF bands, with an emphasis on the newer bands. QSL to home call.

COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND, VK9C. A group of operators will be QRV as VK9EC from July 29 to August 2. Activity will be holiday style on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, FM and PSK31. QSL via JP3PLF.

INDIA, VU. Ariff, VU3ARF and Asish, VU2GMT are QRV from Jambudwip Island, IOTA AS-153, until July 31. This includes an entry in the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL to home calls.

INDONESIA, YB. Budi, YF1AR is QRV as YF1AR/5 from Tambelan Island, IOTA OC-122, until August 3. This includes an entry in the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL via operator's instructions.

VANUATU, YJ. Geoff, ZL3GA will be QRV as YJ0GA from Efate Island, IOTA OC-035, until July 28. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters. This includes being an entry in the RSGB IOTA contest.

SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS.
W1AW Centennial Station W1AW/1 in Rhode Island and W1AW/9 in Indiana are QRV until 2359z on July 29. In addition, W1AW Centennial Stations W1AW/0 in South Dakota and W1AW/4 in Kentucky will be QRV starting at 0000z on July 30. They will be active until 2359z on August 5.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.
The RSGB IOTA Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint, County Hunters CW Contest and the ARS CW Flight of the Bumblebees are all on tap for this upcoming weekend. The CWops Mini-CWT Test is scheduled for July 30.

Please see July QST, page 79 and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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Sunspot 652: VHF Aurora in Belgium

Friday 25th July 2014

During the weekend of 25 July 2004, CMEs attributed to giant Sunspot 652 caused geomagnetic storms and remarkable auroral conditions.

Paul Webster PE7B was /P on a hilltop in Belgium in connection with a SOTA-DL summit activation some 40 miles away. Turning his 2-element HB9CV antenna to the north, Paul was able to receive (and also record) strong auroral 2m signals from stations as far south as Cornwall and South Wales.

On the 10th anniversary of this notable propagation event, Paul has compiled a short video using audio recordings made during the auroral opening.

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Friday 25th July 2014

Dave Raycroft's  ICPO
(Islands, Castles & Portable Operations)

I.C.P.O. Bulletin (25 July - 01 August 2014)
"Islands, Castles & Portable Operations"
Listing is by calendar date (day/month/year)

If you like chasing the DX to some of the remotest areas of the world, or love a rag-chew with a portable station in a rare square or working Islands, Castles or Lighthouses on the Air, then you need the right information. 

Dave Raycroft VA3RJ produces an excellent bulletin, and you can read the latest by clicking on the following link, and see what is coming up in the next few days/weeks.  Dave Raycroft Bulletin

Also check the excellent HF Propagation predictions from the United Kingdom for July 2014 by Gwyn Williams, G4FKH

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Thursday 24th July 2014

Advance Notice for Information

On August 3rd 2014 the nation will commemorate the beginning of World War 1 known as ‘The Great War’ and on August the 4th 2014 a European commemoration will take place in Mons, Belgium.

To commemorate this event two special event amateur radio stations will be activated in the ‘old’ county of Cheshire.

The first station will be located at Leasowe Lighthouse near Morton Wirral and will be on the air from 25th July 2014 until 7th August 2014.

Call sign GB100GW (Great Britain 100 Great War)

The second station will be located at Cheshire Military Museum in the city of Chester. Operational from 1st August 2014 to 7th August 2014

Call sign GB100CMM (Great Britain 100 Cheshire Military Museum).

The station on Wirral is sponsored by the Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club (WADARC) and hosted by the Friends of Leasowe Lighthouse Amateur Radio Station M0MTC. The call sign M0MTC will also be used during busy periods at the lighthouse.

The Chester station is sponsored by Chester and District Amateur Radio Society (CADARS) . It is also hoped to put on a small display of Military radio equipment.

Major T.E Pickering MBE (Curator) with the aid of Melanie Kane (Marketing Officer) have made it possible to use the Cheshire Military Museum as a venue.

Major Pickering has also been able to supply a copy of the painting ‘1st Battalion The Cheshire Regiment at Audregnies ‘ Artist David Rowland for the official QSL card. (copyright Cheshire Military Museum)

The Tall Trees Contest Group( G5D ) have also offered their services and this will be greatly appreciated at both locations.

The Chester location will have public access during the operational period.

Wirral station will be open to the public on a date yet to be finalised.

Admission charges will apply at both venues.

From David G3UFO

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Ofcom: 2.4 and 5 GHz Amateur Radio Bands

Thursday 24th July 2014

Ofcom has published a Call for Inputs to help inform its understanding of the actions required to ensure that the UK takes a leading role in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT). This could mean using Amateur and Amateur Satellite Service spectrum

Ofcom say the IoT is the interconnection and exchange of data between many devices, sensors and machines, potentially opening up a wider range of cross-sector benefits.

The IoT is expected to lead to the introduction of many new and innovative services, for example to improve our health, reduce road traffic accidents and reduce the consumption of energy. There is the potential for significant benefits to citizens and consumers and, in the longer term, the IoT could change the way we live our lives.

The Call for Inputs seeks views to inform our understanding of these and other developments, enabling Ofcom to better support the emergence of the IoT. Many IoT devices will be connected wirelessly and the availability of radio spectrum will be an important enabler.

In light of Ofcom’s duties to manage spectrum, and the potential for significant benefits for citizens and consumers, we have identified the IoT as a priority for further work.

The closing date for responses is October 1, 2014.

The PDF document is at
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/iot/
summary/iot-cfi.pdf


Consultation page
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/iot/

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Thursday 24th July 2014

Island activities:

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

AF-004; EA8; Canary Islands: Members Francisco, EA8CSB, Jose, EA8CZT, and Juan, EA8VJ, of the Union de Radioaficionados de Tenerife (Seccion S/C Laguna) will participate in the IOTA contest as EA8URT. QSL via bureau.

AF-018; IH9; Pantelleria Island: Raffaele, IH9YMC, will get on the air during the contest from Pantelleria (IIA TP-001, MIA MI-124, WW Loc. JM56xt). QSL only via eQSL.

AF-019; IG9; Pelagie Islands: An international team gets on the air from Lampedusa Island (IIA AG-001, MIA MI-126, WLOTA 2312) as IG9Y. QSL via ON4LG, LoTW. http://ig9.ii9p.com

AS-081; HL5; Kyongsang-bukto / Kyongsang-namdo Province group: Sung, HL5YI, Ho-Jong, DS5ACV, Rho, DS5BRE, Kim, DS5DNO, and Tae-Hong, DS5QLJ, will all be signing their homecalls/p from Kadokim during the contest. QSL via homecalls, LoTW.

AS-147; JA8; Hokkaido's Coastal Islands: Taka, JA8COE, plans another activation of Yagishiri (WLOTA 2512, Grid Loc. QN04) as JA8COE/8 during the contest. He will also be active before and after the weekend. The whole island is part of JAFF-034. QSL via h/c.

AS-150; BY4; Shandong Province South group: Dale/BA4TB, Song/BD4TS, Chen/BD4SS, and Xingang/BH4TVU are going to operate from Lingshan Island between the 24th and 27th. BA4TB will also get on the air during the contest. QSLs via homecalls.

AS-153; VU; West Bengal State group: Ariff, VU3ARF, and Asish, VU2GMT, will visit Jambudwip (AS-153, WWFF VUFF-091 - National Park, UNESCO-World Heritage) from the 23rd until the end of the month and operate as VU3ARF/p, including the contest. QRV on 40-10m in SSB and CW. QSL via VU3ARF. http://vu3arf.org/

AS-155; BV; Taiwan's Coastal Islands: Leon, BU2CN, Tang, BM2AAV, Eddie, BV2DD, Evan, BV2KS, Lee, BV2NT, Lee, BX2AB, Kou, JA3AQM, and Bom, XX9LT, all members of Amateur Radio Taiwan (ART) plan to get on the air from Liuchiu Yu (WLOTA 2889, WW Loc. PL02ei) as BV0L between the 25th and 28th and during the contest. QRV on 40-6m in CW and SSB. QSL via bureau, LoTW.

EU-007; EI, EJ; Blasket Islands: Members of the Pap Lima DX Group and guest Ops activate Great Blasket Island from the 26th to the 31st as EJ1Y. QSL via EI5JQ, eQSL, LoTW.

EU-008; GM, MM; Inner Hebrides: Gordon, MM0GOR, will sign his homecall/p from Islay (IOSA NH22, SCOTIA CS25, WLOTA 1826) during the contest. QSL via h/c, bureau preferred.

EU-008; GM, MM; Inner Hebrides: The Isle of Gigha (IOSA NH24, SCOTIA CS23, WAB NR64) will be activated by Graham, MM0GHM, Allan, 2M0VNW, Peter, GM7AAJ, Jason, GM7VSB, and Arthur, MM0DHQ, with the call GM7A during the contest. QRV before with their own calls. For QSL info see list below.
https://sites.google.com/site/kilmarnockandloudounarc/Home

EU-008; GM, MM; Inner Hebrides: Dave, GM4NFI, hopes for favourable weather conditions to activate Fladda (IOSA NH32) during the contest as GM4NFI/p. QSL via h/c.

EU-008; GM, MM; Inner Hebrides: Members of the West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society activate Iona during the contest as GM4AGG/p. QSL via homecall.

EU-009; GM, MM; Orkney: Stockport Radio Society members Pete, M1PTR, Bernard, G3SHF, Carsten, G0SYP, Dave, G0LZL, Tom, M0DCG, Evan, M0TJU, Sarah, 2E0KUH, and Kieron, M5KJM, join forces and work as GM5O from Orkney (IOSA OR01, SCOTIA OI14) during the contest.
QSL via M5KJM.

EU-012; GM, MM; Shetland: The CASHOTA club call GZ4KPT will be active for 8 days from the end of July from Shetland. QSL via M0DOL.

EU-013; GJ, MJ; Jersey: The Jersey Contest Group gets on the air as GJ2A fpr the contest from the old German Signal Station (WLOTA 0818, WAB WV-54). QSL via LoTW, direct via qrz.com, North Americans via K2WR.http://www.jerseyars.com/index.php/contestgroup

EU-014; TK; Corsica Island: Noel, ON4APU, is expected as TK/OO4O from Korsika (DIFM TK-001, MIA MCO-001, WLOTA 1390). QSL via ON4APU, LoTW.

EU-016; 9A; Dalmatia South group: Tibor, OM3RM, activates Vis (IOCA CI-142, MIA MC-452, WLOTA 1899, WW Loc. JN85at) during the contest as 9A/OM3RM. QSL via h/c, LoTW.

EU-016; 9A; Dalmatia South group: Operators Dado, 9A3NY, Josip, 9A5AX, Niksa, 9A5BNC, Frane, 9A5V, Aleksandar, 9A3EAM, Tihomir, 9A4BL, Ivo, 9A4AO, from the radio club Dubrovacko Primorje and Tommaso, IZ7ECL, get on the air from Lokrum (CIA CI-056, WWFF 9AFF-027) as 9A4J/p. QSL via 9A4J.

EU-016; 9A; Dalmatia South group: Italo, IK6JNH, Andrea, IK6VXO, Raffaele, IZ6CRK and Nicolo, IZ6TSA will operate from Drvenik Veli as 9A8DV. QRV also before and after the contest. QSL via IK6VXO.

EU-024; I*0; Sardinia Island: Sergio, IS0SSY, Sauro, IK5EKB, and Salvatore, IK8UND, work together as IS0SSY from Sardinia in the contest.

EU-025; I*9; Sicily Island: Joe, IT9RZU, plans to join the contest from Sicily. QSL via bureau, LoTW.http://it9rzu.altervista.org/

EU-028; I*5; Toscana (Tuscany) Region group: Stefano, IV3LZQ, will put Giglio on the air as IA5/IV3LZQ. QSL via h/c, only direct.

EU-031; I*8; Campania Region group: Antonio, IC8FBU, is going to join the contest in the 12h category. QSL via bureau.EU-034;: Andres, ES1AN, Harald, ES1LS, Arvo, ES1QV, Toivo, ES2DJ, Jueri, ES2EZ, Toivo, ES2RR, and Robert, ES8DH, travel to Muhu [aka Muhumaa] (WLOTA 2725) for a contest operation with the call ES0U.
QSL via bureau.

EU-036; LA; Sor-Trondelag / More og Romsdal County North group: Arno, DL1CW, will be active from Hitra as LA/DL1CW/m. QSL via h/c.

EU-037; SM7; Kalmar County group: Dom, M1KTA, will pay a visit to Garpen (WW Loc. JO86bj). QRV before and after the contest as SM7/M1KTA/p, running a QRP rig on 80-10m in SSB and CW. He also plans to activate the lighthouse Stora Garpen (ARLHS SWE-145, Admiralty C7416). QSL via h/c, LoTW.http://m1kta-qrp.blogspot.de/

EU-038; PA; Noord Holland / Friesland / Groningen Province group: Dirk, PA7DN, will be vacationing and operating during his spare time from Terschelling (EU-038, WLOTA 0943) between July 28 and August 8 as PA7DN/p on HF in CW, SSB, and some digital modes. QSL via h/c.

EU-038; PA; Noord Holland / Friesland / Groningen Province group: Randy, PH4X, Ron, PA4RVS, Lucas, PD0LVS, Friso, PD1JFB, and Marcel, PD3MVB, will put Texel (WLOTA 0043) on the air during the contest with the call PA6TX. QSL via PD0LVS, LoTW, eQSL.

EU-042; DL; Schleswig-Holstein State North West group: Oli, DO7OMB, and Soenke, DG1LS, get on the air from Amrum during the contest either with their homecalls/p or with the club call DL0SX/p. QSLs via h/c.

EU-045; I*0; Lazio Region group: Lou, IK8HCG, plans a single-op activity from Ventotene (IIA LT-011, MIA MI-118, WWFF IFF-110, WW Loc. JN61fv) with the call IB0R during the contest. QSL only direct via h/c.

EU-047; DL; Niedersachsen State group: Fred, ON6QR, possibly together with other operators will be active as DL/ON6QR from Langeoog (DID/GIA N-007, Grid JO33) during the contest. The island is part of DLFF-010. QSL via h/c.

EU-057; DL; Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State group: Joachim/DL5KUD plans to operate for 12h from Ruegen (DID O-07, WLOTA 1712). QSL via bureau, OQRS via ClubLog and email.

EU-067; SV; Kyklades: Norbert/OM6NM is going to operate as SV8/OM6NM from Santorini (GIOTA SAS-102, MIA MG-125, WLOTA 0658) for the IOTA contest. QSL via OM2FY (d/B).

EU-080; EA1; Pontevedra Province group: A Spanish team consisting of Oscar/EA1CLT, Sergio/EA1DZ, Juan/EA1EHW, Cesar/EA1GHH, Vicente/EA1RD, Miguel/EC1DJ, Javier/EC1CSV, and Toni/EA3GWZ will activate Salvora Island during the contest as ED1W. QSL via EC1CSV (d/B).

EU-091; I*7; Puglia Region group: Members of the ARI section Lecce will be operating the contest from Capezzone Island (IIA P027) as IQ7AF/p. QSL via IQ7AF (d/B).EU-091 will also get activated by IQ7IA, operated by members of the European Radioamateurs Association of Brindisi and the CISAR Taranto Team.

EU-092; GM/MM; Summer Isles: Jim/MM0BQI is currently activating Tanera Mor (IOSA SC10, SCOTIA CN32) holiday-style as MA0BQI until August 3. QRV during the contest as GA1J. QSLs via MM0BQI (d/B), LoTW.

EU-099; GJ/MJ; Les Minquiers Islands: Operators Toby/2E0TBO, Christopher/G0FDZ, Adrian/G0VJG, Nicholas/G4FAL, and Giles/ M0TGV of the Cray Valley Radio Society get on the air from Les Minquiers Islands (WWFF GJFF-011, Grid IN88) as GH3RCV/p and as MJ8C during the contest. QRV from the 23rd to the 29th on HF, 6m, and 2m. QSL via G4DFI.

EU-107; F; Bretagne (Cotes-D'Armor West) Region group: Gil/F4FET and Diego/F4HAU activate Petite Island (DIFM MA055) for the contest and a few hours after as TM1BIG. QSL via F4FET (d/B).

EU-114; GU/MU; Guernsey group: Peter/2E0SQL, Louis/2U0FER, Iain/M0PCB, Chloe/M0GEJ, Paul/M0TZO, Mark/M0MJH, and Steve/M0SPF are going to operate MU0HTJ from Guernsey Island (WLOTA 0013) during the contest. Also look for 2U0SQL from the 24th to the 29th. QSLs for both calls via 2E0SQL (d/B), LoTW. http://blog.hamtests.co.uk/ http://www.2e0sql.co.uk/

EU-120; G/M; English Coastal Islands: Members of the Newbury and District ARS (G5XV) have picked the Isle of Wight for their contest activity as G7N. Team members are Ray/G4FON, David/G3KLH, Danny/G3XVR and Colin/M0DDT. QSL via bureau, LoTW, eQSL.

EU-121; EI/EJ; Irish Coastal Islands: EU-121 sees activations by the following groups / calls: Bere Island EJ5KF by EI5KF; QSL via EI5KF (d/B) Clear Island EJ1C by EI6BT, EI4BZ, EI2KA; QSL via EI2KA (d/B) Inishbofin Isl. EJ3Z by the Shannonbasin Radio Club; QSL via EI6GGB (d/B).

EU-123; GM/MM; Scottish Coastal Islands: Tom/GM0FGI gets on the air for the contest from his home on the Isle of Bute (CL02, SCOTIA CS19, WLOTA 1883, WAB NS15; WW Loc.: IO75lk) in SSB. QSL via bureau, direct, LoTW. http://www.kilchattan-bay.co.uk/

EU-124; GW/MW; Welsh Coastal Islands: Watch out for Ed/GW3SQX signing GW7O from Holy Island. QSL via GW3SQX (d).

EU-124; GW/MW; Welsh Coastal Islands: The Dragon Amateur Radio Club (GW4TTA) also gets on the air from Holy Island. QRV with the call GW6W operated by Stewart/GW0ETF and Steve/GW0GEI. QSL via GW0LIS and LotW.

EU-124; GW/MW; Welsh Coastal Islands: Philip, MW0DHF, Steve, MW0VRQ, und George, MW0TDQ, of the Barry Amateur Radio Society activate Flatholm Island with the call GW8K. QSL via MW0DHF.

EU-127; DL; Schleswig-Holstein State South West group: Joerg/DM4DL, Christoph/DM5HF, and Axel/ DO4WA get on from Neuwerk (DID/GIA N-012, WLOTA 2311, DLFF-005, WW Loc. JO43gw) with the call DR0F for the contest. QSL via bureau. http://www.darc.de/distrikte/e/13

EU-128; DL; Schleswig-Holstein State East group: Mike/DG5LAC will activate Fehmarn (DID O-001; WLOTA 0637) from the 26th to the 30th as DG5LAC/p. QRV on 80-10m in SSB. QSL via DG5LAC (d/B).

EU-128; DL; Schleswig-Holstein State East group: Holger/DL5XAT will also get on the air from Fehmarn during the contest signing DL5XAT/p. QSL via bureau or direct.

EU-129; DL/SP1; Usedom Island: Rainer/DL2RVL, Bert/DL2RNS, Rudolf/DM2XO, and Olaf/DL7JOM return to Usedom (DID O-13, WLOTA 1640, DLFF-075) this year for the IOTA contest and will work as DL0KWH/p. QSL via bureau.

EU-130; I*3; Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region group: Bodo/DF8DX will be on Grado Island (IIA F001) from July 25 to 29 and operate as IV3/DF8DX from 10m to 40m mostly in CW, including an entry in the IOTA contest. QSL via DF8DX (d/B).

EU-133; R1A-C; Gulf of Finland South group: Andrew/RN1CW is going to Kotlin Island (RRA RR-01-06, WLOTA 3146) for the IOTA contest and operate as RN1CW/p. QSL via RN1CW (d/B).

EU-135; SM2; Vasterbotten County group: Anders/SM5EFX will take part in the IOTA contest from Ledskar Island as SF2X/p. QSL via SM5EFX (d/B).

EU-136; 9A; Kvarner group: Branjy/OM2FY and Rado/OM2ZZ will operate as 9A/OM2FY from Krk Island (IOCA CI-046, MIA MC-185, WLOTA 1342) in the IOTA contest. QSL via OM2FY (d/B).

EU-136; 9A; Kvarner group: Operators Ivan, 9A3IVO, Davor, 9A4KJ, and Marijo, 9A5MR, will operate as 9A1RAB from Rab Island during the IOTA contest with 100W in CW. QSL via 9A2EU.

EU-141; LA; Finnmark County East group: Hans/LA2MOA will use his special callsign LI2MOA from Vardo Island (WLOTA 0106) for the IOTA contest. QSL via LA2MOA (d/B).

EU-145; CT; Algarve Province group: Colin/G3VCQ (CT7ACG), Sharon/M3VCQ and Andy/M0GAV are teaming up on Culatra Island (DIA AI-01, DIP AL-001) for the IOTA contest as CR5CW. Their QTH is close to the lighthouse "Cabo de Santa Maria" (ARLHS POR-013, DFFA Fa-06, DFP FAL06, WLOTA 0144) and in Ria Formosa (CTFF-007). QSL via LoTW. http://www.sheffield-live.co.uk/

EU-146; PA; Zuid Holland/ Zeeland Province group: Louis/PA0LCE and other members of the "West Vlaamse Radio Club" (WRC) of the UBA will operate as PF14A from Schouwen Duiveland (WLOTA 3089) in the IOTA contest. QSL via ON4ON (d/B). http://www.qsl.net/on4wrc/pagina6.html

EU-158; SV; Peloponnisos Region group: Panos/ SV1COX, Antony/SV1OAN and Panagiotis/SV1IZF are active as SX3AM from Agia Mariani (GIOTA INS-048, MIA MG-004) in the IOTA contest. QSL via SV1COX.

EU-162; R1Z; White Sea Coast group: RZ1ZZ, RA1ZZ, UA1ZZ, UA1ZKI, RD1A, R1AZ, RA3AV, RK3AW, RZ5D, RT2D, R3LA, RW3QNZ, RX3QP, RG3K and UA3QPA will work the IOTA contest as RI1N from Glov Island (RRA RR-02-11, RDA MU-05). QSL via RT2D.

EU-165; I*0; Sardinia's Coastal Islands: Massimo, I0PNM, will stay on San Pietro Island until August 18th and operate as IM0/I0PNM from 20m - 10m in SSB, RTTY and PSK. He'll also take part in the IOTA contest. QSL via I0PNM, direct only.

EU-168; TF; Iceland's Coastal Islands: Nigel, G3TXF, and Ian, G3WVG will be on Iceland during the IOTA contest and sign TF/G3TXF. QSL via G3TXF (B OQRS ClubLog), LoTW.

EU-170; 9A; Dalmatia North group: Kary/HA9MDN will sign 9A/HA9MDN from Vir Island (IOCA CI-141, MIA MC-451, WLOTA 4050) in the IOTA contest. Afterwards he'll operate SSB, RTTY, PSK and SSTV until August 3rd. QSL via HA9MDN (d/B). http://ha9mdn.weebly.com/

EU-170; 9A; Dalmatia North group: From the same IOTA group, Paul/PA0SON will be QRV as 9A/PA0SON during the IOTA contest, from Pasman  Island (IOCA CI-085, MIA MC-291). QSL via PA0SON (d/B).

EU-174; SV; Makedonia/ Thraki Region group: Petr/OK1FFU picked Thassos Island (GIOTA NAS-037, MIA MG-124, WLOTA 4186) as his destination for the IOTA contest. He'll sign SV8/OK1FFU. QSL via OM2FY.

NA-029; VY2; Prince Edward Island: Ken/K6LA will be QRV from the PEI DX Lodge (VY2TT) from July 23 to 28 on Prince Edward Island (CIsA PE-001, WLOTA 0523, WW Loc. FN76VS). In the IOTA contest he will take part in the SOAB-HP category. QSL via K6LA (d/B).

NA-039; KL; Andreanof Islands: Yuri/N3QQ and friends from the RRC will stay on Adak Island (USI AK-008S, WLOTA 1258) from July 24 to 31 and operate as KL7RRC. Weather conditions permitting, they will also activate Amchitka (NA-070). QSL via N7RO (d) und LoTW.

NA-046; W1; Massachusetts State South (Bristol to Barnstable County) group: Howard/K1VSJ will take part in the IOTA contest with low power from Martha's Vineyard. QSL via K1VSJ (d/B).

NA-092; W5; Texas State West (Cameron to Calhoun County) group: Ron/K5HM and Matt/K5NGU of the "Red Daemon Contest Clubs" (N5T) will be QRV from July 26 - 29, including the IOTA contest. QSL direct.

NA-096; HH/HI; Hispaniola: Gerhard/OE3GEA will visit the Dominican Republic from July 23 to August 2 and operate as HI3/OE3GEA  in holiday style, mostly in CW. QSL via OE3GEA (d/B).

NA-126; VE1; Nova Scotia Province South group: Frederick/VE1FA, Helen/VA1YL, Alphonse/VO1NO, William/VE1MR, YL Lynn/VE1ENT, Michel/ VE2MM, Lowell/VY2OX, Wayne/VE1BAB and Rich/VA1CHP are planning an IOTA contest expedition to Bon Portage Island where they will operate as VC1S. QSL via VA1YL.

NA-128; VE2; Quebec Province group: The "NA128 Contest Group" will be on Isle-aux-Grues (CIsA QC-038) from July 35 to 27 and take part in the IOTA contest as CK2I in holiday style. QSL via VE2CQ (d/B) and LoTW. http://www.qsl.net/na128cg/

NA-136; W1; Connecticut State group: Adam/W1ASB, Bogdan/W4EEH and Wes/SP4Z will spend the IOTA contest weekend on Shea/Ram Island and get on the air as W1Z. This callsign was already used in the WRTC 2014 and was now reassigned for the contest. QSL via W1ASB (d/B).

NA-137; W1; Maine State West (York to Knox County) group: The team of the "Wireless Society of Southern Maine" will take part in the first part of the IOTA contest (July 26, 1200Z to 2100Z) as WS1SM. QSL via W1WMG (d). http://www.qsl.net/ws1sm/

NA-143; W5; Texas State East (Matagorda to Jefferson County) group: Joe/K5KUA will be on Galveston Island (USI TX-001S) again from July 24 to 27 and operate in the IOTA contest as K5KUA/5. Outside the contest he'll also be QRV; CW only. QSL via K5KUA (d/B).

NA-160; HR; Cortes/ Atlantida/ Colon Depertment group: HQ3W will be the callsign of Dan/HR2DMR from Cochinos Cays during the IOTA contest. He may spend another day or two on Vivorillo Cays (NA-223) as HQ8D after the contest, depending on the schedule of the navy of Honduras. QSL via KD4POJ (d/B).

OC-035; YJ; New Hebrides: Geoff/ZL3GA is QRV as YJ0GA from July 25 to 28 from Efate Island. This is a preparation tour for the  planned YJ0X DXpedition in October. He'll also take part in the IOTA contest on 40m-10m. QSL via LoTW and ZL3GA (d/B OQRS ClubLog).

SA-027; PP5; Santa Catarina State North group: Fabio/PP5BZ, Roni/PP5ZB, Claudio/PY3OZ, Jose/PU5ATX, Maicon/PU5AGM, Edson/PP5EJ, Junior/PY5ZW and Alessandro/PY5KC will spend the IOTA contest# weekend (July 26 - 28) on Sao Fransisco do Sul Island (DIB SC-02) signing PQ5M. An activitation of Fortress Marechal Luz (DFH SC-06) is planned. QSL via PP5BZ (d/B).

SA-029; PY1; Rio de Janeiro State West group: Celo/PY1MT and And/PY1SG will work the IOTA contes as ZV1M from Jurubaiba Island. QSL via PY1MT (d/B).

SA-060; PY8; Para State East group: The "Grupo Paraense de Radio DX" (PARA DX Group) will be on Itarana Island (DIB PA-03) from July 23 - 28 and operate as PX8I. Team members include Fernando/PU8WZT, Daniell/PY8DAN, Jaime/ PY8FML, Ren/PY8WW and Jose/PY8ZE.  QSL via PY8WW (d). http://paradxgroup.wordpress.com/

SA-072; PR8; Marahao State East group: Ronaldo/PS8RV, John/PS8PY and Anselmo/PS8AB will operate as ZY8D from Ilha do Caju from July 25 - 27 on HF in CW/SSB, including the IOTA contest. QSL via PS8AB (d).

Compiled by Klaus, DL7UXG
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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New Thailand Ham Radio Regs

Thursday 24th July 2014

The new amateur radio regulations for Thailand's 247,000 radio hams become effective on July 24, 2014

Among the changes, six metres opened up, 2-metre band expanded, power on 2m increased to 60 watts, UHF bands allowed, Entry Level Basic Operator licence (Novice) may now use 100 watts on 10 metres.

Read the RAST announcement at
http://www.qsl.net/rast/

Read the radio regulations in Thai
http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2557/E/137/18.PDF

Google English Translation of Regs
http://tinyurl.com/Thailand-Amateur-Radio-Regs


New Ham Radio Regulations for Thailand
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2014/july/
new_ham_radio_regulations_for_thailand.htm

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Radio planning for the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Thursday 24th July 2014

Wireless Magazine interviews radio amateur John Dundas GM0OPS, the radio communication services manager for Glasgow 2014, about spectrum planning for the Commonwealth Games

Read the article at
http://www.wireless-mag.com/features/28331/
radio-planning-for-the-2014-commonwealth-games.aspx


144 MHz band to be used for Commonwealth Games
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/07/22/
144-mhz-band-to-be-used-for-commonwealth-games/

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BATC to webstream Space Colloquium

Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Volunteers from the British Amateur Radio Club (BATC) will be webstreaming the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium which takes place July 26-27 in Guildford

The dedicated BATC members have been recording and streaming the Colloquium for over 7 years.

The presentations will be made available to a global audience at
http://www.batc.tv/streams/amsat2014

The programme for the Colloquium is available at
http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/colloquium-2014/

Further information on the BATC is available at
http://batc.org.uk/

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GAREC 2014 next month in Alabama USA

Wednesday 23rd July 2014

The ARRL Alabama Section and the Huntsville Hamfest Association are proud to announce that the 2014 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference will return to Huntsville, Alabama August 14-15

The conference will be held in connection with the 2014 ARRL Southeastern Division Convention/Annual Huntsville Hamfest.

The Huntsville Hamfest will be held on Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17, at the Von Braun Convention Center in Huntsville.

The conference will focus on the application of advanced technologies in emergency communications. All interested Amateur Radio operators and professionals are invited to attend.

In 2005, the first Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference was organized on the initiative of Seppo Sisatto, OH1VR in Tampere, Finland. Following the success of this event and the increased interest in international and regional cooperation on emergency communications, GAREC conferences established themselves as annual events.

For each conference, an organizing committee works together with a local host, and International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) representatives participate in the event. In its 2009 meeting in Christchurch, New Zealand, the IARU Administrative Council defined the relationship between GAREC and IARU by adopting the following recommendations contained in the Statement of the GAREC-2009 Conference:
"GAREC 2009 recommends that GAREC conferences should continue to be held in locations throughout the world to the extent possible and should maintain the character of GAREC as an informal meeting among representatives of IARU member societies and of Amateur Radio emergency communications groups within or outside of the respective National IARU Member Society, serving as a forum for the exchange of experience and as an advisory body for the work on emergency communications of the IARU."

http://www.iaru.org/garec.html

Source - ARRL ARES E-Letter

GAREC 2014
http://www.arrl.org/garec-2014

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144 MHz channels to be used for the Commonwealth Games

Wednesday 23rd July 2014

The RSGB report that four 25 kHz bandwidth channels in the 144 MHz band between 144.00 and 144.100 MHz will be used at the Commonwealth Games July 22 to Aug 4

Following negotiations with the RSGB to minimise the impact on radio amateurs, Ofcom has announced that it will temporarily authorise up to four 25kHz channels, between 144.000 MHz and 144.100 MHz, for the period 22 July to 4 August 2014, to support the operation of the Commonwealth Games. The frequencies to be used specifically exclude 144.0500 MHz (CW Calling Frequency).

Usage of this spectrum by Commonwealth Games users will be in the vicinity of Glasgow games venues and will be limited to handheld equipment operating on a maximum of 5W ERP. Ofcom emphasises that use of Primary Amateur spectrum is only for the specified time period and does not constitute a change of usage.

Ofcom are aware of the very short notice and will authorise this usage on a “non-interference, non-protection basis”. Amateurs in the Glasgow area are requested to avoid these frequencies until 4th August.

http://rsgb.org/main/blog/all-regions/region-1/2014/07/22/channels-144mhz-band-used-commonwealth-games/

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European Communications Office 2013 Report

Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Amateur radio gets a brief mention in the ECO 2013 report which was released on July 22

We have published the Annual Report for 2013 of the ECO, the permanent office of the CEPT (which includes the ECC – its Electronic Communications Committee)

It sets out what we have achieved over the year 2013.

Our report shows the positive progress we have made across many of the strategic objectives placed on us by the ECC, as well as on our core set of services across the CEPT.

It also sets out more clearly than before what our ECO experts actually do embedded within ECC committees.

With an ever growing demand for spectrum, it's essential that we have effective measures in place at the European level, based on knowledge, understanding and consensus.

The ECO embraces such an approach and you can read about our significant efforts to extend the ECC's reach and strengthen its collaboration with many important stakeholders to facilitate an effective working relationship.

You can read our Report by downloading the PDF here;
http://www.cept.org/files/1050/ECO/About%20ECO/ECO%20Annual
%20Report/ECO%20Annual%20Report13_FINAL%20WEB.pdf


A printed version will be available upon request from the beginning of September from vibeke.hansen@eco.cept.org .

Best regards,
Mark Thomas
Director
European Communications Office
Copenhagen, Denmark

Mark Thomas used to work for the UK Communications regulator Ofcom

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French Callsign Database

Wednesday 23rd July 2014

ICQ Podcast highlights the French callsign database which can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet or PDF

Download the databases for Individual, Repeater and Clubs from
http://www.radioamateurs-france.fr/nomenclatures/

ICQ Podcast
http://icqpodcast.com/

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Stand by for TX Factor Episode 4

Wednesday 23rd July 2014

The countdown has begun. TX Factor Episode 4 hits the screens at 00.01 BST on Friday 25th July.

This episode is feature packed covering our visit to Europe's biggest rally at Ham Radio Friedrichshafen, Germany.

With lots of exclusive interviews and the scoop on Yaesu's new System Fusion this will be an episode you will not want to miss!

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UK 434 MHz balloon reaches Alaska

Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A party balloon carrying a solar-powered 434 MHz transmitter launched by Leo Bodnar M0XER from Silverstone UK travelled east across Asia and has now reached Alaska

The track of the balloon can be seen on these websites:

http://aprs.fi/#!mt=roadmap&z=3&call=a%2FM0XER-3&timerange=604800&tail=604800
(tail doesn't go far enough back with 7 days)

http://spacenear.us/tracker/ (B-63)

Two of Leo's other balloons are still in the air B-64 (Japan) and B-66 (Mongolia / Siberia).
http://www.leobodnar.com/balloons/

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VK balloon reaches Brazil

Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A small Australian high-altitude balloon VK3YT-8 has reached the South American country of Brazil, and is now believed headed further east.

The pico balloon flight by the team lead by Andy Nguyen VK3YT, left central Victoria in Australia on Sunday 13 July and travelled across the South Pacific Ocean.

The balloon did not land, but was last known by APRS to be at an altitude was at 8727m, some 80km north of Brasilia. Prediction is it has now left the Brazilian coastal line (early this morning July 22), and continued going east.

Andy VK3YT said that the flight needed to head north in Australia first, so it could pick up a predicted Jet Stream before travelling to South America.

He used a small solar panel to keep it active and carefully watched the forecast for unusual Jet Stream wind.

Everything went to plan and a distance of more than 8,000 kms was achieved.

On the 13th of July, with 10mW APRS transmitter on 145.175 MHz, it identified as VK3YT-8 and used THOR8 and OLIVIA 8/250 with RSID on 434.500 MHz. The balloon payload is a custom made board with a miniature camera.

In March the team had another balloon land in New Zealand for 24 hours. Andy VK3YT reports that most likely, due to moisture condensation, re-launched and left the country, before radio amateurs could get to it.

Jim Linton VK3PC

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GB1YOTA activity last weekend !

Monday 21st July 2014

Did you hear GB 1 YOTA on the air over the last weekend? (19th and 20th July)

It was the special event callsign for the 'Youth On The Air' conference which was held in WOLVERHAMPTON. I attended the event which was a brilliant weekend. The two day event was hosted by the Wolverhampton Amateur Radio Society and sponsored by the RSGB. It was open to young (under 25) RSGB Members.

The start was at 10 o'clock on Saturday and after a somewhat damp drive to WOLVERHAMTON we arrived in plenty of time.

I think that the worst bit was the start, meeting up with loads of new people .. but it turned out that they were a really nice bunch. Fourteen young people from all over the country attended the event which consisted of activities such as a soldering workshop, building a 20M PSK receiver,  building a SOTA beam antenna, a talk and demonstrations on digital modes, and the possibility to take the intermediate exam (although I didn't). There was also a social side to the weekend including a barbecue on Saturday evening, during which we had to dodge a thunder storm.

On Sunday an 80 Metre ARDF (Fox Hunt) event was held in nearby BAGGERIDGE PARK, just outside DUDLEY. The special event callsign was also on air from the park.

Much of the event was filmed by the Tx Factor team and we were interviewed by them. The report will be included in a later episode of so look out for it soon.

It was a great weekend and I made loads of new friends, one was only from ORMSKIRK and is a member of the SOUTHPORT & DISTRICT AMATEUR RADIO CLUB so I am hoping that we can meet up 'on air' soon.

Her report can also be read at:
http://www.sadarc.org.uk/ardf-2/rebecca-attends-national-yota-event/

All in all, an excellent weekend.

Daniel M6CUL

Photos L-R   Obligatory 'selfie', practical construction, outdoor lecture, and Direction Finding tips at Baggeridge Park nearby.

(Well done Daniel .. thanks for the excellent report. Neil G4OAR)

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 21st July 2014

Island activities:

AS-014. Members of the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) will once again be active as A43MI from Masirah Island between August 7-11th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via A47RS, direct or by the Bureau. Visit the ROARS's URL pages at: http://www.a47rs.org/welcome_en.html
https://twitter.com/a47rs
https://www.facebook.com/a47rs

AS-150. Operators Dale/BA4TB, Gu/BD4TS, Weihai/BD4SS and Xingang/BH4TVU will be active from Lingshan Island between July 24-27th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. Also, look for BA4TB to be active during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Bad/Mix-Mode/High-Power entry. QSL via their home callsigns.

EU-014. Noel, ON4APU/OO4O, will be active as TK/OO4O from Corsica during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or by the Bureau.

EU-016. Operators Damir/9A3NY, Josip/9A5AX, Niksa/9A5BNC, Frane/9A5V, Aleksandar/9A3EAM, Tihomir/9A4BL, Ivo/9A4AO and Tommaso/IZ7ECL will be active as 9A4J/P from Lokrum Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via 9A4J, by the Bureau or direct to: Radio Club 'DUBROVACKO PRIMORJE', P.O. Box 168, DUBROVNIK HR-20000, Croatia.

EU-024. Operators Sergio/IS0SSY, Sauro/IK5EKB and Salvatore/IK8UND will be active as IS0SSY from Sardinia during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via IS0SSY.

EU-025. Joe, IT9RZU, will be active from Sicily Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/CW-Mode/Low-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or LoTW.

EU-031. Operators Tony, IC8FBU, will be active from Capri Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single- Op/CW-Mode/12-HRS entry. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

EU-124. Members of the Barry Amateur Radio Society (BARS) will once again activate Flatholm Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) using the callsign GW8K as a Multi-Op/Island-DXpedition/ 24HRS/ Low-Power entry. Operators mentioned are Philip/MW0DHF, Steven/MW0VRQ and George/MW0TDQ. QSL via MW0DHF, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-133. Andrew, RN1CW, will be active as RN1CW/P from Kotlin Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL via his home callsign.

EU-136. Operators Ivan/9A3IVO, Kordic/9A4KJ and Siranovic/9A5MR will be active as 9A1RAB from Rab Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op(???)/CW-Mode/24-Hrs/Low-Power entry. QSL via 9A2EU.

EU-158. Operators Antony/SV1OAN, Panagiotis/SV1IZF and Panos/SV1COX will be active as SX3AM from Agios Mariani during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/All-Band/DXpedition/QRP/Mixed-Mode/Battery-Power entry. QSL via SV1COX.

EU-168. Operators Nigel/G3TXF and Ian/G3WVG will be active as TF/G3TXF from Grimsey Island, on the Arctic Circle, off the north coast of Iceland, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/CW-Mode entry. The TF/G3TXF IOTA Contest Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW. DO NOT QSL via direct or by the Bureau. Use OQRS on Club Log to request your Bureau or direct QSL. It's faster and costs nothing. For more details and update, see:
http://www.g3txf.com/dxtrip/TF-Jul-14/TF-Jul-14.html

NA-046. Howard, K1VSJ, will once again be active from Martha's Vineyard during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Mixed-Mode/Low-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

NA-122. Member of the Hotel India DX Club will be active as HI2DX from Saona Island between November 19-23rd (tentative dates).

Operators mentioned are Joe/HI3A (Team Leader), Tino/HI3CC (Co-Leader), Ez/HI3EPR, Edwin/HI3K, Jose/HI3LCG, Franky/HI3TT, Miguel/HI7MC, Rafael/HI8A, Sergio/HI8AR, Joe/HI8C, Alfredo/HI8CR, Elio/HI8EFS, Julio/HI8JQE, Juan/HI8JSG, Rafael/HI8KW, Rig/HI8RD, Daniel/K1TO, Dave/K3LP, Paul/K9PG, Ray/N9JA and Danny/W4UH.
Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They will have 10 stations on the air using dipoles, verticals and other various antennas. QSL Manager is Tim, M0URX, for direct requests and Bureau QSLs. A OQRS is available. For more details and updates, watch the following URL links:
http://www.facebook.com/hi2dx
https://twitter.com/#HI2DX
 http://qrz.com/db/hi2dx
* http://saonadxpedition2014.com
*  Not working as of press time.........

NA-126. After a 2 years absence, operators YL Helen/VA1YL, Fred/VE1FA, Alphonse/VO1NO, William/VE1MR, YL Lynn/VE1ENT, Michel/VE2MM, Lowell/VY2OX, Wayne/VE1BAB and Rich/VA1CHP will be active as VC1S from Bon Portage Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/DXpedition entry. QSL via VA1YL.

NA-136. Operators Adam/W1ASB, Bogdan/W4EEH and Wieslaw/SP4Z will be active as W1Z from Ram Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op entry. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via W1ASB.

Compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW OPDX

RSGB IOTA website

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

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 21st July 2014

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 13th-July, through Sunday, 20th-July there were 209 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9Y,

A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, 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, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S5, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,

V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

OPDX

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Microwave and VHF/UHF equipment at Colloquium

Saturday 19th July 2014

On Sunday, July 27, Sam Jewel G4DDK and Dave Powis G4HUP will be attending the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in Guildford to display and sell their range of Microwave/UHF/VHF kits and other equipment

Their stand will feature the popular Low Noise preamplifier (LNA) kits for 70cm, 23cm, 21cm (1420 MHz Hydrogen Line for Radio Astronomy), 13cm, 12cm and 9cm as well as PCB Microwave antennas, FETs, Amplifier PCBs and MMICs.

The highly regarded Anglian 2m transverter kits will also be available. This is a high performance 28 to 144 MHz transverter module featuring a ready-assembled PCB so that the amount of SMD soldering is minimised. The award winning Nacton 4m amateur band transverter module should also be there.

The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium is being held at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ on July 26-27, 2014. The event is open to all, further details at
http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/colloquium-2014/

G4DKK Products http://www.g4ddk.com/

G4HUP Products http://g4hup.com/Products.htm

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Sunspot number drops to zero

Saturday 19th July 2014

On July 17th, for the first time in nearly 3 years, the sunspot number dropped to zero.

Is Solar Max finished?

Forecasts and further discussion of this "All Quiet" event highlight today's edition of http://spaceweather.com

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Saturday 19th July 2014

Island activities:

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

AF-032; 5H; Zanzibar Island: Flavio/IW2NEF will be active holiday-style as 5H1NE between July 22 and August 6 from Zanzibar (WLOTA 1080). QRV on HF in SSB. QSL via h/c.

AS-008; JA1; North Izu Islands: Take/JI3DST plans to get on the air from Shikine Island (WLOTA 2267) as JI3DST/1. QRV from the 21st to the 28th on 40-6m in SSB, CW, and digital modes. His QTH is located inside JAFF-009. QSL via JI3DST. http://blog.goo.ne.jp/ji3dst

AS-066; R0L; Sea of Japan Coast group: Yuri/RA0CHI will be active as RZ0CWH (Putyatina Island) from the 20th to the 30th, including the IOTA contest. QSL via RA0CHI (d/B).

AS-146; BY4; Shandong Province North East group: A team of 20 operators (BA3AX, BA4MY, BA7AA, BA7MY, BD2FW, BD3OM, BD4FFM, BD4IJ, BD4KA, BD4KM, BD4KW, BD4OJ, BD4OS, BD7LMD, BG3MKT, BG4NMT, BH3QZZ, BH4IGO, BH4KAQ (YL), and BH4LXZ (YL)) will put Liugong Island (WW Loc. PM17) on the air as BY4IB from the 20th to the 27th. They plan to set up several stations for 80-6m and will also participate in the IOTA contest.
Announced QRGs:
CW: 3.521, 7.021, 1.0212, 14.021, 18.071, 21.021, 24.921 and 28.021 kHz
SSB: 3.761, 7.161, 14.171, 18.161, 21.271, 24.961 and 28.461 kHz
RTTY: 14.071, 21.071 and 28.071 kHz
6m: 50.091 (CW) and 50.121 (SSB) kHz
QSL only direct via BD4KM (see QRZ.COM).

EU-010; GM/MM; Outer Hebrides: Simon/M0SIY activates the Isle of Lewis (IOSA OH01, SCOTIA HI21, WLOTA 1477) holiday-style between the 17th and 19th as MM0SIY/p on 40-10m in SSB. He also plans to stop at the Callanish Standing Stones (GMFF-068). QSL via M0SIY (d).

EU-029; OZ; Sjaelland Archipelago: Ric/DL2VFR wil be vacationing on Enoe Island (DIA SJ-028) from July 19 to August 1 signing OZ0FR/p. QRV on HF, mostly in CW, also during the IOTA contest. His QTH is part of OZFF-084. QSL via DL2VFR (d/B). http://www.iota-expedition.com/

EU-045; I*0; Lazio Region group: Francesco/IZ8NWA pays a visit to Ventotene Island (WAIL LA-005, ARLHS ITA-172) until July 20 and operate as IB0/IZ8NWA. QSL via h/c (d/B). http://iz8nwa.jimdo.com/

EU-052; SV; Ipeiros/ Dytiki Ellas Region group: Kim/ON4BCV takes is QRP rig to Kefalonia Island from the 21st to the 29th. QRV as SV8/ON4BCV/p on 40-6m in SSB. QSL via h/c (d/B).

EU-089; CU8/CU9; Western group: A group made up of Antonio/CU8AS, Hermann/ HB9CRV, Siggi/DL2YHY, Lutz/DL8MLD, Arlindo/ CT1EGW (CU8AU), Luis/CT1EEQ (CU8AV), Pedro/CT1EKD, and Luis/CT4NH (CU8NH) will activate Flores Island (DIP AZ-008, PIP AC-008, WLOTA 0947)  from the 21st to the 28th. QRV as CR2V during the IOTA contest, at other times with individual calls. QSL CR2V via HB9CRV (d/B), others via homecall.

EU-116; GD/MD; Isle of Man: Keith/G3TTC spends holidays on the Isle of Man from the 20th to the 28th. QRV as GD3TTC/p on HF, mostly in SSB, also during the contest. QSL via h/c (d/B).

EU-172; OZ; Jylland East and Fyn group: Marc/PD7YY will be active from Langeland Island (DIA FY-019, WLOTA 0590) as OZ/PD7YY from the 19th to the 25th. QSL via h/c (d/B).

NA-067; W4; North Carolina State East (Carteret to Currituck County) group: Ocracoke Island (USi NC001S, WLOTA 0466) will be put on the air by two operators. Nate/N4YDU will get active as W4O from the 20th to the 27th on 80-6m in SSB and CW. Jon/WB8YJF signs WB4YJF/4 during the same time period mostly in CW with some SSB and RTTY. Both operators plan to take part in the IOTA contest. QSL W4O via N4YDU (d), WB8YJF/4 via h/c.

NA-069; W4; Florida State South West (Charlotte/ Lee County) group: Jens/DL2RMM plans to activate Sanibel Island (USi FL021S) as K2RMM/4 from July 20 to August 1, including the contest. QSL only via DL2RMM (d/B).

NA-083; W4; Virginia State group: The special event station K4P operates in the context of the 89th Annual Pony Swim from Chincoteague Island between July 21 and August 4. Operations during the IOTA contest will focus on 40, 20, and 15m in SSB. QRV outside the contest on 80-17m in PSK31, JT65, JT9, and CW. QSL via KS4TL (d/B).
http://www.chincoteague.com/pony_swim_guide.html

NA-202; HP; Colon/Veraguas North Province group: Jose/HP2BWJ operates as H92G from Isla Grande (WLOTA 2121) on the 19th and 20th. QRV on 40-10m. QSL direct via HP2BWJ.

OC-129; DU5-7; Visayan Islands: Leo/DW1OXL (ex-YC9MLL) has taken up a new job on Cebu Island and will get on the air from there as DW1OXL/7. QSL via M0OXO (OQRS).

Compiled by Klaus, DL7UXG
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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Special editions of the ID-51E to mark Icom’s 50th anniversary

Friday 18th July 2014

To commemorate our 50th Anniversary, Icom Inc is releasing five special editions of its popular ID-51E dualband D-STAR handportable.

Not only will these models be available in red, blue, lime, white and black, but they will include the following special features.

Special 50th Anniversary Edition Features

RS-MS1A Android™ Application (Optional OPC-2350LU cable required)
Faster Data Transfer in DV Mode (Three Times Faster (approx.))
Longer antenna supplied for Optimal Receive Performance
Additional Dplus Reflector Link Commands
DV and FM Repeater Search Function
Enhanced D-PRS Functions
50th Anniversary logo displays on the opening screen.

This commemorative series will be available from September from all authorised Icom Amateur radio dealers with a suggested retail price of £479.95 (inc.VAT).

For more information about this model, visit the ID-51E product page on the Icom-UK website

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Hundreds of portable stations head for lighthouses

Friday 18th July 2014Leasowe Lighthouse ©wadarc 2004

The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is tracking ahead of last year's record with four weeks left to go, and now stands at 385 registrations from 43 countries.

Among the latest is Estonia, with its 9-metre tall cylindrical concrete tower Lou Lighthouse built in 1934 near the Estonian village of Lou, and put on air by Russ Rowlett ES0/OH1EJY.

The South Point Lighthouse of Barbados is a new country registered by Amateur Radio Society of Barbados 8P6AW. That club will now also put the Ragged Point Lighthouse on the air.

The Aruba Amateur Radio Club P43ARC was last in the fun-event in 2005. It's now back with the California Lighthouse - named after the steamship California wrecked in 1891.

No matter where you are in Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania or the Americas, there will be plenty to contact and all have a rich history to tell. Some issue special QSL cards.

The United States of America stays in the lead with 69 registrations, followed by Germany 57, Australia 56, and England 27.

The primary aims are to raise public awareness of the old navigational aids and help publicise portable Amateur Radio.

For more details of the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend on August the 16th and 17th, visit the website www.illw.net

WADARC will once again be operating from Leasowe Lighthouse, UK0014 (ENG 063) on the Wirral Peninsular (Photo - above right) with more details to follow soon.

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More 5 MHz allocations

Friday 18th July 2014

It is reported that Andorra now joins the number of countries permitted an experimental band allocation at 5 MHz (60m).

The Andorran national amateur radio society, URA - Unio de Radioaficionats Andorrans, announced that they had received official permission to operate between 5275 - 5450 kHz on a secondary basis for short and medium distance propagation studies.
Maximum power allowed is 100W PEP with a bandwidth not exceeding 3 kHz utilizing CW and USB. The permission is temporary until WRC-15.
http://andorraura.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/
atribucio-de-la-banda-de-60m.html

REP - Rede dos Emissores Portugueses, the Portuguese national amateur radio society has been able to negotiate an additional channel with their regulator.

The new channel is 5380.5 kHz and is common with one of the Spanish 5 MHz channels, thus direct communication between the two countries will now be possible.

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Eerie quiet descends on the sun

Friday 18th July 2014

Less than two weeks ago, the sun was peppered with large active regions. Now, the face of the sun is almost completely blank.

Suddenly, the sunspot number and the sun's x-ray output have dropped to their lowest levels in years.

Is Solar Maximum finished? Probably not, but the ongoing quiet spell is remarkable.

Check http://spaceweather.com for forecasts and further discussion.

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New book for hams about Software Defined Radio

Thursday 17th July 2014

Hi folks, I have finally finished my book for amateur radio operators and short wave listeners who want to know more about SDR.

It is called "An Introduction to HF Software Defined Radio".
You can read a summary and order a copy at Amazon (UK, EU or COM) or at https://www.createspace.com/4845320.

The book is for amateur radio operators and anyone who wants a technical introduction to software defined radio receivers and transceivers, for the high frequency and short wave bands. Most of the concepts are illustrated with helpful diagrams and pictures. It covers; the different types of SDR, how they work, tests used to measure their performance, the components of a typical direct conversion SDR, code in the FPGA, and the elements making up SDR software for the PC.

76 pages, full colour, large 11"x 8 1/2" format (for the diagrams), many diagrams and tables, hardly any maths or software code.

Chapter 1: Introduction to HF Software Defined Radio
Chapter 2: The QSD method
Chapter 3: The DDC method
Chapter 4: SDR performance measurement
Chapter 5: The SDR transceiver, what's in the box (including the FPGA)
Chapter 6: Myths about the dynamic range of SDR receivers
Chapter 7: SDR software on the PC

Introduction

Frame structures, Ethernet and USB frames
Key software modules, Kiss Konsole block diagram
FFT
The wideband spectrum display
The transmit process
The receive process
Command and Control
Glossary of abbreviations and acronyms

Acknowledgements

Summary

Andrew Barron, ZL3DW

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July/August SatMagazine available for free download

Thursday 17th July 2014

The July/August 2014 issue of the free professional publication SatMagazine features TechDemoSat, UKube-1 with FUNcube-2 boards, DX-1 and the publication OSCAR News produced quarterly by AMSAT-UK

OSCAR News is edited by Jim Heck G3WGM and Graham Shirville G3VZV. On page 28 SatMagazine says:

AMSAT-UK is an information service that offers a first class magazine in OSCAR News (free to members at least every three months), and provides technical data and advice on all aspects of amateur satellite communications. Orbital data and general assistance to all radio amateurs wishing to enter this specialized part of the hobby is still available at minimal cost. For further information regarding AMSAT UK, please visit http://amsat-uk.org/

Download the July/August 2014 SatMagazine from
http://www.satmagazine.com/2014/SM_JulAug_2014.pdf

A sample issue of OSCAR News can be downloaded here.

Join AMSAT-UK - Electronic Membership is available at
http://shop.amsat.org.uk/shop/category_9/Join-Amsat-UK.html

The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium is being held at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ on July 26-27, 2014. The event is open to all, further details at
http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/colloquium-2014/

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Wirral Grammar School for Girls to launch 434 MHz balloon

Wednesday 16th July 2014

Pupils at Wirral Grammar School for Girls are planning to launch a High Altitude Balloon today with 434 MHz telemetry and Slow Scan Digital Video (SSDV) transmitters

The launch is planned for Wednesday July 16 at around 11:00 BST from Middletown Hill near Welshpool, weather permitting. The balloon will be a 1200g Hwoyee with Helium and the transmitter details are:

Callsign: WG3
Frequency: 434.300 MHz
Mode: RTTY 50,7n2 470 Hz shift

Callsign: WG3TV
Frequency: 434.350 MHz
Mode: RTTY 300,8n2 610 Hz shift SSDV + telemetry

The balloon will carry a Raspberry Pi A with RFM22B based daughterboard. The radio coverage area could extend up to a radius of 700 km which would make it receivable throughout the British Isles.

Online real-time tracking of balloons
http://spacenear.us/tracker/

Beginners Guide to Tracking using dl-fldigi software
http://ukhas.org.uk/guides:tracking_guide

See received SSDV images on the web at
http://ssdv.habhub.org/

Slow Scan Digital Video (SSDV) Guide
http://ukhas.org.uk/guides:ssdv

To get up-to-date information on balloon flights subscribe to the UKHAS Mailing List by sending a blank email to this address:
ukhas+subscribe@googlegroups.com

Follow the launch day chat on the #highaltitude IRC channel at
http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=highaltitude

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RFinderPi - a free open-source realtime radio programmer!

Wednesday 16th July 2014

15 July, 2014
From the Shack of W2CYK

Based on the Raspberry Pi, RFinderPi is a real time radio programmer. Radios that are controllable by software such as HRD will work with the RFinderPi. We have already crated a script for the FT8x7 radios.

RFinder Android is already released with this capability; iPhone is waiting for Apple's approval.

Our motivation to create this was there is no way of connecting Apple iOS devices to Bluetooth serial devices. This unit is open source, so any software can be written to communicate with it. Additionally, the radio programming is in the RFinderPi unit: Apps only send a generic QSY request, so end-users are empowered to add new radios without modifying apps that connect to it.

Other radios can be added easily by writing a script in PHP.

The unit is based on the Raspberian build of Linux and has Apache Web Server, MySQL, PHP, HostAPD, DIO, UDHCPD and vncserver installed.

Apache, MySQL and PHP are for programming the web services

HostAPD is a wifi access point software package and UDHCPD is a DHCP server. This allows devices to connect over wifi and get an ip address...

DIO is a convenient package for talking to serial ports

vncserver allows remote connection to the Raspberian graphical desktop without attaching a monitor or keyboard.

More info can be found on the QRZ Technical forum http://forums.qrz.com/forumdisplay.php?102-RFinderPi-Open-Source-radio-interface-based-on-Raspberry-Pi

You do not need RFinder to work with the RFinderPi. A programmer can connect RFinderPi to any software package. More information about RFinder can be found at http://www.rfinder.net.

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AmateurLogic 68: Field Day 2014

Wednesday 16th July 2014

It’s been three years since the ALTV team did Field Day in the wood.

We disturb the peace and quiet of Shrock, MS this episode for another Field Day adventure. Listen to the roar of generators and crickets. Learn a little about the history of the site. Take a look at the location, tent and our choice of antennas. Check Wayne’s coax cables with the Megger (we were surprised what we found). Peter joins us to chat about Field Day and a report on his KN-Q7A transceiver kit. Witness the great Quadcopter mishap, plus much more.

1:35:04 of good outdoor Ham fun.

Download

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NASA honors historic first Moon landing, Eyes first Mars mission

Tuesday 15th July 2014

NASA marks the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing this month while it takes the steps needed for America's next giant leap to send astronauts to Mars

NASA's Apollo 11 crew landed on the moon July 20, 1969. The world watched 45 years ago as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set their lunar module Eagle down in the Sea of Tranquility, while crewmate Michael Collins orbited above in the command module Columbia.

The agency will commemorate Armstrong's "one giant leap for mankind" through a number of events across, and above, the United States during the next two weeks, as well as on the agency's website and NASA Television.

On Friday, July 18 at 1:30 p.m. EDT, NASA TV will air a discussion about the future of space exploration between scientists and actor, director, and narrator Morgan Freeman, live from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. The event also will include NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman participating from the International Space Station.

Also on Friday at 3:30 p.m., NASA will host a discussion with Buzz Aldrin and astronaut Mike Massimino at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York during the Intrepid Space and Science Festival. NASA also will have exhibits and activities at the festival Thursday, July 17 - Saturday, July 19. For more information about the festival, visit
http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/SpaceandScienceFestival.aspx

On Sunday, July 20 at 10:39 p.m., when Armstrong opened the spacecraft hatch to begin the first spacewalk on the moon, NASA TV will replay the restored footage of Armstrong and Aldrin's historic steps on the lunar surface.

On Monday, July 21 at 10 a.m. from the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA TV will air live coverage of the renaming of the center's Operations and Checkout Building in honor of Armstrong, who passed away in 2012. The renaming ceremony will include NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Kennedy Center Director Robert Cabana, Apollo 11’s Collins, Aldrin and astronaut Jim Lovell, who was the mission’s back-up commander. International Space Station NASA astronauts Wiseman and Steve Swanson, who is the current station commander, also will take part in the ceremony from their orbiting laboratory 260 miles above Earth.

Kennedy's Operations and Checkout Building has played a vital role in NASA’s spaceflight history. It was used during the Apollo program to process and test the command, service and lunar modules. Today, the facility is being used to process and assemble NASA’s Orion spacecraft, which the agency will use to send astronauts to an asteroid in the 2020s and Mars in the 2030s.

On Thursday, July 24 at 6 p.m. EDT, which is the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11's return to Earth, the agency will host a panel discussion -- called NASA’s Next Giant Leap -- from Comic-Con International in San Diego, California. Moderated by actor Seth Green, the panel includes Aldrin, NASA Planetary Science Division Director Jim Green, JPL systems engineer Bobak Ferdowsi, and NASA astronaut Mike Fincke, who will talk about Orion and the Space Launch System rocket, which will carry humans on America’s next great adventure in space.

NASA.gov will host features, videos, and historic images and audio clips that highlight the Apollo 11 anniversary, as well as the future of human spaceflight. To explore all the special content, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/apollo45

To join the ongoing conversation on social media about the anniversary and NASA's deep space exploration plans, use the hashtags #NextGiantLeap and #Apollo45.

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

For information about the activities, planning and preparations for the next giant leap in space exploration, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/exploration

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Spanish 5 MHz experimental period extended

Tuesday 15th July 2014

On January 1st this year, the Spanish PTT authorized the use of several frequencies in the 5 MHz (60 m) band up to June 30th, 2014.

Following representations from the Spanish national amateur radio society, URE - Union Radioaficionados Espanoles - permission has been granted to extend this period until November 30th, 2015

http://www.ure.es/noticias/2436-2014-06-25-06-19-32.html
(in Spanish)

The frequencies authorized are 5268, 5295, 5313, 5382, 5430 and 5439 kHz, with a power of 100 W PEP. Because these channels do not correspond with any of the 'common' 5 MHz channels, those outside the country making contact with Spanish stations on 5 MHz are reminded that the whole of their own transmitted signal must remain within their own designated frequency allocation.

(Tnx: OK1RP, EA7OP, URE)

Cheers,

Paul G4MWO

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Short-Wave Numbers Stations

Tuesday 15th July 2014

The International Business Times features an article on the spy numbers stations that can be found on short-wave radio

Read the article at
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/now-you-can-spy-spies-using-free-web-based-shortwave-radio-1456657

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Naked selfies extracted from 'factory reset' phones

Monday 14th July 2014

Thousands of pictures including "naked selfies" have been extracted from factory-wiped phones by a Czech Republic-based security firm.

The firm, called Avast, used publicly available forensic security tools to extract the images from second-hand phones bought on eBay.

The company claims that of 40,000 stored photos extracted from 20 phones purchased from eBay, more than 750 were of women in various stages of undress, along with 250 selfies of "what appears to be the previous owner's manhood".

Read the fascinating article on the BBC website by

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Cygnus cargo craft launches to space station

Monday 14th July 2014

A multitude of NASA research investigations, crew provisions, hardware and science experiments from across the country is headed to the International Space Station aboard Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus spacecraft.

Photo Right: The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket launches from Pad-0A with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

The cargo craft launched aboard Orbital's Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 12:52 p.m. EDT Sunday.

The mission is the company's second cargo delivery flight to the station through a $1.9 billion NASA Commercial Resupply Services contract. Orbital will fly at least eight cargo missions to the space station through 2016.

The Orbital-2 mission is carrying almost 3,300 pounds of supplies to the station, which will expand the research capability of the Expedition 40 crew members.

Among the research investigations headed to the orbital laboratory are a flock of nanosatellites designed to take images of Earth, developed by Planet Labs of San Francisco; and a satellite-based investigation called TechEdSat-4 built by NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, which aims to develop technology that will eventually enable small samples to be returned to Earth from the space station.

An experiment managed by Ames called Smart Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) features a sensor and multiple cameras to enable 3-D mapping and robotic navigation inside the space station. In addition, a host of student experiments are on board as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program, an initiative of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and NanoRacks.

Expedition 40 Commander Steve Swanson of NASA, with help from Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO of the European Space Agency, will use the station's robotic arm to take hold of Cygnus at 6:39 a.m. Wednesday, July 16. In August, the capsule, which will be filled with trash, will depart the station and burn up during reentry in Earth’s atmosphere.

The International Space Station is a convergence of science, technology and human innovation that demonstrates new technologies and makes research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. The space station has been continuously occupied since November 2000. In that time, it has been visited by more than 200 people and a variety of international and commercial spacecraft. The space station remains the springboard to NASA's next great leap in exploration, including future missions to an asteroid and Mars.

For more information about the Orbital-2 mission and the International Space Station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 14th July 2014

Island activities:

AS-066. Yuri, RA0CHI, will be active from Putiatina Island between July 20-30th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters and include RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) signing as RZ0CWH (the Friendship Amateur Radio Society [FARS Club Station]). QSL via the home callsigns.

AS-146. Members of the Marconi Radio Club will be active as BY4IB from Liugong Island between July 20-27th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters, as well as 2m and 70cm, using CW, SSB and RTTY. 

Suggested frequencies (+/-) are:
CW - 3521, 7021, 10212, 14021, 18071, 21021, 24921 and 28021 kHz
SSB - 3761, 7161, 14171, 18161, 21271, 24961 and 28461 kHz
RTTY - 14071, 21071 and 28071 kHz
6m - 50091/CW and 50121/SSB

They will use 2x K3, 2x TS-590 and a TS-480 into 3x SpiderBeams (20/17/15/12/10m), 3x GP (80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6m), a Dipole for 80m, and 3 element yagi for 6m. QSL only direct (2 USDs & SASE) to BD4KM: Yongwei Yu, P.O. BOX 73, Weihai City, ZIP 264209, China. PAYPAL available [18963137788@189.cn]. Log will be on ClubLog.

AS-201. (New!) By the time you read this, Bodo, DF8DX, will be active as TA0/DF8DX from Buyukada Island (a new IOTA). Activity was to take place between July 10-13th. Operations were to be 100 watts into a vertical on 40-10m on/near IOTA frequencies. Mostly CW, but also SSB. QSL via DF8DX.

EU-030. Mogens, OZ4ACK, will be operating holiday style from Bornholm Island (DIA BO-001, WLOTA 2203) between July 13-18th. Activity will be on 30/20/17/6 meters, mostly CW and using 2 Buddipoles and a FT-857d with 100 watts. QSL via his home callsign, direct by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL.

EU-034. Operators Andres/ES1AN, Harald/ES1LS, Arvo/ES1QV, Toivo/ES2DJ, Juri/ES2EZ, Toivo/ES2RR and Roy/ES8DH will be active as ES0U from Muhu Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/Multi-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via ES2DJ, by the Bureau.

EU-080. A Spanish team will be active as ED1W from Salvora Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/Mixed-Mode entry. QSL via EC1CSV. Operators mentioned are Oscar/EA1CLT, Sergio/EA1DZ, Juan/EA1EHW, César/EA1GHH, Vicente/EA1RD, Miguel/EC1DJ, Javier/EC1CSV and Toni/EA3GWZ.

EU-091. Members of the European Radioamateurs Association (ERA) of Brindisi (IQ7IA) and the CISAR Taranto team (IQ7HK) will be active as IQ7IA from Pedagne Island (Brindisi) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/DXpedition entry.

EU-121. Operators Tony/EI2GX, Anthony/EI2KC, Tony/EI3HA, Dermot/EI5IQ, Declan/EI6FR, Liam/EI7DSB (EJ7NET), Bernie/HB9ASZ and Rolf/HB9DGV will be active as EJ7NET from Cape Clear Island betweennow and July 17th. Activity will be on all bands and modes.  QSL via HB9DGV, direct or by the Bureau. For more info, see:
http://hamradioireland.blogspot.com

EU-121. Members of the Shannonbasin Radio Club will once again be active as EJ3Z from Inis Boffin Island off the west coast of Galway during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/Low-Power entry. Operators were not named. QSL via EI6GGB.

EU-124. Operators Stewart/GW0ETF and Steve/GW0GEI will be active as GW6W from Holy Island, North Wales, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/Island/Low-Power entry.  QSL via GW0LIS or LoTW.

EU-129. Members of the club station "des OV Konigs Wusterhausen"  (DL0KWH) will be active as DL0KWH/p from Usedom Island (0-13 for the German Islands Award) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/Island entry. QSL via DL0KWH; Bureau is preferred. Operators mentioned are Rainer/DL2RVL, Bert/DL2RNS, Rudolf/DM2XO and Olaf/DL7JOM.

EU-136. Operators Brani/OM2FY and Radovan/OM2ZZ will be active as 9A/OM2FY from Krk Island (ACIA IC-105, CIA-22, IOCA CI-046, MIA MC-185, WLOTA 1342) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/Island entry. QSL via OM2FY.

EU-170. Karoly, HA9MDN, will be active as 9A/HA9MDN from Vir Island (CI-141) between July 25th and August 3rd. Activity will be on SSB, RTTY, PSK and SSTV. He will also be in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/SSB-Mode/Low-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign by the Bureau or eQSL.

EU-170. Paul, PA0SON, will be active as 9A/PA0SON from Pasman Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). Activity will be SSB and Digital QRP using solar power. QSL via PA0SON by the Bureau.

EU-174. Petr, OK1FFU, will be active as SV8/OK1FFU from Thassos Island (GIOTA NAS-037, MIA MG-124, WLOTA LH-4186, QRA KN20HS) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via OM2FY.

NEW IOTA GROUPS ADDED. Last week we mentioned that eleven new IOTA groups were added to the IOTA Award Program. For more details on the the new groups, visit Roger Balister, G3KMA, RSGB IOTA Manager's,
Web page at:
http://www.g3kma.dsl.pipex.com/IOTA%20
Programme%20New%20Island%20Groups.pdf

Compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW OPDX

RSGB IOTA website

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

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Portuguese radio hams gain extra 60m frequency

Monday 14th July 2014

José E. Ribeiro de Sá CT1EEB reports that since July 4, 2014 Portuguese radio amateurs have been able to use A1A and J3E on 5380.5 kHz

60m band in Portugal
http://www.qsl.net/ct1eeb/60m/60m.htm

5 MHz Yahoo Group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ukfivemegs

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IARUMS Newsletter released

Sunday 13th July 2014

The IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS) newsletter reports on action against illegal Brazillian Hanglider and Paraglider communications on 144-148 MHz and a French intruder on 40m

The 7166 kHz A1A (CW) long transmissions every Wednesday afternoon from France are identified as FAV22 and comprise encrypted five letter groups. The source is understood to be CSTEI, the Centre for Telecommunication and Specialized Data Processing (Norm M51).
HB9CET informed BAKOM and DK2OM the German PTT. Bearings by the German PTT were showing Vernon, NW of Paris.

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 June 2014 newsletter can be read at
http://www.iarums-r1.org/iarums/news2014/news1406.pdf

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

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

IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS)
http://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php?option=com_content
& view=category&layout=blog&id=39&Itemid=87

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UK CubeSail Ham Radio Satellite

Saturday 12th July 2014

CubeSail is an exciting, ground-breaking educational satellite project at the Surrey Space Centre (SSC) that hopes to launch into a 680 km Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) from India in December 2014

A key feature is the deployment of a 25 square metre sail structure, which will be used to demonstrate the propulsive effect of solar radiation pressure (i.e. solar sailing) and will demonstrate the de-orbiting capabilities of the sail as a drag augmentation device. CubeSail will be the first launched three-axis stabilised solar sail.

CubeSail will build on small satellite experience at SSC, such as the STRaND-1 nanosatellite, launched on February 25, 2013. Furthermore, the mission critical sail deployment mechanism has undergone an extensive testing and validation process as part of the ESA Gossamer Deorbiter project carried out at SSC. The CubeSail project is also financially and technically supported by world leading industrial partners, Astrium and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

CubeSail is a 3U CubeSat project with a 6kg mass, the mission aims are:

• Technology Demonstration 1: Deployable Sail- The CubeSail satellite will deploy a large (up to 5×5 metre) square aluminised Kapton sail, using novel CFRP deployable booms.

• Technology Demonstration 2: Solar Sailing – The CubeSail mission will demonstrate ‘solar sailing’ in LEO by utilising the solar radiation pressure on the reflective sail to change its orbital inclination.

• Technology Demonstration 3: Attitude Control CubeSail is equipped with 3-axis-stabilizing attitude determination and control system. A novel capability of this system is pointing via a centre-of-mass/centre-of-pressure (COM/COP) offset.

• Technology Demonstration 4: Drag Deorbiting -The satellite will deorbit much more quickly than otherwise due to its deployable sail. Satellite pointing will be optimized by the attitude control system for maximum drag.

• Outreach – The satellite will provide beacons for which amateur satellite users and ham radio users will be able to receive. Proposing a 9600 Bit/s AX.25 RC-BPSK downlink

The IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel have coordinated a downlink frequency of 435.240 MHz.

Watch CubeSail flyby

CubeSail
http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ssc/research/space_vehicle_control/cubesail/

The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium takes place on the weekend of July 26-27, 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ, United Kingdom. The event is open to all, further details at
http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/colloquium-2014/

AMSAT-UK http://amsat-uk.ork/
http://facebook.com/amsatuk

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Chelmsford landing planned for Epping SSDV balloons

Friday 11th July 2014

Radio amateur Philip Crump M0DNY plans a number of High Altitude Balloon (HAB) flights this weekend transmitting Slow Scan Digital Video (SSDV).

The launches will take place from Gilwell Park near Epping and the balloons are expected to land around Chelmsford in Essex.

They are planned as part of the Gilwell 24 Scouts Activity event, taking place from 9am Saturday, July 12 through the night to 9am Sunday, July 13 in Gilwell Park. The plan is to monitor predictions/weather, prepare the payload, launch when convenient, then Philip M0DNY will chase, recover and repeat, up to 2 additional times.

The balloons are 100g hwoyees, and so are only expected to reach around 14 km altitude due to the weight, and increasing chances of wet landing for a longer flight. A Raspberry Pi is being used for the SSDV, and will store images as well as short but frequent video clips.

Due to tracker issues Philip may be flying a borrowed SUSF tracker on 434.613 MHz, replacing his one on 424.125 MHz.

The USB frequencies used will be
• 434.200 MHz – G24HAB – 600 baud SSDV
And either:
• 434.125 MHz – GILWELL24 – 50 baud RTTY
Or:
• 434.613 MHz – GILWELL24 – 50 baud RTTY + 300 baud TurboHAB FSK (SSB)

First launch is tentatively scheduled for 2pm BST Saturday. I’ll post updates on Twitter and #highaltitude IRC. There will most likely be a live stream of the launches at http://batc.tv/ch_live.php?ch=3

Dave Akerman M0RPI is also launching on Saturday between 10-11am from Ross On Wye. His balloon will be transmitting on three frequencies one of which will be SSDV.

$$SUPER: 434.500MHz, 300 baud RTTY, 880Hz shift, USB, 8, N, 2, SSDV
$$UAD: 434.480MHz, Domino EX22
$$UAR: 434.475MHz, 50 baud RTTY, 400Hz shift, USB, 7, N, 1

There should be live video streaming on BATC.TV:
http://www.batc.tv/streams/m0rpi
http://www.batc.tv/streams/m0rpi_chase

The chase car is M0RPI_chase.

The balloons should have a radio range of up to 700 km providing coverage over a large part of the British Isles and into Europe.

Online real-time tracking of balloons
http://spacenear.us/tracker/

Beginners Guide to Tracking using dl-fldigi software
http://ukhas.org.uk/guides:tracking_guide

Slow Scan Digital Video (SSDV) Guide
http://ukhas.org.uk/guides:ssdv

To get up-to-date information on balloon flights subscribe to the UKHAS Mailing List by sending a blank email to this address:
ukhas+subscribe@googlegroups.com

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IARU Championship Contest – Special Call VC6IARU

Friday 11th July 2014

Tim Ellam VE6SH, IARU President, will be operating at the Calgary Amateur Radio Association (CARA) club station using the special call VC6IARU as part of a multi-operator, single transmitter team, giving out the rare “AC” multiplier, for members of the IARU Administrative Council.

Both SSB and CW will be used.

The station will be active from 1200 UTC July 12 (Saturday) and ending 1200 UTC July 13 (Sunday).

RAC callsign assigned to VY2

The official RAC HQ station this year is VY2RAC, being operated by a three-man team who requested the call sign more than a year ago. VY2RAC will be the only station sending the exchange “RAC”, standing for the official HQ station of Canada’s IARU Member Society (RAC).

Under the contest rules, there is only one HQ station allowed per member country, although unlike non-HQ stations it can be a multi-transmitter station.

IARU HF Championship info and link to rules may be found on the IARU website: http://www.iaru.org/contests.html

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RTL-SDR transmitting at 1270 MHz

Friday 11th July 2014

Ismo Väänänen OH2FTG has demonstrated how a cheap RTL-SDR Dongle can be used as a very low power transmitter on 1270 MHz

The RTL-SDR Dongle, designed for TV reception, can be bought for around $15 and has proved very popular among radio amateurs as a wideband VHF/UHF receiver.

Ismo's YouTube description says:

The LO in the stick leaks, so it can be abused as a low power transmitter. The receiver is a Kenwood TH-55 1200MHz FM handheld. Filmed at the 2014 SRAL summercamp.

Watch RTL-SDR Transmitting on 1270MHz

RTL-SDR website
http://www.rtl-sdr.com/

Essex Ham RTL-SDR
http://www.essexham.co.uk/news/
realtek-sdr-pc-dongle-for-under-20-pounds.html

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NASA TV coverage of Cygnus cargoship launch to ISS

Friday 11th July 2014

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the upcoming Orbital Sciences Corp.'s mission to resupply the International Space Station.

Photo Right  Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Antares rocket for the Orb-2 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station  is lifted onto the Transporter/Erector/Launcher (TEL).  The stage one core for the next mission, Orb-3,  is on the left Image Credit: Orbital Sciences

Orbital's Cygnus cargo spacecraft is scheduled to launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Launch Pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Friday, July 11 at 1:40 p.m. EDT.

NASA TV will air a comprehensive video feed of launch preparations and other footage related to the mission beginning at 12:30 p.m. Launch coverage on NASA TV will begin at 1 p.m.

On Thursday, July 10, media briefings previewing the mission's science cargo and a prelaunch status from Wallops will be broadcast on NASA TV at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.

The Cygnus will be filled with more than 3,000 pounds of supplies for the station, including science experiments to expand the research capability of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the orbiting laboratory, crew provisions, spare parts and experiment hardware.

Among the research investigations headed to the space station aboard Orbital-2 are a flock of nanosatellites that are designed to take images of Earth, developed by Planet Labs of San Francisco; and a satellite-related investigation called TechEdSat-4 built by NASA's Ames Research Center in California, which aims to develop technology that will eventually enable small samples to be returned to Earth from the space station. In addition, a host of student experiments are being flown in association with the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program, an initiative of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and NanoRacks.

This and future commercial cargo resupply flights will ensure a robust national capability to deliver critical science research to orbit, significantly increasing NASA's ability to conduct new science investigations to the only laboratory in microgravity.

If Cygnus launches as scheduled, the spacecraft will arrive at the space station on Tuesday, July 15. Station commander Steven Swanson of NASA and Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency will be standing by in the station’s cupola to capture the resupply craft with the station's robotic arm and install it on the Earth-facing port of the station's Harmony module.

NASA TV coverage of capture and installation will begin at 6:15 a.m. on July 15. Grapple is scheduled at approximately 7:24 a.m. Coverage of the installation of Cygnus onto Harmony will begin at 9:30 a.m.

For a full update of media activities and more information on the Orbital-2 mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/orbital

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

For video b-roll and media resources on the International Space Station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/stationnews

For more information about International Space Station, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/station

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The GAREC-2014 program has plenty of interest

Thursday 10th July 2014

The emergency communications provided by radio amateurs in the Philippines Super Typhoon will be among many presentations and displays at the Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC), on August 14-15 held in conjunction with Alabama's Huntsville Hamfest.

This is the 9th year the annual event has been held rotationally in the three IARU regions and has become an established event not to be missed by those involved in emergency communications.

GAREC-2014 invites all involved the presentations advanced technologies applied to emergency communications, expect reports on the past 12 months from the three IARU regions, and see displays.

A detailed presentation will be given on the Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) that struck the central part of the Philippines and involved 100 radio amateurs in the HERO (Ham Emergency Radio Operations) Network.

Through the IARU member society the Philippines Amateur Radio Association they trained and prepared for the disaster, helping agencies during the recovery phase.

Other presentations expected to be given are the work of radio amateurs following flooding in Brazil, and the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster in Japan.

Delegates are to see the work of Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network and the Military Auxiliary Radio System. Formal message handling, the National Traffic Service and Third Party Traffic is certain to be discussed.

Attendance at GAREC-2014 also offers the opportunity to attend the big Huntsville Hamfest, an ARRL Centennial Event, on the weekend of August 16-17 2014. (Details at www.hamfest.org/).

If you want to know more about GAREC check out the website http://www.w4ozk.com/GAREC14.htm

The first GAREC was in Tampere Finland in 2005 as a showcase for emergency communications groups to show how they prepare and responded to disasters.

The event has been held in the USA, Germany, Japan, Curacao, South Africa, Malaysia and Switzerland to give more an opportunity to be involved.

The GAREC has set the Centre of Activity frequencies, has a formal understanding with the IARU, and is the only venue to bring together those involved in emergency communications to share ideas and experiences.

Jim Linton VK3PC
Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.

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ISEE-3/ICE spacecraft fires thrusters for a return to Earth

Thursday 10th July 2014

AMSAT-DL report a team of engineers, space enthusiasts and radio amateurs have succeeded in firing the thrusters of the NASA-abandoned ISEE-3/ICE spacecraft

The plan on Tuesday, July 8, was to fire the thrusters for a total of 7 sequences with breaks for telemetry analysis. While this would have resulted in a velocity change of 7 m/s, the course correction is required for the lunar swing-by on August 10, 2014 then to enter a stable orbit around Earth.

However after the first firing sequence the remaining sequences were cancelled due to the returned telemetry data, which is being analyzed. A second attempt was planned for July 9.

The ISEE-3 Reboot Project (IRP) team attempted this main trajectory correction maneuver following a first short thruster firing on Jul 2, which increased the rotation rate of the spacecraft to the required value. This was possible due to international collaboration between the IRP, and a team of AMSAT-DL and Bochum observatory with its 20 m diameter radio telescope which received and processed critical real-time data of the maneuvers.

While the IRP has access to the Arecibo observatory which, at 305 m diameter, is the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world, downlink support from Bochum is required as Arecibo cannot transmit and receive simultaneously.

Two members of the AMSAT-DL Bochum team will be giving presentations on their reception of ISEE-3 at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium on Saturday July 26, 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ, United Kingdom. The event is open to all, further details at
http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/colloquium-2014/

Real-time telemetry from ISEE-3 is displayed at
http://amsat-dl.org/

ISEE-3 http://spacecollege.org/isee3

Read the Daily Mail story at
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2684345/
Zombie-spacecraft-rescued-abyss-fires-thrusters-time-20-years.html

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Thai hams get special permission for 6 metres

Thursday 10th July 2014

Champ, E21EIC, has informed OPDX that the RAST has received special permission/license from the National Broadcasting and Telecommuni-
cations Commission (NBTC) for 6 meters again this year.

Last activity was 4 years ago. This year the NBTC gave special permission to all HAMs in Thailand so they can operate on 6 meters.

Back 4 years ago, the NBTC only gave permission to club stations to operate. This year they are allowing them to operate a total of 48 hours during July 19-20th, 2014 (during the CQWW VHF Contest).

If there are any HF License stations in Thailand who would like to operate on 6m, send a copy of your license to the RAST's Secretary via
E-mail to: e21eic<at>gmail.com

Champ also mentions other changes will be coming within 30 days, including new regulations (by Thai law). Some of the changes mentioned for Thai HAMs are:
1. 2M. 144-146.5
2. 6M 50-54 (Secondary); those who have HF license can operate.
3. VHF license can operate on 10M.
4. Will open an Advance license and allow to operate up to 1000w.
5. 2M license will allow up to 60w. Club station 100w.
6. Allow more club stations and contest callsigns.
7. Those who do not have a license and would like to operate can go to operate at any club station.
8. Reissued callsigns, if any callsign has expired for 2 year.
9. Can use radio HF+50 legally; also amplifier.
10. No Morse send test, only received test.

OPDX

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Is there still room for the vacuum tube?

Thursday 10th July 2014

An interesting story from EE Times Europe which warms the heart of those of us brought up on Valve technology!

Feature Articles
Is there still room for the vacuum tube?
July 02, 2014 | Peter Clarke | 222906503
Bill Schweber asks if there is still a use for some of the old analog components; in particular the vacuum tube, otherwise known as the valve.

For most electrical engineers, the vacuum tube or, more formally, the vacuum electron device (VED), is a quaint curiosity and artifact of the past, and with good reason: The world of solid-state transistors and ICs is where most electronics is these days. Advanced versions and extensions of Lee DeForest's 1906 Audion triode – the first electronic analog amplifier – were critical to making our industry the powerhouse it became. Look at the products of the first half of the 20th century: It's astonishing what skilled scientists, engineers, and manufacturers accomplished using these devices. Even the classic five-tube AM radio, which brought wireless to millions, is an outstanding example of design, cost-effectiveness, and performance.

Various 12AU7 (ECC82) Vacuum Tubes / Valves (Courtesy of Diy Audio Projects.com)

Though no one today is going to build a VED-based computer or cellphone, there are still plenty of VEDs in widespread use. Start with the ubiquitous microwave oven in almost every home: It has a 2.4 GHz, 1 kW magnetron (a typical unit's maximum power) to excite the water molecules in the food.

But the use of VEDs goes well beyond that single mass-market application. I was surprised to read a summary of a report “Microwave and Millimeter Wave High-Power Vacuum Electron Devices: Changes Are Looming on the Horizon” from ABI Research, which claims the annual market for specialized VEDs for military/aerospace markets is over $1 billion annually. Depending on where you sit with respect to the active-electronics components business, that's either a big chunk of money or too small to really think about. The key sentence from the summary is this: "These tubes remain essential elements in specialized military, scientific/medical, and space communications applications."

Reality is that if you need tens of RF watts, at frequencies in the GHz range and higher, or kilowatts for your TV broadcast transmitter in the 100-to-500 MHz range, you're looking at a VED solution. If you are working with microwave and millimeter waves and need high power, you don't have much choice -- at least, not yet.

But what about the future of VEDs?

Predictions about the future are always risky, as any look back at predictions made in the past shows. Still, the report notes that devices based on gallium nitride (GaN) may make significant inroads over the next few years, judging from products that are available now from many vendors or in the immediate pipeline. Perhaps that magnetron in your microwave oven will go GaN solid state before too long?

Nonetheless, for the foreseeable future (which is an unknowable period in the high-tech world), VEDs are here to stay in one form or another, with their wonderful names such as klystron, magnetron, traveling wave tube (TWT), crossed-field amplifier, to cite just a few of their many versions. I just hope that as their use declines, we don’t lose the manufacturing "secret sauce" it takes to make these complex marvels of glass, metal, and ceramic, which can calmly produce and dissipate kilowatts and more.

Are there any other products you know of that we might naïvely assume are "obsolete" (such as the electromechanical relay) but which are actually still going strong?

Bill Schweber, is an engineer, author and editor and this article first appeared on EE Times' Planet Analog website.

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Thursday 10th July 2014

Island activities:

4L, Georgia:
Operators Mamuka, 4L2M, Levan, 4L5C, Shota, 4L5DJ, and 4L2IKA team up under the call 4L0G for the IARU HF World Championship (July 12&13) for the National Assocation of Radioamateurs of Georgia (NARG). QSL via EA7FTR, direct only; Ukrainian stations via bureau to UT7QF.

6Y, Jamaica:
Lali, VE3NE, and his wife Agnes (HG9MAT) plan to join the IARU contest as 6Y3M. Agnes even revived her CW for the event. QRV from July 11 to 14, QSL via VE3NE.

CO, Cuba:
Members of the Federacion de Radioaficionados de Cuba (FRC) will put their HQ stations on the air as T49C, running 8 stations from 8 locations, most of them with low power setups and wire antennas:
QRG Mode OP QTH
160m CW CO2JD; CO2RQ Habana
160m SSB CO2WL Habana
80m CW CO3IT Santa Cruz del Norte
80m SSB CO2WL Habana
40m CW CO7EH Camaguey
40m SSB CO8DM Puerto Padre
20m CW CO8CY Baracoa
20m SSB CO2CW Habana
15m CW CO6RD Sancti Spiritus
15m SSB CO8ZZ Las Tunas
10m CW CO2JD; CO2RQ Habana
10m SSB CM8AKY Chaparra
QSL via K8SIX, direct only.
https://www.facebook.com/raul.verdecie
https://www.facebook.com/lastunascontest.crew?ref=tn_tnmn

C9, Mozambique:
Daniel, ZS6JR, continues to operate holiday-stle as C91JR from Bilene until the 12th. QRV mainly in RTTY and PSK with 100W and a vertical antenna. QSL via GI4FUM, LoTW, eQSL. http://www.3da0ss.net/

CT3, Madeira:
Steve, G0SGB, plans to get on the air from the 11th to the 21st as CT9/G0SGB from Madeira (DIP MA-001, PIP MD-001, WLOTA 0053). His main focus is on activating lighthouses. QRV on 20 and 40m. QSL via homecall, direct only.

DL, Germany:
Germany's team DA0HQ has set minds on defending the title of World Champion in the upcoming IARU contest. DARC offers an award to all stations working DA0HQ and also a sprint tournament in 3 categories. QSL via bureau. http://www.da0hq.de/

E5, South Cook:
Andy, E51AND and Kathy, E51KC, will pay a visit to Mangaia (OC-159), where Kathy will work at the local school, from the 15th to the 19th. Andy will get on the air in SSB and also slow CW, looking for SKCC members. QSLs via E51AND, direct only.
http://www.skccgroup.com/

E7, Bosnia-Herzegovina:
E72NATO marks the cooperation of NATO and Bosnia-Herzegovina established in 2006. QRV until the year's end. QSL via E73Y, ClubLog/OQRS, LoTW, eQSL.

EA, Spain:
Members of the European Ros Club operate the special event station EG5FPN in the context of the Fiestas Patronales Moros y Cristianos until July 20. QSL via EA7HBC, eQSL.
http://www.europeanrosclub.com/en

EA6, Balearic Islands:
Freddy, F5IRO, will be active as EA6/F5IRO from near Palma de Mallorca (EU-004) until the 13th. QRV on 40-10m in CW with a QRP rig. QSL via h/c. http://j28ro.blogspot.fr/

EL, Liberia:
Mahmoud, EL2CE, Dickson, EL2DT, and Richmond, EL2BG, are going to put the Liberia Radio Amateur Association (LRAA) on the air with the call EL2BEN during the IARU championship. The call honours Ben, EL2BA, past president of the LRAA. QSL direct via EL2BG: I. Richmond W.K. Harding, 6141 Clifton Ave. Ext., Jacksonville, FL 32211, USA.

F, France:
The Radio Club Albertin (F5KOU) commemorates the Battle of the Somme with the call TM100BS on the following dates: July 4/5 July 18/19 July 24 and 27 August 1 - 3 September 5/6 September 19/20
http://www.tm1418.fr/crbst_12.html  QSL via F5KOU (B), LoTW, eQSL.

G, England:
Leeds hosted the prologue of this year's Tour de France. Barrie, G1JYB, Stephany, G1LAT, and other members of the Sands Contest Group support the event on the air with the special call GB4TDF until the end of the month. QTH is Hancocks Radio Hut (WAB SD67). QSL via G1LAT, eQSL. http://www.m0scg.org.uk/
http://m0scg.blogspot.de/ https://twitter.com/M0SCG
https://www.facebook.com/SandsContestGroupMx0scg
http://www.radioclubs.net/sands/

MX0EPC is a special event call of the European PSK Club operated by various members. QSL via LZ3HI.

HH, Haiti:
Sergio, PY3SB, remains active from Port-au-Prince until December as HH2/PY3SB. QRV on 40-6m in CW and SSB. QSL direct via homecall, LoTW.

HC, Ecuador:
Members of the Quito Radio Club (HC1QRC) celebrate their club's 82nd anniversary with the call HD082QRC from the 13th to the 23rd. QRV on 160-2m in CW, SSB, and RTTY. QSL via HC1JQ, direct only.

I, Italy:
Italian amateurs join the IARU championship as II0HQ, representing the Associazione Radioamatori Italiani with twelve stations in CW and SSB on all six bands. QSL via bureau, LoTW, eQSL.
http://ari.it/index.php?%20option=com_content&view=
category&layout=blog&id=247&Itemid=266&lang=it

ARI Tortona will get on the air as IQ1TW from Castellania, the birthplace of Fausto Coppi, cycling legend and champion of the 1940s. QRV on July 12&13. For a corresponding award see qrz.com. QSL via bureau.

JA, Japan:
Japanese amateurs join forces as 8N1HQ for the IARU championship from the following locations: Minato-ku, Tokyo Metropolitan Area (FEDXP) 10m/CW and 80m/CW, 75m/SSB; Kimitsu City, Chiba Prefecture (University of Tokyo Contest Club) 15m/CW; Naka Gun, Kanagawa Prefecture (International DX Radio Club) 15m/SSB and 10m/SSB. Outside the contest 8N1HQ may also appear on other bands and modes.  Each QTH has designed individual QSLs; cards come automatically via bureau, LoTW.

Compiled by Klaus, DL7UXG
Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
e-mail: iota@dxhf.darc.de

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Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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A comprehensive review and comparison of benchmark shortwave portables

Thursday 10th July 2014

If you've been seeking a shortwave portable with good sensitivity and SSB, this comprehensive review will give you a chance to hear what are widely considered to be the benchmark portables currently on the market:

http://wp.me/pn3uc-2Di

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Solar flare erupts from unexpected source

Thursday 10th July 2014

On July 8th, Earth-orbiting satellites detected a strong M6-class solar flare.

The flare itself came as little surprise because there is a phalanx of large sunspots crossing the solar disk. However, the source of the flare was unexpected.

Check http://spaceweather.com for more information about the blast site and prospects for additional eruptions in the days ahead

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Beware of Beryllium

Thursday 10th July 2014

We are all warned of the dangers of Beryllium, here is why!

From EE Times Europe
Researchers discover how beryllium causes deadly lung disease
July 04, 2014 | Jean-Pierre Joosting | 222906517

Beryllium is fairly common in the mobile industry and for many years there has been a fair amount of controversy over its use in electronics. Purportedly safe if handled correctly, researchers have discovered the mechanism by which beryllium causes a deadly lung disease. This could help manufacturers ensure their handling protocols work, enable doctors to find a possible treatment strategy, and also, possibly prompt a look at alternative

Using detailed maps of molecular shapes and the electrical charges surrounding them, researchers at National Jewish Health have discovered how the metal beryllium triggers a deadly immune response in the lungs.

In the July 3, 2014, issue of the journal Cell John Kappler, PhD, and his colleagues show how a genetic susceptibility to the disease creates a molecular pocket in an immune system protein, which captures beryllium ions and triggers an inflammatory response in the lungs. The findings describe for the first time an immune response that lies somewhere between classic forms of allergic hypersensitivity and auto-immunity.

"The immune system does not actually 'see' beryllium," said Dr. Kappler. "The beryllium changes the shape of otherwise innocuous self-peptides so that T cells recognize them as foreign and dangerous."

Beryllium is a relatively rare metal whose unique combination of strength and lightness makes it invaluable for various industrial uses, ranging from triggers for nuclear bombs to satellite components, computers and cell phones. It can cause disease when people who work with the metal inhale particles that become lodged in the lungs. People who develop chronic beryllium disease can have varied courses of disease, from stable with medications to progressive lung damage and death.

Not everyone who works with the metal becomes ill. About 85 percent of people who develop chronic beryllium disease have an immune system protein known as HLA-DP2. Cells throughout the body use this molecule to tell the immune system what is going on inside of them. HLA-DP2 sits on the cell surface holding small protein fragments taken from the cell's interior. Immune system sentinels known as T cells bump against HLA-DP2 and its displayed protein fragment. If the protein fragment is derived from the body's own proteins, the T cell ignores it; if it is a foreign peptide, say from a bacterium, virus or other pathogen, the T cell sounds the alarm and triggers an immune response.

HLA-DP2 differs from most other peptide-presenting proteins by a single amino acid. Dr. Kappler and his colleagues performed a series of highly detailed genetic, x-ray diffraction, molecular binding and electrostatic studies to show how this single amino acid can combine with other amino acids from HLA-DP2 and some of its bound self-peptides to create a unique molecular pocket that captures a single beryllium ion along with a sodium ion.

The peptides that bind to HLA-DP2 come from the body's own tissues and normally elicit no immune response. With the beryllium and sodium firmly lodged in the molecular pocket, however, those peptides have a very slightly altered shape and electrical charge, which roving T cells recognize as foreign and dangerous. They initiate an immune response that causes inflammation and scarring in the lungs.

"This response resembles allergic hypersensitivity in that a metal ion causes an allergic reaction," said Dr. Kappler. "But it also resembles autoimmunity in that the immune system is mounting an attack against a self-peptide. It is a new form of immune response, and may lead to new therapeutic strategies to treat and prevent the disease."

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UK radio ham copies Canadian 144 MHz signal

Wednesday 9th July 2014

RSGB VHF Manager John Regnault G4SWX in Suffolk, UK has received a signal from the Canadian station VC1T on 144 MHz

The ARRL report a group of Amateur Radio operators from Atlantic Canada are operating from Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, until July 12 in a bid to complete a 2 meter transatlantic contact and claim the Brendan trophy.

The "Brendan Quest" team is on the air as VC1T from grid GN37os on 144.155 MHz. The group activated on July 4, and a couple of days later, on July 6 at 1341 UTC, G4SWX was able to completely decode an FSK441 transmission from VC1T.

“They attempted to complete the QSO for 4 hours, but were not successful,” the team reported. “However, this reception should qualify for the Brendan Plate.” The team said a station in Ireland was able to copy parts of three transmissions. Because of the initial success, the group now will use FSK441 exclusively in its Brendan bid.

Read the full ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/view/brendan-quest-team-s-2-meter-signal-copied-in-the-uk

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The World ATV QSO Party

Wednesday 9th July 2014

This annual on-air gathering of those involved in the visual mode of Amateur Television will be held on August 29-30.

All of it will be on the Melbourne-Geelong VK3RTV repeater and streamed through the British Amateur Television Club.

This is the 4th annual World Digital ATV QSO Party which was originally a part of the centenary for Amateur Radio Victoria.

The event is on Friday the 29th and Saturday the 30th August involves anchors in England, the USA and Australia. Other countries are most welcome to join.

Friday night will be VK-only including links to new digital repeater VK5RDC at Port Pirie, and possibly joined by VK4RKC in Brisbane.

Australians can work through their local ATV repeaters and net controllers are to provide the Internet links. Those ATVers not within repeater range may pre-arrange to Skype-in direct to master controller Peter VK3BFG.

On the Saturday there will be four net controllers - Peter VK3BFG, Don KE6BXT, Art WR8DMC and for the first time Noel G8GTZ. International repeaters are W6ATN, WR8ATV, GB3HV and possibly GB3SQ and GB3KM.

The event is basically a show and tell format that uses a combination of direct inputs for those within range of ATV repeaters, and contributions via Skype.

Jim Linton VK3PC

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Modifying the Signalink USB Interface

Wednesday 9th July 2014

Geoff White G8APM found that his SignaLink USB interface didn't cover the full 500 Hz to 2500 Hz bandwidth needed for advanced data modes

His SignaLink bandwidth appeared to be about 600 Hz to 2500 Hz but after modification Geoff was able to achieve a flat response from 320 to 2500 Hz.

You can download the PDF of his article from
http://rosmodem.wordpress.com/2011/11/02/
signalink-usb-modifications/

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Free On-line Electrical Engineering Course

Wednesday 9th July 2014

A new Massive Open On-line Course (MOOC) covers Analogue/Digital Electronics, AC/DC Circuits, Electromechanics and an introduction to C programming.

Over the last few months here at Liverpool we have been putting together a MOOC (Massive Open On-line Course) which introduces aspects of electrical engineering. The course starts in September, but you can sign up now. It's free and there are no gimmicks.

The link to the MOOC info is here:
https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/electrify

Any ideas on how to make this course better are welcome.

Matt O’Rourke
MOOC developer
Liverpool University On-line Electrical Engineering Course

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First the good news, then the very good news

Wednesday 9th July 2014

Panasonic announced that they will scrap production of Plasma TVs, now Samsung have made a similar announcement - 'Samsung is to stop producing plasma televisions (PDP TVs) by 30 November'.

It said falling demand meant it would instead focus on producing curved and ultra-high-definition (UHD) TVs. "

This is very good news for the HF spectrum, but will not reduce efforts to improve emission standards for frequencies below 30MHz. The existing standards are based on conducted emissions at the connection ports of the apparatus - pressure has been building for many years now to have radiated emission test.

This will be an important step forward with so many new devices/ apparatus polluting the HF spectrum.

Work continues in CISPR to bring about this change, with radio amateurs leading the thinking.

John - G8MM

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PhD student receives FUNcube Dongle SDR

Tuesday 8th July 2014

Graham Kirkby, a PhD student in the Space Environment and Radio Engineering group, School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering, has won the prize for the best student presentation at the 2014 UK CubeSat Forum Workshop

The University of Birmingham reports the workshop was hosted by the Satellite Applications Catapult and brought together 150 representatives from over 100 organisations in the UK and international CubeSat community.

Graham’s research focuses on the development of antennas for the Wideband Ionospheric CubeSat Sounder Experiment (WISCER). CubeSats are small satellites that conform to the CubeSat standard developed by CalPoly and Stanford University. WISCER is a 3U cubesat (10×10×30 cm) that aims to provide measurements of the wideband ionospheric radio channel as a precursor to future space radars.

The prize included a FUNcube Dongle Pro, kindly donated by AMSAT-UK. This is a small USB software defined radio that has been developed to allow communications with the FUNcube CubeSat.

Story source University of Birmingham
http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/eece/news/UK-cubesat-forum-workshop.aspx

FUNcube Dongle SDR
http://FUNcubeDongle.com/

AMSAT-UK http://amsat-uk.org/
https://www.facebook.com/amsatuk

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New SOTA/UKuG Distance Awards

Tuesday 8th July 2014

In conjunction with the Summits on the Air programme, the UK Microwave Group is launching new distance awards for the microwave bands

The awards will be administered by SOTA.

The blog post below gives the basic rules and early reaction to the launch of the new scheme. More publicity will follow in Scatterpoint in due course. http://sotawatch.org/reflector.php?topic=9634

John G3XDY
UKuG Awards Manager

UK Microwave Group
http://www.microwavers.org/

Scatterpoint Newsletter Archive
http://www.scatterpoint.org/

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Wouxun X1M Pro QRP transceiver reviewed

Tuesday 8th July 2014

Essex Ham have published a review on the new Wouxun X1M Pro (Platinum) QRP Transceiver

The Wouxun X1M Pro is a budget low-powered HF rig that covers 0.1 to 30 MHz.

Priced at around £250, this makes for a great low-cost entry way into HF. You can buy this either as a kit, or fully assembled.

Steve Smith 2E0UEH has written the review which can be seen at
http://www.essexham.co.uk/news/wouxun-x1m-pro-qrp-review.html
 

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UK Radio Hams in USA for WRTC

Monday 7th July 2014

There are two UK teams taking part in the World Radiosport Team Championship July 8-14, 2014 in the New England region of the USA

The two UK teams are
- Kazunori “Kazu” Watanabe M0CFW and Gerry Lynch GI0RTN
- Olof Lundberg G0CKV and Mark Haynes M0DXR

The teams do not know which callsigns they will be using until near the start of the event.

The World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) is a competition between two-person teams of amateur radio operators testing their skills to make contacts with other Amateur Radio operators around the world over a 24 hour period. Unlike most on-the-air competitions, all stations are required to use identical antennas from the same geographic region, eliminating all variables except operating ability.

WRTC2014 will include 59 competing teams from 29 qualifying regions around the world. This will be the largest and most competitive WRTC ever!

During the event their will be a live scoreboard with updates every 5 minutes during the competition at
http://sb.wrtc2014.org/

UK Team member profiles
http://www.wrtc2014.org/western-europe-team-3-tl-m0cfwjk3gad-kazunori-kazu-watanabe/
http://www.wrtc2014.org/western-europe-team-3-tm-gi0rtn-gerry-lynch/
http://www.wrtc2014.org/western-europe-team-4-tl-g0ckv-olof-lundberg/
http://www.wrtc2014.org/western-europe-team-4-tm-m0dxr-mark-haynes/

World Radiosport Team Championship
http://www.wrtc2014.org/

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 7th July 2014

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 29th-June, through Sunday, 6th-July there were 203 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY,

K, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S5, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,

V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP5, VP8, VR, VU, XE, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

OPDX

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 7th July 2014

Island activities:

AF-040. Markus, DJ4EL, will be active as 5Z4/DJ4EL from Lamu Island, Kenya, between October 4-19th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. QSL also via the LoTW.

AS-081. Operators Sung/HL5YI, Ho-Jong/DS5ACV, Rho/DS5BRE, Kim/DS5DNO and Tae-Hong/DS5QLJ will be active as homecall/p from Kadok Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a High-Power/24-HRS entry. QSL via their home callsigns, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW.

EU-016. Tom, 9A2CU, who lives in the city of Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia, is currently operating from the Island of Hvar in the Adriatic Sea (WW Loc. JN83HE and IOCA CI-028) and will stay there approximately until mid-July. He states, "I'm trying to be active on HF bands as the time permits (mostly CW on 40, 20 and 15 meters, depending on propagation conditions, mainly after 1900 UTC)." Operations is good towards the "Islands Of Croatia Award" (IOCA). Visit his Web page for more details and updates at: http://www.hamqth.com/9A2CU
For more details on the IOCA, see:
Rules: http://ioca.hamradio.hr/images/pdf/ioca_pravila_1.pdf
(in Croatian only for now, use Google translate please).
An older version of rules in English also exists at:
http://www.inet.hr/9a6aa/IOCA_IOTA/rule.htm
He states, "the best way to check the rules is to contact 9A3SM, the Awards' manager." Islands list is available at: Sorted by CI numbers --
http://ioca.hamradio.hr/images/pdf/
ioca_list_of_islands_by_ci_number.pdf

Sorted alphabetical --
http://ioca.hamradio.hr/images/pdf/
ioca_list_of_islands_alphabetical_order.pdf

EU-057. Joachim, DL5KUD, will once again be active from Ruegen Island (O-07 for the German Islands Award) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/CW/12-HRS/Low-Power entry. QSL via DL5KUD, by the Bureau or OQRS.

EU-146. Louis, PA0LCE, and members of the UBA/WRC will be active as PF14A from Schouwen Duiveland, Netherlands, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-op entry. QSL via ON4ON.

EU-162. Operators RZ1ZZ, RA1ZZ, UA1ZZ, UA1ZKI, RD1A, R1AZ, RA3AV, RK3AW, RZ5D, RT2D, R3LA, RW3QNZ, RX3QP, RG3K and UA3QPA will be active as RI1N from the Glov Island, European Russia, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/DXpedition/24-HRS/High-Power entry. QSL via RT2D.

NA-069. Jens-Christian, DL2RMM, will be active as K2RMM/4 from Sanibel Island, Florida, between July 20th and August 1st. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL via DL2RMM only.

NA-083. Art, NN7A, will operate as NN7A/4 from Chincoteague Island between July 7-13th. Activity will be all CW and holiday style running 100 watts into a wire and vertical antennas. QSL via NN7A, direct or by the Bureau.

NA-083. Carroll, KS4TL, will be active as K4P from Chincoteague Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Island entry. This is a special event station in honor of the Chincoteague's 89th Annual Pony Swim, July 21st- August 4th. QSL via KS4TL.

NA-092. Operators Ron/K5HM and Matt/K5NGU will be active as N5T from Mustang Island (USI TX-011S, Nueces County, Texas) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/Island entry. QSL via N5T.

NEW IOTAs ANNOUNCED.
Several sources are reporting that 11 new IOTAs have been announced to coincide with the 50th anniversary IOTA convention. They are:

1) AF-118P - Los Farallones and Jaegerschmidt, Morocco (CN)
2) NA-247P - St. Maarten's Coastal Islands (PJ7)
3) AF-119P - Coetivy Island, Seychelles (S7)
4) EU-190P - Viktoriya Island, Franz Josef Land (RI1)
5) OC-296P - Tobi and Helen, Palau (T8)
6) AS-200P - Shikoku Coastal Islands, Japan (JA5)
7) AS-201P - Sea of Marmara Island, Turkey (TA)
8) AS-202P - Hawar Island, Bahrain (A9)
9) AS-203P - Sea of Okhotsk Coast Group, Asiatic Russia (UA0X)
10) EU-191P - Fericirii Island, Romania [split with Ukraine] (YO)
11) NA-248P - Nunavut (Devon) Island, Canada (VY0)

Compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW OPDX

RSGB IOTA website

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

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picoLog free Android Logger

Saturday 5th July 2014

Essex-based Ham, Charlie M0PZT has released a FREE logging application for Android devices.

It's designed for use with a tablet and QWERTY keyboard to allow for simple /P logging or in situations where a laptop (or pen+paper) are not convenient.

Charlie explains: "As I cycle to all my /P locations, I don't like to take anything too large - That ruled-out my 15" Windows laptop and as my smartphone is too small the logical answer was a tablet. The one I have offers a 9" screen and cost £42. It works brilliantly... and I don't have to decipher my badly scribbled QSO notes when I get home!"

picoLog creates an ADIF file as each QSO is made and this can then be imported into your existing Shack logging software.

The software is free to download from Charlie's website: http://www.m0pzt.com/?picolog

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Atlantic Hurricane Season 2014

Saturday 5th July 2014

On the IARU Region 1 site Greg Mossop G0DUB reports on the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season

Hurricane Arthur tracking up the East coast of the USA marks the first storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season this year.

Emergency nets are active in the USA in preparation for this hurricane, playing their part in gathering and distributing information for the weather and emergency services as they do every year.

Radio Amateurs in Region 1 are reminded that the following frequencies may be in use by nets in North and Central America to track and deal with the consequences of these severe weather events. It is possible for Region 1 amateurs to cause unintentional QRM to these nets so please listen carefully if operating near these frequencies:

Caribbean Emergency & Weather Nets: 7.162 & 3.815 MHz
Eastern Caribbean Narrow Band Emergency System Net: 7.036 MHz USB (Olivia & MT63)
Caribbean Emergency: 14.185 MHz
Republica Dominicana: 7.065 & 3.780 MHz
Cuba: 7.045, 7.080, 7.110, and 3.740 MHz
Central America: 7.090 & 3.750 MHz
Nicaragua: 7.098 MHz
Guatemala: 7.075 MHz
Panama: 7.085 MHz
Mexico: 7.060 & 3.690 MHz

USA:
Maritime Mobile Service Net: 14.300 MHz
Hurricane Watch Net: 14.325 MHz
Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN): 14.265 MHz

Other local emergency communications groups may also activate if a hurricane approaches their area and those frequencies would be announced at the time.

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

G0DUB on Twitter
@g0dub

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UKube-1 launch information

Friday 4th July 2014

The UKube-1 CubeSat carrying and amateur radio SSB/CW transponder is scheduled to launch from Pad 31/6 at Baikonur in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 15:58:28 UT

It should be deployed from the final stage of the Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat-M launch vehicle at 18:32:42 UT

The UKube-1 Operations Team has just issued their Launch Briefing. This is accompanied by a spreadsheet showing the anticipated UK passes for the first orbits together with a worksheet showing the telemetry equations.

These documents can be downloaded at
http://funcube.org.uk/news/

UKube-1 carries a number of experiments and payloads and also the FUNcube-2 transponder and telemetry sub-system. This is intended to support the current, very successful, operations of FUNcube-1 and to provide an even better operational capability for schools and colleges to use for hands on educational outreach around the world.

Further details of the educational outreach opportunities are available here:
http://funcube.org.uk/education-outreach/

When the FUNcube-2 sub-system is activated, the 1k2 BPSK telemetry will be downlinked on 145.915 MHz in the same way as already happens with FUNcube-1.

A new FUNcube-2 Dashboard UI will be released shortly. This will integrate directly with the existing FUNcube Central Data Warehouse and existing usernames and authorisation codes can be re-used.

When the transponder is activated, the downlink passband will be 145.930 to 145.950 MHz and the uplink passband will be 435.080 to 435.060 MHz.

It is anticipated that the FUNcube sub-system may be tested for short periods during the next few weeks depending upon how the LEOP plan progresses.

AMSAT-UK personnel will be supporting the UKube-1 operations team at Chilbolton during the immediate post launch period and will be ensuring that regular status reports are made available via the #cubesat IRC channel. A web client is available at http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=#cubesat

AMSAT-UK and their colleagues at AMSAT-NL, are delighted that UKube-1 is carrying this FUNcube sub-system and wishes every success to the UKube Operations Team and to all the many contributors to the project.

UKube-1 frequencies:
• 145.840 MHz Telemetry downlink
• 145.915 MHz FUNcube subsystem beacon
• 400 mW inverting linear transponder for SSB and CW
- 435.080 -435.060 MHz Uplink
- 145.930 -145.950 MHz Downlink
• 2401.0 MHz S Band Downlink
• 437.425-437.525 MHz UKSEDS myPocketQub Downlink

FUNcube website
http://www.funcube.org.uk/

FUNcube Yahoo Group
http://amsat-uk.org/funcube/yahoo-group/

FUNcube Forum
http://forum.funcube.org.uk/

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German radio hams get 70 MHz access

Friday 4th July 2014

The German Federal Network Agency has approved the use of 70.000 to 70.030 MHz by Class A radio amateurs from July 2 until August 31, 2014.

The DARC report the restrictions are similar to those for the 50 MHz band: 25 watts EIRP, all transmission types, maximum bandwidth 12 kHz horizontal antenna polarization. This means that in Germany for the first time since 1957, 4m working opportunities within the amateur radio service are possible.

The DARC say they will work with the agencies involved so that a permanent solution for access to the 4 m band, with its interesting propagation conditions is found.

DARC in Google English
http://tinyurl.com/GermanyDARC

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DATV-Express Project - June update

Friday 4th July 2014

Ken W6HHC provides the latest news on the Digital Amateur Television DATV-Express project

Writing in the DigitalATV Yahoo Group he says:

In June, v2.02 software for Ubuntu was released and fixes the composite video problem that some users encountered with PVR-150 boards. Since the release, users have discovered that there is one bug on v2.02 where the PCR time-stamp calculations got broken a bit. The PCR bug only affects old DVB-S receivers that have very small buffers. The symptom is the audio drops-out-then-returns (if “lip sync” feature is used) on old (for example) Tandberg receivers. A fix is planned future v2.03 (see v2.03 discussions below).

Also, an “experimental” draft of v2.02 for ARM software (tested on the RKM MK802iv single-board-computer) was posted for downloads on the main DATV-Express web site. The team had received a number of requests for the ARM-compatible software from hams who were curious and just wanted to try it. But CAUTION…the ARM software is not being released…just being made available without technical support for the curious.


The DATV-Express project team launched a forum for technical support.... instead of encouraging private e-mails for support. This standalone forum will allow a list of old topics which can become a consolidated history of past questions, issues, and solutions to specific questions and issues....for new board owners. That is: this forum becomes a form of FAQ. You must subscribe to see the forum. Subscribe by sending an email to: DATV-Express-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

After joining, the DATV-Express Support Forum can be seen at
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/DATV-Express/info

Charles G4GUO has ordered his ODROID model U3 quadcore ARM small microPC board that he hopes will replace the goal of using Raspberry PI (single-core ARM is too slow) or RKM MK802iv (current PicUntu OS kernel does not share CPU-loading on multi-cores well (it needs SMP support in the kernel) with DATV-Express board. The ODROID-U3 appears to have a much more active software community than MK802iv.

One ham purchased a new Hauppauge HVR-1950 USB MPEG-2 encoder from Amazon and was sent a newer HVR-1955 model that will not install on Ubuntu!! It turns out that Hauppauge have released two new models: HVR-1955 for NTSC cameras and a more universal model HVR-1975 for both PAL and NTSC cameras. But the drivers for LINUX have not yet been officially released (coming soon from Hauppauge). The DATV-Express does not expect these units to be compatible with DATV-Express until:
- Hauppauge releases the HVR-1975 linux driver (maybe in July?)
- Ubuntu organization adds the HVR-1975 driver to the v12.04.4 release (maybe as a “get-update”??).

Charles is currently working on a new v2.03 release for Ubuntu that will have two changes:
- Add UDP video input capabilities to the DATV-Express software
- Fix the latest PCR “audio dropout” issue with small-buffer-receivers seen in v2.02

The main priorities of the project team for the next month will be to focus on releasing v2.03 and to begin testing with the new ODROID-U3 quadcore-ARM microPC.

“medium speed ahead”….
de Ken W6HHC

DATV-Express
http://www.DATV-Express.com/

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Friedrichshafen 2014 a success

Friday 4th July 2014

The Swiss national amateur radio society (UKSA) is reporting that the Friedrichshafen Ham Radio event was a great success with  attendance up by some 1800 visitors on 2013.

In 2014 there were 17,100 visitors a significant increase from the 15,300 in 2013.

The above photos show the group from WADARC with Lake Constance in the background.  (Thanks to Denis for the left hand photo.)

This year the Maker World 2014 was held in parallel with the Ham Radio event and this attracted many Hackers and Makers.

One of the highlights of the event was the launch of a balloon carrying an amateur radio transmitter.

Read the USKA Friedrichshafen report in Google English
http://tinyurl.com/Friedrichshafen-2014

Watch DARC-TV Ham Radio 2014

The event also featured on SWR television in Baden-Württemberg
http://www.swr.de/landesschau-bw/friedrichshafen-friedrichshafen-auf-der-amateurfunk-messe-ham-radio/-/id=122182/did=13664846/
nid=122182/1uly1n0/index.html

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New Italian QRP transceiver HF to 4m

Friday 4th July 2014

A rather impressive new transceiver from Italy, with touch screen HF to 4 metres!

Beware annoying music and camera work!!

WEB SITE
http://metrovna.webnode.it/
http://iz7ldg.webnode.it/
http://www.arifidenza.it/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=240711

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29.6 MHz FM Transceiver Kit

Friday 4th July 2014

Indo-Ware Electronics have released a promotional video for a handheld 29.6 MHz FM transceiver kit

The crystal controlled transceiver is said to be capable of 5 watts.

Watch 29.6MHz Homebrew RX signal from BI7IOL distance 2289.3 km

Further information at
http://indo-ware.com/produk-2969-296-mhz-fm-transceiver-handheld-ham-radio-kit.html

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Samsung to end polluting Plasma TVs

Friday 4th July 2014

Samsung has announced it is to stop the manufacture of Plasma TV screens, plasma sets have caused widespread RF pollution

The company says it expects to cease manufacture on November 30, it is hoped other makers of polluting plasma TV's will follow their example.

Read the BBC News report at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology/

Read the CNET story
http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/samsung-reportedly-ending-plasma-tv-production/

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Vintage BBC World Service documentary

Friday 4th July 2014

Hang On I'll Speak to the World, a 1982 documentary on BBC World Service, is available on YouTube

This first part has a section on BBC Monitoring Caversham and Nairobi.

Part-1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhaWXvOASRY
Part-2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4iEV_VItHE
Part-3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH_vpsasmwo
Part-4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA46nHPXRZY
 

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Fewer UK Ham Radio exam passes in 2013

Thursday 3rd July 2014

The RCF Examination Committee have released their report on the amateur radio exams for 2013, it shows fewer people passed in 2013

In 2012, 1599 candidates passed the Foundation but the figures released by the RCF Examination Committee show that only 1508 passed Foundation in 2013. Pass totals for the Intermediate and Advanced were also down.

Download the report from
http://www.commsfoundation.org/rce/pdf/
Examination_Committee_Report_2013.pdf


Radio Communications Foundation (RCF)
http://www.commsfoundation.org/

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Ofcom Monitoring targets S-RSL broadcasts

Thursday 3rd July 2014

Ofcom are conducting a monitoring exercise of S-RSL broadcasts in July and August

Short-term Restricted Service Licences (S-RSL) are granted for coverage of events, for special projects and for trials (in preparation for applying for a longer-term licence such as a community radio licence).

The licences are usually issued for a maximum of 28 consecutive days, however, during Ramadan and Eid they may be licenced for a maximum of 32 days.

The Ofcom Broadcast Bulletin, Issue 257, says

Ofcom licenses S-RSLs, which are normally granted for coverage of special events, trial services and other special on-off projects. These licences are granted on a temporary basis (often only for a few weeks) and are only available to specific and often small geographical areas.
In 2013, Ofcom issued a total of 257 S-RSL licences.

Ofcom formally notifies S-RSL broadcasters that we are conducting a monitoring exercise of S-RSL broadcasts in July and August.

S-RSL broadcasters are put on notice that any serious or repeated failings in this area will result in Ofcom taking further regulatory action, for example, the consideration of the imposition of statutory sanctions
.

Ofcom staff may have quite a few stations to listen to since S-RSL stations are especially popular during Ramadan which this year runs from June 29 to July 27.

Read the Ofcom Broadcast Bulletin, Issue 257
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/enforcement/
broadcast-bulletins/obb257/obb257.pdf


Draws for short-term analogue radio broadcasts (SRSLs) for June/July 2014
http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/radio-broadcast-licensing/
restricted-service-licences/results-summer-14


Ofcom Radio restricted service licences
http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/radio-broadcast-licensing/
restricted-service-licences/

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GB7WP D-Star Repeater

Wednesday 2nd July 2014

PLEASE NOTE ::: GB7WP has developed a fault and has been turned off while the problem is being investigated.

Our apologies for the inconvenience .. please check here regularly for updates.

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Chelmsford 434 MHz balloon heads into Europe

Wednesday 2nd July 2014

On Tuesday, July 1 at 19:50 BST Chris Stubbs M6EDF launched a balloon CARS-1 from the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society meeting at Oaklands Museum

The meeting was well attended despite many members having to go to Danbury that evening for amateur radio exams. Chris explained what is involved in building and launching a balloon and tracking their 434 MHz signal. He mentioned that he'd first become interested in high altitude balloons after seeing Jason Bradbury 2E0JAB launch one on TV.

The CARS-1 balloon, carrying a 434.300 MHz USB FSK telemetry transmitter, rose to an altitude of about 4600 metres, enabling its signal to be received over much of Southern England and Northern France. As of July 2, 00:45 BST the balloon, which had cost Chris over £60, was over the English Channel heading south. The battery should last for 24 hours.

Radio amateurs in the UK and France were capturing the telemetry data from the balloon and feeding it into the UKHAS server making it available to everyone online. You can see the real-time track of the balloon at
http://spacenear.us/tracker/?filter=CARS1

Read the full Essex Ham report on the meeting at
http://www.essexham.co.uk/news/cars1-hab.html

Watch EssexHam: High Altitude Balloon Tracking
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bb5bZ6QTw4

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Broadcast Digital Radio Technical Codes and Guidance

Wednesday 2nd July 2014

The UK communications regulator Ofcom has issued updates and amendments to the Broadcast Digital Radio Technical Code and Guidance following the consultation published on April 11, 2014

In their consultation, Ofcom made a number of proposals for amending the technical documents. They set out the points made by respondents to each of them, together with our response to any alternative proposals or related points.

Ofcom Statement
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/
digital-radio-tech-codes/statement/

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VHF troposcatter DX opportunity

Wednesday 2nd July 2014

F6HTJ the keeper of the F5ZAL VHF beacon has added the latest Opera OP05 , 30 second Tx time beacon to his 2 Meter Beacon.

In a post to the Yahoo Opera user group Michel announced:

Hello all; for information with last Opera software version (1500 Hz tone)

Op05 F5ZAL/b frequency is 144.474,5 MHz usb

Antenna is an omni big-wheel but bad take-off to North-East

When strong tropo conditions, the CW beacon has been received in south G, EI, ON, DL, HB, I8, IG9, 9H

More information:
http://www.f8bsy.com/ref66/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1210

Thanks for any Op05 or CW report.

73 de Michel F6HTJ

 

Notes :-

Opera is a free running beacon system , using on/off keying and may be received by the ‘normal’ SSB-USB data mode reception , feeding recovered audio to the Windows based decoding software

The Windows package , provides a complete Tx/Rx facility , noting that the encoded QRG of 114.180 MHz is for the establishment of AD-Hoc beacons , F5ZAL/B has an allocated QRG = 144.475.500 MHz (usb)

Opera is linked to the PSK-Reporter map https://www.pskreporter.info/pskmapn.html

The software may be downloaded from
http://rosmodem.wordpress.com/

User groups https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/O_P_E_R_A_/info

https://www.facebook.com/groups/operadatamode/

Monitors would be most welcome !

73
Graham G0NBD

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May and June RSGB Board Meetings

Wednesday 2nd July 2014

The RSGB Board proceedings for May and June are now available on the RSGB website

The June proceedings note a dramatic drop of 13% in candidates for the Intermediate exam.

Proceedings of the RSGB Board meeting held May 24, 2014
https://thersgb.org/membersonly/board/proceedings-and-reports/
05-24-2014-board-proceedings.pdf


Proceedings of the RSGB Board meeting held June 21, 2014
https://thersgb.org/membersonly/board/proceedings-and-reports/
06-21-2014-board-proceedings.pdf


Previous RSGB Board proceedings
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 amateurs under the age of 21 and to licensed amateurs aged 21-25 in full time education
http://www.rsgbshop.org/acatalog/PDF/join_us_form_junior.pdf

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Ofcom - RSGB Meeting

Wednesday 2nd July 2014

The RSGB met with Ofcom on June 12, one of the items raised was a K Regional Secondary Locator for Cornwall (Kernow)

Many parts of the British Islands have their own Regional Secondary Locator (RSL) to create distinctive prefixes, e.g. D for Isle of Man.
The Shetland Islands (Zetland) have an unusual situation where the Z character is only used for Contest Stations but not for normal stations. Working stations with such callsigns seems to be popular with Prefix collectors.

The Poldhu Amateur Radio Club have submitted a proposal to Ofcom to introduce K as an optional RSL for amateur stations operating from Cornwall. Ofcom have said they will respond in due course.

Also at the meeting the RSGB reported on the difficulty of attracting youngsters into the hobby.

Read the RSGB report of the meeting at
http://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/rsgb-notices/2014/06/27/
ofcom-rsgb-forum-12-june-2014/

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AmateurLogic 67: Dayton Hamvention 2014

Tuesday 1st July 2014

Join George and Tommy as they visit the Mother of all Hamfests, Dayton Hamvention.

We met many old and new friends. Plus lots of information on all the new digital products on the horizon.
1:27:56 in the magical world of Hamvention.

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DX Cluster .. Service for Club Members

Our local packet DX-Cluster GB7MDX (run by Bob G4UJS) is located near Whixall
in Shropshire.  It is hard-wired to GB7MDX is GB7UJS, a Linux Server running DXspider
by G1TLH permanently connected to the internet and the worldwide packet cluster network.

This is an experimental Telnet link to our local DX-Cluster from this page.  If you
are a licensed radio amateur, click on GB7UJS and enter your callsign to log-in.

If you experience any problems in making the connection, please read the HELP file.

All connections are recorded, so please do not abuse
this facility otherwise it will be withdrawn.

Click here for the full on-line manual for DXspider on GB7UJS.

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