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School shortlist for Tim Peake Space Station contact

Wednesday 15th July 2015

On Tuesday, July 14 at the UK Space Conference in Liverpool the names were announced of the UK schools which have won the opportunity to contact UK astronaut Tim Peake (photo right)  via amateur radio during his mission to the International Space Station.

Tim holds the call sign KG5BVI and is expected to use the special call GB1SS from the amateur radio station in the Columbus module of the ISS.

Tim will launch to the ISS in December of this year and will spend 6 months working and living in space.

The Amateur Radio competition is a collaboration between the UK Space Agency, the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Selected schools will host a direct link-up with the ISS during a two-day, space related STEM workshop which will be the culmination of a large range of learning activities using space as a context for teaching throughout the curriculum.

ARISS UK (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) will provide and set up all necessary radio equipment such as low earth orbit satellite tracking antennas and radios, to establishing a fully functional, direct radio link with the ISS from the schools’ very own premises. In a ten-minute window when the ISS will be over the UK, an amateur radio contact will be established with Tim, and students will be able to ask him questions about his life and work on board the ISS.

Owing to the nature of scheduling the links, which is dependent on geography, the exact orbit of the ISS and the crew schedules, the exact dates and times for possible links will not be known until 2 weeks before the link up is scheduled. The shortlisted schools will all be prepared for such scheduling challenges and, by having a number of schools, we can ensure that all links are used.

Jeremy Curtis, Head of Education at the UK Space Agency, said:

"We’re delighted with the amount of interest in this exciting project and look forward to working with the selected schools as they make a call into space."

"Both Tim’s space mission and amateur radio have the power to inspire young people and encourage them into STEM subjects. By bringing them together we can boost their reach and give young people around the UK the chance to be involved in a space mission and a hands-on project that will teach them new skills."

The following schools have been shortlisted for a possible ARISS call with Tim whilst he is in orbit on the ISS:

• Ashfield Primary School, Otley, West Yorkshire
• The Derby High School, Derby
• The Kings School, Ottery St Mary
• Norwich School, Norwich
• Oasis Academy Brightstowe, Bristol
• Powys Secondary Schools Joint, Powys
• Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth
• Sandringham School, St Albans
• St Richard’s Catholic College, Bexhill-on-Sea
• Wellesley House School, Broadstairs

John Gould, G3WKL, President of the RSGB, said:

"The Radio Society of Great Britain will be delighted to support shortlisted schools by teaching their pupils about amateur radio and helping them through their licence exams where appropriate. Members of our Youth Committee are based across the UK and will be keen to visit the chosen schools in their area and chat to the pupils."

The ARISS UK Operations team will now work with the shortlisted schools to prepare them for this exceptional opportunity during the mission of the first British ESA Astronaut.

ARISS Europe

AMSAT-UK http://amsat-uk.org/

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ISS SSTV July 18-19 on 145.800 MHz FM

Wednesday 15th July 2015

ARISS SSTV images will be transmitted this weekend from the amateur radio station in the ISS Russian Service Module to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz Mission

40 years ago this week, the historic joint Apollo-Soyuz mission was conducted. Apollo-Soyuz (or Soyuz-Apollo in Russia) represented the first joint USA-Soviet mission and set the stage for follow-on Russia-USA space collaboration on the Space Shuttle, Mir Space Station and the International Space Station.

The Soyuz and Apollo vehicles were docked from July 17-19, 1975, during which time joint experiments and activities were accomplished with the 3 USA astronauts and 2 Soviet Cosmonauts on-board. Apollo-Soyuz was the final mission of the Apollo program and the last USA human spaceflight mission until the first space shuttle mission in 1981.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of this historic international event, the ARISS team has developed a series of 12 Slow Scan Television (SSTV) images that will be sent down for reception by schools, educational organizations and ham radio operators, worldwide. The SSTV images are planned to start sometime Saturday morning, July 18 and run through Sunday July 19. These dates are tentative and are subject to change. The SSTV images can be received on 145.80 MHz and displayed using several different SSTV computer programs that are available on the internet.

We encourage you to submit your best received SSTV images to:

The ARISS SSTV image gallery will post the best SSTV images received from this event at:

Also, as a special treat, on Saturday July 18 the ISS Cosmonauts will take time out to conduct an ARISS contact with students attending the Moon Day/Frontiers of Flight Museum event in Dallas Texas. This Russian Cosmonaut-USA Student contact is planned to start around 16:55 UTC through the W6SRJ ground station located in Santa Rosa, California. ARISS will use the 145.800 MHz FM voice frequency downlink (same as the SSTV downlink) for the Moon Day contact.

For more information on ARISS, please go to our web site:

The ARISS international team would like to thank our ARISS-Russia colleague, Sergey Samburov, RV3DR, for his leadership on this historic commemoration.

[ANS thanks Frank H. Bauer, KA3HDO, ARISS International Chair for the above information]

ISS Slow Scan TV information and links

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PMR 446 - CEPT ECC Decision

Wednesday 15th July 2015

CEPT ECC Decision (15)05 regarding 446 MHz PMR was approved on July 3, 2015 repealing the earlier ERC/DEC/(98)25 and ECC/DEC/(05)12

Currently experimenters in the UK are operating Internet Linked Repeaters in the 446.0-446.2 MHz band, such systems could be impacted when Ofcom eventually implements the Decision which says:

d) that analogue and digital PMR 446 radio equipment is hand portable (no base station or repeater use) and uses integral antennas only in order to maximise sharing and minimise interference;

9. that all PMR 446 equipment is hand portable and shall use only integral antenna and an effective radiated power not exceeding 500 mW, while any base station, repeater or fixed infrastructure use is excluded;

Integral antenna: antenna designed as a fixed part of the equipment (without the use of an external connector) which cannot be disconnected from the equipment by a user with the intent to connect another antenna.

Hand portable station: equipment fitted with an integral antenna, normally used on a stand-alone basis, to be carried on a person or held in the hand.

Download the full Decision at

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Friedrichshafen informal C5 meeting

Wednesday 15th July 2015

An informal IARU Region 1 VHF/UHF/Microwave (C5) meeting at Friedrichshafen discussed the New Radio Project

Mike OE3MZC, presented this project. It is a joint initiative of the OVSV, DARC and other IARU-R1 Member societies to strengthen the experimental character of the Amateur Radio Services.

Following the meeting Mike gave a presentation to the three main Japanese amateur radio equipment manufacturers at the OVSV booth.
Further information is at http://ham-dmr.nl/?wpfb_dl=170

Slides from a presentation given by ON4AVJ about how proposals are treated to approve band planning, contesting, and technical matters in the IARU-R1 C5 committee are available at

The report on the meeting can be read in Issue 67 of the IARU-R1 VHF/UHF/Microwave newsletter at

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BBC Coast - Ingenious Isles

Wednesday 15th July 2015

Next week on Thursday, July 23 at 9pm the BBC2 TV show Coast looks at Radio Normandie, the first commercial free radio station which challenged the BBC monopoly in the 1930's

Tessa Dunlop crosses the channel to France to find out how an inauspicious fishing village in Normandy gave rise to British commercial radio in the 1930s. It threatened the early BBC's monopoly and its existence was even challenged in Parliament. But how did its operators manage so powerful a signal - and who was the charismatic brains behind the operation?

The show should be available online shortly after broadcast at

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New DRM broadcaster

Wednesday 15th July 2015

The Pravasi Bharathi Broadcasting Corporation is to launch world’s first Malayalam language Digital Radio (DRM) station by November 2015

On his Blog Alokesh Gupta VU3BSE reports that the Managing Director & General Manager of Pravasi Bharathi Broadcasting Corporation said, "Pravasi Bharathi 810 AM", world's first Malayalam digital radio and the first digital radio in the Middle East will be on air by November 2015 using the Digital Radio Mondiale standard.

They are planning an AM/DRM simulcast using a 200 kW Nautel transmitter.

Pravasi Bharathi Broadcasting Corporation

Alokesh Gupta VU3BSE

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AMSAT-UK Colloquium Keynote Presentation

Tuesday 14th July 2015

Professor Richard Holdaway will give the keynote presentation “What else does Space do for You!” at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at 1:10 pm on Saturday, July 25

Professor Richard Holdaway has just retired from serving 16 years as Director of RAL Space at Harwell.

He commenced his studies and obtained a Ph.D at the University of Southampton. This was followed by a period working on the design of the Harrier VTOL aircraft at Hawker Siddeley before joining the Appleton Laboratory in 1974 and RAL in 1980. He has been the Director of the establishment since 1998

RAL Space carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development. They have had significant involvement in over 200 space missions and are at the forefront of UK Space Research.

They have more than 200 staff who are dedicated to supporting the programmes of the STFC and the Natural Environment Research Council as well as undertaking a large number of space projects for UK and overseas agencies, universities and industrial companies. They work alongside the UK Space Agency who co-ordinate UK civil space activities.

RAL Space undertake world-leading space research and technology development, provide space test and ground-based facilities, design and build instruments, analyse and process data and operate S- and X-band ground-station facilities, as well as lead conceptual studies for future missions. They work with space and ground-based groups around the world and have very recently opened a new test facility on their campus at Harwell. This is adjacent to the newly established European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT) which is ESA’s newest facility and its first in the United Kingdom.

Richard Holdaway has had 40 years of experience in Space Programmes, having worked on numerous missions in Space Science and Earth Observation with NASA, ESA, China, Russia and the UK National Programme.

He was awarded a CBE – Commander of the Order of the British Empire – in the New Years Honours List 2013; in recognition of his remarkable services to Science and Technology.

The Colloquium takes place July 25-26 at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ and is open to all. Admittance on the Saturday and Sunday is £10 each day.

Further information is at http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

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AmateurLogic 80: A Country Field Day

Tuesday 14th July 2015

George, Tommy and Wayne head back to the country for Field Day.

We tried a few new things this year that worked out pretty well.

Plus your viewer emails and more.



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Adventures of a Hacker turned Radio Ham

Monday 13th July 2015

HamRadioNow episode 211 features a presentation on the first Amateur Radio transponder on a geostationary satellite and the Adventures of a Hacker Turned Radio Ham by Michael Ossmann AD0NR

This is the talk from the TAPR/AMSAT banquet on Friday at the 2015 Dayton Hamvention. Michael Ossmann, AD0NR, founder of Great Scott Gadgets and inventor of the HackRF experimental SDR board, tells his story of how he got interested in electronics (then lost interest in it to computers, then got interested in it again) and finally got his ham license.

Along the way, Michael will give us his take on where the next generation of hams will come from. TAPR President Steve Bible N7HPR's introduction establishes the youth theme with an interesting survey of the crowd.

The night begins with a short presentation on what will be the first Amateur Radio transponder on a geostationary satellite, a project of the Qatar Amateur Radio Society, with help from AMSAT DL (Germany). The satellite, Es'HailSAT-2, is owned by the Qatar Satellite Company, and senior engineer Thani Ali al-Malki will give the details.

Western Hemisphere hams will be disappointed that the satellite footprint won't cover anything in North America or Australia, and just a bit of South America. The satellite is primarily a communications system for Qatar and the Middle East, but the ham transponder will also cover Europe, Africa and western Asia (but also missing the China coast and Japan).

Watch HRN 211: Adventures of a Hacker Turned Ham (Michael Ossmann AD0NR) on HamRadioNow

Previous editions of HamRadioNow

AMSAT-UK http://amsat-uk.org/

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70MHz (4M) Awards

Monday 13th July 2015

To celebrate the likely adoption of the band 69.9 – 70.5 MHz as a secondary amateur allocation in the European Common Allocation Frequency Table and Ireland’s significant involvement in the process, IRTS (Irish Radio Transmitters Society) is pleased to launch two new 4m awards.

The purpose of the awards is to recognise and promote DX achievements by amateur radio operators interested in the range 69 – 74 MHz. 

In-band and Cross-band awards are available.

Log extracts are required and there is currently no charge for the awards. Full details are available on IRTS website

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Africa represented at Youngsters On The Air

Monday 13th July 2015

Koos Fick, ZR6KF, the South African Radio League Youth Coordinator will be travelling to Rome on 16 July to participate in the 5th Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) summer event during the week of July 18-25, 2015

YOTA 2015 is organised by the Italian Amateur Radio Association.

The event is held every year in a different European Union (EU) country under European Union and International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 sponsorship.

This is the first time that South Africa will be participating and the first time that countries outside of Europe are taking part.

During this week, teams of young radio amateurs from several countries will be participating in all kind of amateur radio activities. The YOTA event fosters collaborative learning in various aspects of amateur radio, science and electronics. This is not where things end, as the youngsters are encouraged to improve their language skills and discuss issues related to cultural awareness, which is an important part of amateur radio's ability to promote international goodwill.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish Koos all the best for the journey and an unforgettable week. We trust that you will learn a great deal, Koos, and make many new friends!

Source SARL http://www.sarl.org.za/

Youngsters On The Air (YOTA)

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ICQPodcast interviews Martin Lynch G4HKS

Monday 13th July 2015

Martin Butler M1MRB of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast interviews Martin Lynch G4HKS of Martin Lynch & Sons at the Ham Radio Friedrichshafen show

Watch ICQPodcast interviews Martin Lynch G4HKS

You can download the free ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast Audio Show

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IARUMS newsletter now available

Monday 13th July 2015

The latest IARU Monitoring System newsletter reports Russian Over the Horizon (OTH) radars disturb large parts of the amateur radio 14 MHz band

They also report on mysterious signals in A3E (AM) on 28065.0, 28345, 28701.1 and 28901.1 from Gabon daily and all day. They have a rising carrier and both sidebands with dots every 60 seconds.

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 June 2015 newsletter can be read at

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

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

IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS)

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Ofcom Interference Consultation Responses

Monday 13th July 2015

The responses to the consultation on controlling interference from apparatus are available on the Ofcom website

Read the responses at

Consultation page

Direct link to PDF

Read the full Telegraph article at

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Quartz Friedrichshafen report

Monday 13th July 2015

Quartz says 'For real maker culture, try a global gathering of radio hobbyists'

They report on the last weekend of June, more than 17,000 people from around the world gathered in Friedrichshafen, Germany, to tune into a seemingly outmoded technology: the radio.

Radio fans were easy to spot in the city: Anybody with an antenna protruding from their backpack or with a shirt emblazoned with a five- or six-character call number was definitely one. For members of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club, “DARC side of the moon” T-shirts also were popular.

For the second year at the Friedrichshafen Ham Radio convention, a hall was dedicated to the DIY technology stylings of Maker World, where drones, 3D printers and arduino kits were the name of the game, with an obligatory steampunk booth. At first glance it seemed like modern technology infringing on a group that prefers devices of a certain age, but it was actually a perfect pairing.

Read the full article at

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Space weather forecast for Pluto

Monday 13th July 2015

As NASA's New Horizons spacecraft prepares to buzz Pluto on July 14th, space weather forecasters have released long distance predictions for the distant dwarf planet.

A region of merged CMEs could be on the verge of hitting Pluto and compressing its atmosphere, but this is expected to happen well after the flyby.

Meanwhile, New Horizons has just taken its best picture of Pluto's farside, which is dotted with mysterious dark spots.

Check http://spaceweather.com for more information

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ICQ Podcast - Friedrichshafen Review part 2

Monday 13th July 2015

In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Ed Durrant DD5LP, Martin Rothwell M0SGL and Chris Howards (M0TCH / N4CTH) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news.

Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episodes feature is the second part of our Ham Radio Friedrichshafen Review.

Ham Radio Skills for Dresden Students
Thai Licenses Invalidated
Ofcom take action in Cambridge
Disabled Teen Helped by Ham Radio
WSPR station with RF Board and Raspberry Pi
New World Distance records on 2.3 and 3.4 GHz Amateur / Ham Radio Bands
Ham Radio Deluxe Team Grows - UK Member Added
AREN Honoured by Cork County Mayor


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DeorbitSail launch information

Sunday 12th July 2015

The CubeSat DeorbitSail built by researchers and radio amateurs at the Surrey Space Centre in Guildford carries a 1200 bps BPSK beacon on 145.975 MHz. The satellite was successfully launched at 1628 UT on Friday, July 10.

DeorbitSail is a 3U CubeSat sized satellite with a deployable sail that will demonstrate rapid deorbiting.

Chris Bridges 2E0OBC writes:

Dear AMSATers, CubeSaters, Friends,

Please find attached exclusive details of a UK CubeSat called DeorbitSail flying out tomorrow evening on PSLV. Please feel free to distribute to other hams that can help out.

This contains all the info you should need including:

• Initial TLE
• DeorbitSail Flyer > Launch details, etc.
• Predicted first packet transmission on 145.975 MHz, 1k2 BPSK ->

we predict to be over Russia in the evening.

First packets sent in will get a Signed Certificate of thanks from the team!

If you have any telemetry or TLE/frequency information, please send it to me and/or to deorbitsail.messages@gmail.com so we can quickly learn our satellite state.

Any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

73 Chris 2E0OBC

1 55554U 58056A 15191.72643157 .00000000 00000-0 +13828-4 0 335
2 55554 97.9842 81.0881 0007584 273.9578 86.0949 14.75593446209360

Follow @SpaceAtSurrey on Twitter

Deorbitsail website

ISRO PSLV-C28 / DMC3 Mission

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Maritime Radio annual 'Night of Nights' tonight

Sunday 12th July 2015

Marking the night in 1999 when the last commercial radiotelegraph message was sent from coastal stations KFS/KPH, the Maritime Radio Historical Society will once again observe their annual 'Night of Nights' on Sunday, July 12.

Other heritage coast stations (WLO and KLB) will participate, and some Coast Guard stations as well (NMC, NMW and NMQ), possibly for the last time. Operation will commence at 5:01 PM Pacific Daylight Time and run into the nighttime hours. Visitors are welcome at the Point Reyes Seashore site, and tours will be given.

Frequencies will include the stations' authorized HF channels, plus 500 kHz, 426 kHz, and other MF maritime frequencies of the individual licensees. Amaterur band activity will also be conducted. You can find the full list of frequencies in the July 4 MRHS Newsletter. There was some uncertainty at the time of that newsletter whether the KFS/KPH frequencies would be available with KSM's, but they have since been confirmed.

Also, and more significantly for longwave buffs, there was doubt whether the 500 kHz and lower frequencies would be available from the Bolinas transmitter facility because a storm last winter had knocked down a 100 foot tall pole, taking down the Marconi T-antenna. Fortunately, repairs were completed this week!

More information about KFS, KPH, and the MRHS station KSM can be found at the organization's Web site: radiomarine.org


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Ham College episode 6

Sunday 12th July 2015

Ham College, the new show for those new to the hobby and those wishing to get into Amateur Radio.

In episode 6 we talk about and demonstrate diodes. More questions and answers from the Technical class question pool.

Ham College episode 6 is now available for download.

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Nukes in Space - The Rainbow Bombs

Sunday 12th July 2015

Nukes in Space provides an interesting overview of the development of the military space program of missiles and space-based nuclear weapons testing with spectacular, never-before-seen images.

Lots of video of explosions and effects on the ionosphere.

Starting with the V-1 and V-2, this film takes you through missile development of ICBM's with nuclear warheads, the Cuban Missile Crisis through anti-ballistic missile systems and what implications they hold for the future of our nation's security.

During the heart of the Cold War, the United States and the former Soviet Union launched and detonated a combined total of over 20 thermo nuclear weapons in the upper atmosphere and near space region of earth in an effort to test the effects of launching an offense as well as countering an offense. Even during the Cuban Missile Crisis!

Almost unknown to the public, much of the information on these tests has been kept secret for over 35 years until recently, when newly declassified test footage and secret government documents obtained from both countries reveals everything from the ICBM to outer space testing to ABM.

From filmmaker Peter Kuran, creator of the award-winning film "Trinity and Beyond" .

Narrated by William Shatner. Music performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.

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Congratulations to George .. now M0HWO !

Saturday 11th July 2015

Congratulations to our club member George Phillips 2E0DHM (photo right) who has just passed the Advanced Amateur Radio Exam.

To quote from his notes on QRZ.com .. He began as a SWL/Amateur radio listener in his teenage years but never seemed to find time to sit the amateur radio exam.

After taking the opportunity to retire early in 2010, his enthusiasm was rekindled by the beginning of 2014.

He sat the Foundation level in May 2014, the Intermediate level in December 2014 followed by the Advanced level in June 2015 and can now be heard with his new callsign M0HWO which was used for the first time on the 10th July 2015.

We all offer him our "Heartiest Congratulations" and wish him many hours of enjoyment building antennas and operating on those bands which at one time he was only able to just listen to !

Well done .. !

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DeorbitSail launched

Saturday 11th July 2015

The DeorbitSail CubeSat, built by researchers and radio amateurs at the Surrey Space Centre in Guildford, was launched on Friday, July 10, 2015 carrying a 1200 bps BPSK beacon on 145.975 MHz

The first DeorbitSail packets reported to the Surrey Space Centre were from Ken W7KKE in Lincoln, OR, USA.  Nitin Muttin VU3TYG reported receiving signals on the 1810 pass over India.

The DeorbitSail project is a collaboration to build a 3U CubeSat sized satellite with a deployable sail that will demonstrate rapid deorbiting. The deorbiting capability of the DeorbitSail satellite is due to increased aerodynamic drag from the large surface area of the deployed sail in a Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The satellite will return to the Earth and burn up in the atmosphere over time as its altitude reduces.

Dr Chris Bridges 2E0OBC would be delighted to receive all available telemetry files by email to deorbitsail.messages<at>gmail.com

Links for the DeorbitSail tracking KEPS, leaflet and Telemetry Message Definitions spreadsheet are at

Follow @SpaceAtSurrey on Twitter

DeorbitSail website

ISRO PSLV-C28 / DMC3 Mission

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European Common Allocation Table

Saturday 11th July 2015

The annual update of the European Common Allocation Table includes an upgrade of the status of the 70 MHz amateur radio band

The 70 MHz band has been upgraded from a mere information note to something a bit more substantial (for other European countries).

Previously there was an informational only note which read:

"EU9: In a growing number of CEPT countries, parts of the band 70.0-70.5 MHz are also allocated to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis."

Now, after a lot of hardwork by David Court, EI3IO in IARU Region 1 and supported by RSGB and other member societies, the revised EU9 reads:

“CEPT administrations may authorise all or parts of the band 69.9-70.5 MHz to the amateur service on a secondary basis.”

Please note there will be NO change in the UK allocation, 69.9 MHz is a special allocation for Germany.

Download the European Common Allocation Table at

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Radio to plan digital extension to regional Australia

Saturday 11th July 2015

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has released a report which recommends establishing a Digital Radio Planning Committee for regional Australia, chaired by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

A key thrust of the report is for the Government to remove obstacles and facilitate industry planning and implementation. There are incentives to focus prompt action in regional areas, such as the removal of who can provide digital radio if regional services are not on-air by mid 2018.

The report also recommends removing the current restrictions on new digital only licensees, both in metropolitan and regional areas.

Australian radio listeners have demonstrated strong support for DAB+ digital broadcast radio. Since the launch of DAB+ digital radio in metropolitan Australia in late 2009, DAB+ digital radio listening continues to outperform expectations, with 3.2 million people or nearly 25% now listening to radio each week using a DAB+ digital radio in the five metropolitan capitals.

Twenty six vehicle manufacturers in Australia now include DAB+ digital radio and more than 190,000 vehicles with the technology have been sold.

Read more at:

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Ham Radio 2015 lectures

Saturday 11th July 2015

Wolf Harranth, OE1WHC, from the Amateur Radio Section of ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) and the Documentary Archives Radio Communications/QSL Collection, reports:

Powerpoint presentations with synchronized audio of keynote lectures at the Friedrichshafen (Germany) 2015 Ham Radio hamvention are now available on the Documentary Archive's Web page at:


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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Saturday 11th July 2015

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 3rd July, through Friday, 10th July there were 207 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY,

K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PY, PY0F, PZ, S5, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,

V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

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


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IOTA News from OPDX

Saturday 11th July 2015

Island activities:

AS-060. Kag, DS4DRE, will be active as DS4DRE/4 from Ui Island (WLOTA 1102) between July 15-31st. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

AS-143. Operators Chen/BA7CK and Wu/BA7IA will be on a business trip to Yongxing Island for about 4-6 weeks. They will be on the air during their spare time, mostly on 20-6 meters using the IOTA frequencies and on CW/SSB/RTTY modes. QSL BA7CK via BA4TB, and BA7IA via his home callsign.

EU-028. Davide, IZ2ZOT, will be active as IA5/IZ2ZOT from Elba Island (IIA T016, MIA MI-022, WLOTA 0609) between now and July 18th.
Operations are usually on SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL.

EU-054. Sal, IT9BXR, will once again be active as IF9/IT9BXR from Favignana Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/DXpedition entry. QSL via IT9BXR.

EU-131. Members of the ARI Mestre Team will be active as IQ3ME/p from Lido Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via the Bureau.

EU-169. Alfredo, IK7JWX, and a team of operators will go on their third Italian IOTA DXpedition. Their next operation will be to Sazan Island (M.I.A. MA-01, ARLHS ALB-04 + 19 + 20, ILLW L-028, WW Loc JN90PM) between September 2-9th. The team received their callsign and license this week. Callsign will be ZA0I. QSL Manager for Italy is IK7JWX; for the world is IK2DUW. Look for updates and other details on QRZ.com.

EU-172. Jan, ON7JA, will be active as OZ/ON7JA from Isle Fyn during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). QSL via ON7JA.

EU-175. Joao, CU3AA, will be active as CU5/CU3DX from São Jorge Island between July 11-12th. Due to the IARU HF World Championship, 17 meters SSB will be the band mostly used. This activity will count for the awards: CTFF-0124, CUFF-005, WCA CT-00416, DMHP AZ-068, ARLHS AZO-019, WLOTA WL-1004, DFFP FP-145, DFP FAZ-05, PIP AC-005, DIP AZ-005, DMP 1904 and DDFP VLS-03. QSL via CU3EJ, by the Bureau or direct.

NA-055. Mike, W2IY, will be active from Mount Desert Island (USI ME-021S, WLOTA 1129, Hancock County, Maine) between now and August 5th. Activity will be holiday style and also include an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

NA-067. Jon, WB8YJF, will once again be active as WB8YJF/4 from Ocracoke Island (USI NC001S) between July 19-26th. Activity will be on CW, SSB, and possibly RTTY. He plans to be in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). Please QSL direct for a fast QSL or via the Bureau.

NA-067. Operators Keith/W4KAZ and Nathan/N4YDU will be active as W4O from Ocracoke Island between July 23-26th. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Multi-Op/Single-Transmitter/Low-Power entry. Operations will be on 80-10 meters. QSL direct only to N4YDU.

PACIFIC TOUR. Look for Ulli, DL1AH, to activate a couple of islands during/between September and November. Activity from the islands will be holiday style, and mostly SSB (some Digital) using 100 watts into a Triple Leg antenna for 40-10 meters. QSL only direct to his home callsign. His tentative schedule and islands are as follows:
Rota Island -- Callsign NH0/DL2AH; between September 30th and October 16th; DXCC - Mariana Island and IOTA OC-086
Yap Island -- Callsign V63AH; between October 18th and November 10th;
DXCC - Micronesia and IOTA OC-012

RSGB IOTA website

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

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ANZAC 100 focuses on the Kokoda Track

Friday 10th July 2015

During WWII along a narrow 96 kilometre track over the rugged Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea, 625 Australians were killed and over 1,000 wounded.

The Battle of Kokoda Track lasted four-months following the enemy landing in July 1942, and was one the most significant battles fought by the Australian Military Forces.

As we reported last week, it will be commemorated twice in the WIA ANZAC 100 program.

The Eastern Mountain District Radio Club has the callsign VI3ANZAC, for a week from July 20.

The Kokoda Memorial Track in the Dandenong Ranges National Park at Ferntree Gully in Melbourne’s outer-east is to be part of the VI3ANZAC commemoration, with other EMDRC activity from its club rooms in Burwood.

Vincent Henderson VK7VH will also be air as VK100WIA in Hobart on July 21, the day in 1942 when the enemy landed at Gona on the Papua north coast.

Australians and Papuans stopped the invaders reaching Port Moresby. The extraordinary event was on hot and humid days, with cold nights, torrential rainfall and tropical diseases.

The enemy was within 40 kilometres of Port Moresby, vital to Australia’s defence. However they were pushed back and abandoned their plan. Now it's part of our history linking Australian soldiers and the Papuans, who we call the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, because of their supportive actions and frizzy hair.

All of the ANZAC 100 events are on the WIA website.

Additional ANZAC-suffixed callsign events are invited to join. For more information on this please contact the WIA Director Fred Swainston VK3DAC.

Jim Linton VK3PC

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

Friday 10th July 2015

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

ST. MARTIN, FS. Gregg, W6IZT will be active as FS/W6IZT from the French side of St Martin until July 11. Listen for him mostly on CW and maybe some SSB and RTTY, on 40 to 6 meters. QSL via N7XG.

MADEIRA ISLANDS, CT3. Alfonso, WA4SKY will be QRV from July 21 to 25. He will be using SSB only on 20, 15 and 10 meters and signing CT3/WA4SKY. QSL via home address.

AUSTRALIA, VK. Special event station VI5MCP will be QRV from July 11 to 26 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Morialta Conservation Park. Look for them mostly on 40 and 20 meters using SSB.

MAURITIUS, 3B8. Jean-Paul, HB9ARY be active as 3B8HC until July 25. Activity will be on all HF bands and 6 meters using mainly SSB, but with some slow CW. QSL via NI5DX direct.

CYPRUS, 5B. Tony, RT9T is active as 5B4ALB until July 15. QSL direct only via RT9T.

MARIANA ISLANDS, KH0. Zorro, JH1AJT will be QRV as KH0/KH8Z until July 10. Activity will be mainly on 20, 15 and 10 meters using SSB and holiday style operation. QSL via JH1AJT.

KENYA, 5Z4. Giuseppe, IK2YDJ is now active as 5Z4/IK2YDJ from Rongo until July 20. Activity is on 40 to 6 meters. QSL via his home call sign.

THE GAMBIA, C5. Pedro, ON7WP will be QRV as C5WP from August 15 to September 1. Activity will be limited to his spare time on the HF bands. QSL direct via his home call sign.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Milan, OK1DWC is now active as E51DWC from Rarotonga for the next few weeks. His activity will be holiday style on 160 to 10 meters, including the 30, 17 and 12 meter bands, using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home call.

FAROE ISLANDS, OY. Operators YL Lori, KB2HZI, Pat, N2IEN, Ray, W2RE, Rockwell, WW1X and Lee, WW2DX will be active as OY/home calls until July 15. Activity will be on the HF Bands. QSL via NR6M.

SEYCHELLES, S7. A group of operators will be QRV as S79HN from July 16 to 20 using CW, SSB and RTTY on 40 to 6 meters. QSL via JJ2VLY, direct or buro, and LoTW.

AUSTRALIA, VK. Chris, VK5CP and some friends will operate VK100ANZAC representing the Wireless Institute of Australia's (WIA) HQ station in the IARU HF World Championship.

BRAZIL, PY. HQ station ZW0HQ will be QRV during the IARU HF World Championship.

SLOVENIA, S5. The Slovenian IARU society will activate S50HQ in the IARU HF World Championship.

ALBANIA, ZA. The Albanian Amateur Radio Association (AARA) will use ZA1A as Albania's HQ station in the IARU HF World Championship.

NAMIBIA, V5. V55HQ will be representing the NARL in the IARU HF World Championship.

URUGUAY, CX. Radio Club Uruguayo (RCU) will be on the air with the call sign CX1AA in this weekend's IARU HF World Championship.

CYPRUS, 5B4. Look for C4HQ as the Cyprus Amateur Radio Society HQ station in the IARU HF World Championship.

QATAR, A7. A71HQ will be QRV in the IARU HF World Championship as the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) HQ station.

CANADA, VE. VE5RAC will represent Canada's RAC organization in the IARU HF World Championship.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. ZF1A will be QRV in the IARU HF World Championship as the designated HQ station from the Cayman Amateur Radio Society.

The IARU HF World Championship, FISTS Summer Sprint, SKCC Weekend Sprintathon and the CQC Great Colorado Gold Rush will keep contesters busy this weekend.

The NCCC RTTY Sprint and NCCC Sprint are on July 10.

Please see July QST, page 81 and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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Friday 10th July 2015

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

I.C.P.O. Bulletin (10-16 July 2015)
"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 2015 by Gwyn Williams, G4FKH

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History of the Short Message Service (SMS)

Thursday 9th July 2015

Matti Makkonen died last week and was celebrated as the father of SMS.

He’s been described as being too modest to acknowledge his involvement. It seems, however, that the story of how Short Messaging came to be is far more complicated than we originally thought, and the system has many fathers.

In fact, not only did Makkonen not invent SMS, he also reneged on an agreement with those who did to stop claiming that he did.

Read the story in The Register by Simon Rockman.

Thanks to Phil IIM for spotting the item

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1900-2000 kHz to become Primary Ham Band

Thursday 9th July 2015

The ARRL reports that, in the USA, 1900-2000 kHz will become a primary amateur radio allocation on August 6, 2015

Amateur Radio will be upgraded on August 6 from secondary to primary in the 1900-2000 kHz segment of 160 meters in the US. That’s the effective date of the WRC-07 implementation Report and Order and WRC-12 Order portions of a lengthy FCC document released on April 27. Both portions appeared on July 7 in the Federal Register; the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) of the same proceeding was published in the Federal Register on July 2.

The FCC also made a secondary allocation of 135.7-137.8 kHz to the Amateur Service, but this band will not be available until service rules have been adopted.

Read the full ARRL story at

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Radio ham's planning victory

Thursday 9th July 2015

The Daily Mail reports radio amateur Martin Cranage G8OFA has won a planning battle over an antenna mast

A neighbour had been objecting to the mast and the matter went before council planners, where Professor Cranage was told he could keep the aerial he put up without planning possession.

He said he was 'absolutely delighted' and called it a 'common sense decision'.

Both Martin G8OFA and his wife Janet G8RHC have been licenced over 37 years.

Read the Daily Mail story at

Ham radio antenna in Daily Mail

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Thursday 9th July 2015

Island activities:

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

AF-049; 3B8, Mauritius Island: Jean-Paul, HB9ARY, will be active as 3B8HC between the 9th and 25th on 30-6m. QSL via NI5DX (d).

EU-003, CU1/CU2, Eastern group: Chris, KL9A, and Dan, N6MJ, are going to operate CT8/homecalls between the 8th and 14th from Sao Miguel. During the contest they will use the call CU2ARA. 
QSL CT8/KL9A via AC7DX (d), CU2ARA via bureau.

EU-015; SV9, Crete Island: Goran, S55OO, is going to put Crete (GIOTA KRS-005, MIA MGC-005, WLOTA 1400) on the air between the 8th and 19th as SV9/S55OO. QRV on 40-6m on CW, SSB, and digital modes.
QSL via S55OO (d/B), LoTW, eQSL.

EU-018, OY, Faroe Islands: Lee/WW2DX, Lori/KB2HZI, Patrick/N2IEN, Ray/W2RE, and Rockwell/WW1X will be active holiday-style from Faroe between July 8 and 15. QRV as OX/homecalls on 80-6m with a focus on digital modes. QSL via NR6M (d).

EU-024; I*0, Sardinia Island: Luigi, HB9CXZ, is going to get on the air somewhat during his holiday on Sardinia (IIA D001, MIA MIS-035, WLOTA 1608). QRV as IS0/HB9CXZ between the 11th and 17th. QSL via h/c (d/B).

EU-026; JW, Spitsbergen Island: Operators Martin/G3ZAY, Dominic/ M0BLF, Hugo/ M0HSW, Thomas/M0TJH, Robert/M0VFC, and Gavin/M1BXF will be active between the 11th and 17th as JW/homecalls from the JW5E station on Svalbard (WLOTA 0125, WW Loc. JQ78tf). QRV on 40-10m, amybe also on 6m, on SSB and CW. QSL via homecalls (d/B), ClubLog OQRS preferred.

EU-028; I*5, Toscana Region group: Davide, IZ2ZOT, is going to activate Elba as IA5/IZ2ZOT from the 10th to the 18th. QRV on HF (SSB and digital modes). QSL via IZ2ZOT (d/B), LotW, eQSL.

EU-029; OZ, Sjaelland Archipelago: Ric, DL2VFR, is going to operate holiday-style as OZ0FR and OU0POLIO from Moen Island (DIA SJ-017) between the 11th and 31st. He also plans to participate in the IOTA Contest (OZ0FR/p). QSL OZ0FR vua DL2VFR (d/B).

EU-049, SV, North Aegean Islands: Richard, PA2RIC, activates Lesvos (GIOTA NAS-014, MIA MG-064, WLOTA 0165) from the 10th to 28th as SV8/PA2RIC/p on HF running a QRP rip. QSL via h/c (d/B).

EU-053; OJ0/SM, Market Reef: Kee/OH0NA, Gey/OH0GG, Maria/OH0FM, Leif/OH0LO, and Kjell/OH0KXJ are going to put Market Reef (OHFF-038, ARLHS MAR-011, WLOTA 0542) on the air as OJ0S from the 11th to the 18th. QRV on 80-10m on CW and SSB. QSL via OH0AA (d/B).

EU-079; LA, More og Romsdal County South group: Trond, LA9VDA, plans an operation from Hareidlandet Island between the 14th and 17th. Thereby he will activate WLOTA 3258 and LAFF-170 for the first time. QRV as LA9VDA/p on HF (SSB and CW). QSL via LA9VDA (d/B).

EU-087; SM3, Vasternorrland County group: Adde, SM0SHG, will be active holiday-style from Klosan Island as SB3X until the end of the month. QSL via SM0SHG (d/B), ClubLog OQRS. http://sm0shg.com/

EU-150; CT, Minho / Douro Litoral / Beira Litoral Province group: Watch out for Laurent, F8BBL, operating as CT7/F8BBL/p from Insua Island (DIP MI-001, PIP NT-001, WLOTA 2869) between July 11 and 25. QRV mostly in CW. Laurent also plans a SOTA activity from Alto de Sao Bento (SOTA CT/MN-046). QSL via F8BBL (d/B), ClubLog.

NA-055; W1, Maine State East (Knox to Washington County) group: Mike, W2IY, operates holiday-style from Mount Desert Island (USi ME-021S, WLOTA 1129) as W2IY/1 between July 10 and August 5 (including the IOTA contest). QSL via W2IY (d/B).

NA-103; VP2M, Montserrat: Lu, W4LT, operates as VP2MLU during his holiday on Montserrat (WLOTA 1475) between the 8th and 17th (including the IARU contest). QSL via W4LT (d/B), LoTW.

Compiled by
Andreas, DK5ON
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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BBC Micro Bit computer's final design revealed

Thursday 9th July 2015

The BBC has revealed the final design of the Micro Bit, a pocket-sized computer set to be given to about one million UK-based children in October.

The device - which features a programmable array of red LED lights - includes two buttons and a built-in motion sensor that were not included in a prototype shown off in March.

But another change means the product no longer has a slot for a thin battery.

That may compromise its appeal as a wearable device.

An add-on power pack, fitted with AA batteries, will be needed to use it as a standalone product.

The BBC's director general Tony Hall said the device should help tackle the fact children were leaving school knowing how to use computers but not how to program them.

"We all know there's a critical and growing digital skills gap in this country and that's why it's so important that we come together and do something about it," he said at a launch event in London.


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WWFF Activities

Thursday 9th July 2015

CW: 28044 24894 21044 18084 14044 10124 7024 3544 kHz
SSB: 28444 24944 21244 18144 14244 7144 3744 kHz

VKFF-783 - Morialta Conservation Park:
Members of the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group (AREG) and their friends are going to operate as VI5MCP between the 11th and 26th to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Morialta Falls Pleasure Resort, aka Morialta Conservation Park. QSOs count for the WWFF award (VKFF-783) and for the South Australian National Parks and Conservations Parks award.

OHFF-025 - Repovesi National Park:
Members of OH5C will be active from this reference between the 14th and 17th as OH5C/p with 4 stations on 80-6m. All QSOs will be confirmed with paper QSLs. QSL via OH5C (d/B), LoTW, eQSL.


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Ofcom radio regulation enforcement

Wednesday 8th July 2015

Following a Freedom of Information request, the Evening Standard newspaper was able to reveal that Ofcom does enforce radio regulations

The Freedom of Information request was necessary to extract information from the Communications Regulator Ofcom about their enforcement action regarding pirate broadcasters in London.

Ofcom used to publish prosecution statistics but some 6 years ago they stopped doing that and subsequently deleted all historic prosecution statistics from their website.

In other countries Regulators are keen to publicise radio enforcement actions since such publicity discourages others from breaking the regulations. The impression given by Ofcom is that they are reluctant to disclose any enforcement action they take.

The newspaper reports over the last 2 years Ofcom carried out 400 raids on suspected Pirate Radio stations in London with 90 of those raids resulting in equipment seizures.

Read the Evening Standard article at

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AM transmitters switched off

Wednesday 8th July 2015

Radio Magazine reports on the shut down of two German AM broadcast transmitters on July 6

They say: While there is general gnashing of teeth regarding some countries plans (or lack thereof) to shut down their FM networks, there seems to be no equivalent with respect to plans on shutting down AM medium-wave stations.

At 2 a.m. local time, July 6, both of the WDR (West German Radio) MW transmitters were turned off for good. Funds thus saved will be re-allocated for DAB+ radio.

The transmitters are in Langenberg (720 kHz @ 63 kW) and Bonn (774 kHz @ 5 kW). They provide coverage in the north Rhine and Westphalia areas, along with Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse, according to digitalfernsehen.com. The programs that have been transmitted via the two AM stations are already available via the internet, over DAB+, satellite radio, and on local cable systems.

Radio Magazine

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Hacking computers. Using just a sdr radio receiver and a piece of pita bread

Wednesday 8th July 2015

However, the Israeli-based researchers team managed to do it with cheap consumer-grade components as well as small enough to hide inside a piece of pita bread.

Using cheap equipment, the team of researchers, including Daniel Genkin, Lev Pachmanov, Itamar Pipman and Eran Tromer, was able to capture keystrokes, applications running on a computer system, and encryption keys.

Read the full article at:

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Wednesday 8th July 2015

Security researcher Benjamin Caudill has developed a device that adds an extra layer of anonymity to whistleblowers, journalists, dissidents and, of course, criminals

Dubbed ProxyHam, it's a "hardware proxy" that allows users to connect to a long-distance public Wi-Fi network over an unidentifiable low-frequency radio channels, making it more difficult for government agencies and spies to unearth the real identity and source of the Internet traffic.

See more at:

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UK Spectrum Strategy

Tuesday 7th July 2015

On June 30, Graham Murchie G4FSG, and Murray Niman G6JYB presented to the UK Spectrum Policy Forum the case for amateur radio

Read the RSGB story at

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Spark transmitter on BBC TV

Tuesday 7th July 2015

On Sunday, July 5 the BBC TV show Countryfile featured a visit to the Marconi Centre in Poldhu, Cornwall

At 4:05 into the show there is a brief explanation of how radio beacons are used to track sharks, but the highlight of the show is at 18:18 when Ellie Harrison visits the one of the oldest radio stations in the world and talks to John Davies a National Trust Volunteer and is shown a CQ call on a Spark transmitter.

Watch BBC Countryfile - Cornwall

Poldhu Amateur Radio Club

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School plans 2am balloon launch

Monday 6th July 2015

Students at Queen Mary's Grammar School, Walsall plan to launch the Sun Chaser 2 balloon (434.448 MHz USB) to capture images of the sunrise

We're having a second attempt to capture footage of the sunrise from the Stratosphere over Wales/West England.

Watch the mission trailer:

The report on launch 1 (some useful lessons learnt, such as check interference by testing the GPS with all other kit running in the box and ALWAYS duct tape batteries into a cell holder) can be found here:

All being well, we have planned to launch from:

Location: Queen Mary's Grammar School, Sutton Rd, Walsall, West Midlands, WS1 2PG
Latitude: 52.577498
Longitude: -1.965008
Altitude: 135m

The launch will take place at ~2:00am on Saturday 11th July (Sunday 12th is our reserve date).

The chase team will track and chase throughout the flight.

The probe will have a radio tracker (with two smartphone trackers as backup connected to two different networks). We've also got a couple of 16MP cameras and a GoPro onboard.

Tracker information:

Tracker: SUNCH1
Frequency: 434.448 MHz USB
Carrier Shift: 280-290
Baud Rate: 50
Bits per character: 7 (ASCII)
Parity: 0
Stop Bits: 2

As before, we'll probably be the only ones tracking (unless any of you are night owls) so we'll do our best. Our internet connection may be patchy at times so be prepared for quiet moments when we're passing through low signal areas (we've got two hotspots with us: EE and O2).

We'll be posting a steady stream of updates to twitter:

We're quietly confident, now we just need the wind speed on the ground to drop to 3-5mph ;-)

Wish us luck!

QMGS Project Horizon

Links for tracking balloons online and the SUWS WebSDR are at

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International Youth Meeting HAM Radio Friedrichshafen

Monday 6th July 2015

On Saturday, June 27 the International Youth Meeting was held during HAM Radio Friedrichshafen. This event was hosted by German Youth Coordinator Annette, DL6SAK, and IARU Region 1 Youth WG Chair Lisa, PA2LS

Slides have been released of the following presentations:

Introduction of the new Youth Contest Program (YCP) of IARU R1 - PA2LS
YCP at 9A1A and youth projects of 9A1BRZ – 9A9A and 9A5W
Differences between German and US American Youth Communities – DO7KAY

In the end an interesting discussion took place, which was started by Kay DO7KAY, pointing out differences between German and US radio amateurs. Kay received for a year ARRL’s QST Magazine. With this he had the chance to dig deeper in the background of US radio amateurs.

After that, one of the main topics was the difficulty of obtaining an amateur radio license. This seems to be a problem in several countries. Depending on fees, minimum age, location of examination, level of exam questions and learning material. The discussion on this topic will continue in the near future. When it is hard to obtain a license, we will never get many more young radio amateurs.

Presentation slides at

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

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New Italian Frequency Table

Monday 6th July 2015

On June 23, 2015 a new Italian National Frequency Allocation Plan (PNRF) was published in the Official Gazette

The PNRF incorporates into national law the Radio Regulations and the Final Acts of the "World Radiocommunications Conferences" (WRC) last held in Geneva in 2012 (WRC12).

The three PDF tables can be downloaded from

Table A (0-27.5 MHz)

Table B (27.5 MHz – 10.0 GHz)

Table C (10.0 GHz - 3.0 THz)

Note the frequencies specified in the tables have a comma instead of the decimal point.

The announcement in Google English is at

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 6th July 2015

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 28th June, through Sunday, 5th July there were 205 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JT, JW, JY,

K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,

V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

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


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DKARS Magazine July 2015 is now ready for download

Monday 6th July 2015

The DKARS (Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society) issues its own free PDF Magazine once every month.

It contains articles written in English and Dutch.

In case you would like to receive the free magazine, please register via: magazine@dkars.nl and you will automatically receive the magazine via an email with a download link.

This month on 56 pages we present you the results of the first Dutch Kingdom Contest which was held on June 6 and 7.

And lots of other news of course.

Downloading can be done direct from this link : http://downloads.dkars.nl/DKARS%20Magazine%20201507.pdf

And browsing online is also possible, http://issuu.com/pj4nx/docs/dkars_magazine201507

Or go to: www.dkars.nl


Peter PJ4NX

Secretary of the DKARS

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 6th July 2015

Island activities:

AS-066. Vladimir, UA0LCZ, will be active as RI0NZ from Popov Island between July 18-29th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW. He also plans to participate in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

EU-025. Joe, IT9RZU, will be active from Sicily Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/CW-Mode/Low-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or LoTW.

EU-049. Richard, PA2RIC, will be active from the Lesvos Island (GIOTANAS-014, MIA MG-064, WLOTA 0165) between July 10-28th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands running a QRP station.
QSL via PA2RIC, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-087. Adde, SM0SHG, will be active as SB3X from Klosan Island between now and July 31st. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. Equipment used will be an Elecraft KX3, Expert 1K-FA (running about 4-500w) and vertical from Lannabo Radio (5-band). Adde states, "If you want a QSL from EU-087, please use Clublog's Online QSL Request Service. Direct QSLs are 2.00 USDs and will be sent as soon as possible. QSLs via the Bureau are free and will be sent out when time permits.

EU-136. Operators Brani/OM2FY and Radovan/OM2ZZ will be active as 9A/OM2FY from Rab Island, Croatia, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Multi-Op/Island-DXpedition/Low-Power entry.
QSL via OM2FY, direct, by the Bureau or PayPal (see QRZ.com).

EU-172. Immo, DL8MF, will once again be active as OZ/DL8MF from Samso Island (DIA JY-008, WLOTA 0726) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/QRP/24-Hrs entry. He will be on the air between July 23-26th. QSL via DL8MF, direct or by the Bureau.

OC-019. Eric, WH6EEY, is now active from the rare Kaho`olawe Island
in the Hawaiian Island group until July 31st. Activity will be limited to his free time because Eric is there with a group to clean-up UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) as a Technician and Blaster. He uses a KX3 and AlexLoop and operates mostly on 20m and 15m using PSK-31 and JT-65. QSL via his home callsign, direct or LoTW.

NA-029. Operator Ken, K6LA, will once again operate from Prince Edward Island in eastern Canada using the VY2TT superstation (Grid Square FN76vs, CISA PE-001) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Mixed-Mode/High-Power entry. QSL via K6LA direct.

OC-237. More than 10 operators will activate the special callsign YE3IOTA on the air from Sempu Island between July 24-26th. This will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). They plan to have 3 stations on the air using mainly SSB and some CW. Please kindly be patient with the operators as they are beginners for an IOTA-pedition, DX-QSOs and Contesting. QSL via the Bureau, direct or via YB3MM.  Also, ClubLog's OQRS.

SA-042. (Update) Members of the PARA DX Group <paradxgroup.com> will be active as PX8K from Caviana de Fora Island (DIB PA-16) between July 22-29th. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). Operators mentioned are Ronaldo/ PS8RV and Ren/PY8WW.
QSL via PY8WW or the OQRS. For more details, check QRZ.com.

RSGB IOTA website

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

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Yaesu Japan Directors visit Europe's Ham Store and Demonstration Centre

Sunday 5th July 2015

The Directors of Yaesu Japan were so intrigued by the unique buyer advantages Europe's Ham Store offers to its customers, they just had to come see it for themselves.

Yaesu Japan were keen to see what was responsible for the dramatic increase in sales W&S has seen since the introduction and rebranding to 'Europe's Ham Store & Demonstration Centre' has made.

Now Hams from all over the UK (and beyond!) can come and compare the very latest equipment on a contest-grade antenna farm which has 'real' antennas from 160m to 23cms switchable to any one of 12 operator positions. This very unique user experience gives customers piece of mind by allowing them to compare new or even their existing radio with the very latest alternative on a decent antenna system with full legal limit power on most bands.

''You would not spend £1000's on a car without test driving it so why do this with your ham radio equipment?'' says Justin Johnson, G0KSC of W&S.

Steve Hoy G7JPU (far right) and Justin Johnson G0KSC (centre back) were able to show the Yaesu team around a store which provides next generations Ham Store features and promised they will be able to cope with our growth requirements in the future.

As well as taking plenty of photos of our antenna farm and operations floor, we managed to grab this photo at one of the Yaesu VHF positions in our extensive shack.

If you would like to book an operator position to compare a radio or to simply enjoy our fantastic antenna setup, call or mail us today!


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 ICQPodcast Friedrichshafen interviews

Sunday 5th July 2015

At Friedrichshafen, ICQPodcast interviewed Yaesu's Paul Bigwood G3WYW and Graham Somerville M3ZGS of BHI Products

Watch the interviews


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Microwave frequencies for OK0EB beacon

Sunday 5th July 2015

The beacon OK0EB at Kleť, 1084m asl, JN78DU has recently been upgraded to add Microwave bands

New frequencies and powers are:

1296.970 MHz 10W

2320.970 MHz 10W

3400.970 MHz 10W

5760.970 MHz 5W

10368.970 MHz 2W

Omnidirectional antennas are installed on the mast with moderate advantage to north-east direction. Please spread this information among VHF/UHF enthusiasts in your societies.

We wish you all the best in the third sub regional contest. Please send signal reports to Petr OK2ULQ to his e-mail ok2ulq at seznam.cz

on behalf of Petr OK2ULQ

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Recording the 2015 Leap Second

Sunday 5th July 2015

On June 30, 2015, time stations across the globe inserted a 'leap second' in their time code.

You can hear recordings of both WWV (Fort Collins, CO) and CHU (Canada) in the following post:


Thomas K4SWL

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Phase 4 spacecraft frequencies

Saturday 4th July 2015

At the Hamfest event at Friedrichshafen in June, more information was provided about the exciting new Phase 4 amateur satellites presently under construction

P4A – This is a hosted payload on the geostationary spacecraft Es’hailSat 2. This spacecraft will be located at 26 degrees east. Launch is expected in late 2016 with operations commencing shortly thereafter.
This spacecraft will carry two amateur radio linear transponders. One will consist of a 250 kHz wide linear analogue transponder and the other will be a transponder for experimental digital modulation with an 8 MHz bandwidth.

The proposed frequency plan for this spacecraft is:

Narrowband transponder:
Uplinks: 2400.050-2400.300 MHz
Downlinks: 10489.550- 10489.800 MHz

Wideband transponder:
Uplinks: 2401.500 – 2409.500 MHz
Downlinks: 10491.000 -10499.000 MHz

P4B – This is a hosted payload on a US geosynchronous spacecraft.
This spacecraft is expected to be initially located over America.
The transponder will use digital modulation schemes with FDMA up and TDMA down. In addition, there will be linear transponder facility.
Ground station hardware is already well developed and the launch is expected to take place in mid 2017.

The proposed frequency plan for this spacecraft is:

Uplinks: 5655-5665 MHz
Downlinks: 10455-10465 MHz

Further, similar, High Earth Orbit, projects were also mentioned during the meeting. These will also use downlink frequencies in the 10 GHz band in the Amateur Satellite Service.




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EURAO 10th anniversary celebrations

Saturday 4th July 2015

The European Radio Amateurs' Organization (EURAO) will celebrate its 10th anniversary until July 15th with the callsign AO10EURAO.

In addition, all Spanish radio amateurs may use the special prefixes by adding the number 10 behind their own district figure and keeping the suffix of their own callsign (e.g. EA3RKF would be AM310RKF).

EAs may use the AM prefix, EBs may use the AN prefix, and ECs may use the AO prefix.

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Ham radio antenna in Daily Mail

Friday 3rd July 2015

The Daily Mail newspaper reports that a judge's wife is attempting to block planning permission for an amateur radio antenna

Martin Cranage G8OFA, former Emeritus Professor of Molecular Vaccinology at St George's University of London, was first licensed in 1977 and is understood to be a keen VHF, UHF and Microwave operator.

When Martin applied for retrospective planning permission, Judith Cutler objected apparently complaining about alleged interference to her Internet and TV.

Read the article at

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Ham radio in PC Pro magazine

Friday 3rd July 2015

Amateur radio was mentioned in two articles in the August edition of PC Pro magazine

On page 85 in their lab review of Wi-Fi extenders the magazine points out there are reasons to avoid powerline extenders such as the interference caused to amateur radio bands (and of course to other radio users). They also note that PC Pro contributor Paul Ockenden has written about the failure rate of such adapters.

On January 6, 2015 the Telegraph newspaper reported Ofcom proposes that people with "power line" networking equipment could face prosecution if it interferes with radio signals.

The vital emergency communication role of amateur radio is described in Jon Honeyball's column "One last thing..." on page 130.

Jon used to be a radio amateur and had the call sign G1LMS in the mid 1980's. He mentions the role played by amateur radio in the recent Nepal earthquakes and says the news of how ham radio is still of value in times of real crisis stirred his memories and he was now thinking about getting his licence re-issued.

After the article was published Jon read the Essex Ham page which explains how to reinstate a lapsed amateur radio licence. The first thing he tried to do was find his original RAE pass certificate but was unable to find it. The Essex Ham site suggested that as an alternative Ofcom would accept a scan from an old Callbook showing his call sign.

Jon didn't have an old Callbook (now called RSGB Yearbook) but a member of the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) did have the 1987 edition and was able to send Jon a JPEG of the relevant page. It subsequently turned out this wasn't need as the missing RAE Certificate was found.

Hopefully Ofcom will now be able to re-issue G1LMS. Jon will find the hobby has changed dramatically in the past 25 years with amateurs now using advanced technology including Software Defined Radios, sophisticated digital communication techniques permitting contacts via the Moon with modest power levels and narrowband digital TV. Radio amateurs are even active from space. Many of the ISS astronauts are licenced radio hams and there are amateur radio stations in both the Russian Service Module and the ESA Columbus module of the International Space Station.

Information on reinstating an old call sign is at

You could be prosecuted if your broadband interferes with radio signals

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German Ham Radio call sign list

Thursday 2nd July 2015

The German regulator, the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), has published a 790 page PDF of amateur radio callsigns, names and addresses

The file is available for download at

Further information on this along with a request for radio amateurs to help in tracking Bats fitted with VHF transmitters can be seen in Google English on the DARC site at

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BATC sees big interest shown at Friedrichshafen

Thursday 2nd July 2015

More than 200 radio amateurs visited the British Amateur Television Club (BATC) stand at the International Amateur Radio Exhibition at Friedrichshafen, in Germany, and it was a 'very busy and worthwhile' three-day event promoting both amateur television and the BATC, writes club chairman Noel Matthews, G8GTZ.

Enthusiasts from across Europe, and beyond, were shown demonstrations of the latest reduced bandwidth digital television (RB-TV) project with many commenting on how impressed they were with the MPEG-4 picture quality using just 500kHz bandwidth.

The new USB tuner project Minitiouner demonstrated by F6DZP also created a lot of interest.

The BATC shop enjoyed a brisk trade in items and club treasurer and “ace salesman”, Brian Summers, used the event to help boost the club’s membership to more than 950.

Ian Parker, G8XZD
BATC publicity manager


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It’s hard to go undetected by RSM Compliance

Thursday 2nd July 2015

RSM Compliance is now better equipped to detect unlicensed radiocommunication signals anywhere and anytime in New Zealand

A new mass signal detection and analysis system has been implemented, which allows Radio Inspectors to scan multiple bands and return a table of active frequencies. The upgrade better equips Radio Inspectors to detect unlicensed signals in a crowded spectrum, and improve frequency compliance audits and interference investigations. The mass signal detection and analysis system can be activated either locally or remotely via internet control.

At the recent North Harbour FIFA under 20 football event, Radio Inspectors trialled the additional capability based on a “geolocation” technique. The result quickly returned a geographic depiction of where a transmission of interest was located.

RSM plans to progressively increase its capability in the above areas to improve the probability of intercepting unlicensed and/or interfering radio signals and thus protect and add value to Radiocommunications in New Zealand.

RSM plans to progressively increase its capability in the above areas to improve the probability of intercepting unlicensed and/or interfering radio signals and thus protect and add value to Radiocommunications in New Zealand.

Hunter fined for using illegal dog-tracking devices

A hunter was convicted in the Tokoroa District Court on 8 June and fined $1,000 for using illegal dog tracking equipment and $1,000 for unlawful hunting.

Jordan Bell pleaded guilty to using unlicensed radiocommunications equipment and hunting unlawfully, after being found hunting in forestry blocks of Kotemaori on 3 April 2015.

The sentencing judge also imposed an order for the confiscation of an $8,000 vehicle and forfeiture of the illegal Garmin devices. The confiscation of the vehicle was mentioned by the judge as a consideration for imposing the penalty for each charge.

Hunters are reminded that dog tracking equipment designed for the United States market is likely to use the 151-154 MHz frequency range. This range is assigned for other purposes in New Zealand.

New Zealand Radio Spectrum Management

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Passport to World Band Radio

Wednesday 1st July 2015

TV Magazine from 1928 and 18 issues of the short wave publication Passport to World Band Radio are now available for download

A wide variety of radio related publications are available on the site such as the 1928 editions of TV Magazine the journal of the UK Television Society.

Passport to World Band Radio

American Radio History

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In retirement, Nobel Laureate takes up Moon Bounce

Wednesday 1st July 2015

Science News reports on radio amateur Joe Taylor K1JT who has contacted around 900 amateurs via Moon Bounce (EME) since he retired

At Princeton University, he used radio waves to probe the secrets of pulsars, the spinning, magnetized neutron stars that emit bursts of radiation with clocklike regularity. The work earned Taylor and his Princeton colleague Russell Hulse the Nobel Prize in physics in 1993.

Taylor, now 74, spends his retirement moon bouncing “It’s possible, but it’s difficult,” he says “If you succeed, it’s fun.” The task entails reflecting a radio signal off the moon rather than off the ionosphere, as regular ham transmissions do. Taylor calls it the Mt. Everest of amateur radio.

Taylor says his radio hobby offers much of the same excitement and reward of doing frontier science. Both require learning something new, he says. “So much the better if a good technical challenge is involved!”

Read the full story at

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Export bar on TV archive

Wednesday 1st July 2015

The UK Government has announced an export bar has been placed on an archive from John Logie Baird’s first transmission of trans-Atlantic television pictures which includes amateur radio logbooks

The Government statement reads: Between November 1926 and April 1927 – John Logie Baird and his assistant, Benjamin Clapp developed the idea of rigging up a receiving station and television receiver in America and transmitting pictures over telephone lines from Baird’s laboratories in London, to Clapp’s house in Surrey and from there (where there was a powerful transmitter station), by wireless to the East Coast of the United States of America.

The archive is comprised of: Benjamin Clapp’s radio log books for the USA receiving station and his amateur radio station (GK2Z) [sic] [Call sign of Benjamin Clapp was 2KZ or G2KZ] used in the transmission, related paper ephemera, and a gramophone “Phonovision” disc (SWT515-4), containing an early video recording made on 20th September 1927. It is the only known Phonovision disc which depicts images of ‘Stookie Bill’, one of Baird’s famous ventriloquist dummies, and is the earliest Phonovision disc in existence, and thus the world’s earliest surviving video recording.

Trans-Atlantic television archive

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey took the decision to defer granting an export licence for the items following a recommendation by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA), administered by Arts Council England. The RCEWA made their recommendation on the grounds that the items are closely connected with our history and national life and that they are of outstanding significance for the study of the history of national and international television and for our wider understanding of twentieth century communications.

Read the UK Government announcement in full at

A recording made in New York in 1938 of reception BBC TV transmissions on 45 MHz can be seen at

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 1st July 2015

Island activities:

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

AS-093, HL4, Cholla-Namdo Province group: Operators Han/DS2GOO, Lee/6K2CEW, and Ka/6K2JFW will be active between July 3 and 5 from Taehuksan Island, signing their homecalls/4. QRV on 80-6m on CW, SSB, RTTY and some PSK31/JT65. QSL via homecalls.

EU-009; GM/MM, Orkney: Col, MM0NDX, plans another short trip to Orkney (IOSA OR01, SCOTIA OI14, WLOTA 1652) for July 3 - 5. QRV with limited time as MM0NDX/p on HF. QSL via IW7EGQ.

EU-016; 9A, Dalmatia South group: Ismo, OH2IS, is going to be active from Vis (IOCA CI-142, MIA MC-452, WLOTA 1899) between July 6 and 15. QRV on 40-10m on CW and SSB with an assortment of verticals and wire antennas. QSL via OH2IS, LoTW, ClubLog OQRS.

EU-030; OZ, Bornholm Island: Ralph, DL9MWG and Manfred, DL3VJG, are going to put Bornholm (DIA BO-001, WLOTA 2203) on the air from the 4th to 11th of July. QRV as OZ/homecalls on HF (SSB, CW, digital modes). QSL via homecalls (d/B).

EU-054; I*9, Egadi Islands: Ignazio, IT9AGZ, wil be active holiday-style as IT9AGZ/p from Levazo Islands (IIA I006, MIA MI-050, WLOTA 1918). QRV between July 4 and 17. QSL via h/c (d/B).

EU-057, DL, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State group: Sven, DO3BST, is going to work /p from Ruegen (WW Loc. JO64pf) between July 4 and 11 on 2m, 10, 15, and 80m, mostly during the evening hours. QSL via DO3BST (d/B).

EU-081; F, Basse-Normandie (Manche East) Region group: Emil, DL8JJ, is going to be active from the rare island Saint Marcouf between the 5th and 10th of July on CW and SSB. QRV as F/DL8JJ/p on 160-10m. His location counts for the Ile du Large Lighthouse (DPLF PB-052, ARLHS FRA-055, WLOTA 0060) and for the Fort de l'Ile du Large (DFCF 50-013, WCA F-02100). The island is also part of the nature park Iles Saint-Marcouf. QSL via LZ1JZ, or request via Emil.

EU-125; OZ, Jylland West group: Dieter, DF2SD, gets on the air holiday-style from Fano (DIA NS-002, WW Loc. JO45EK) and OZFF-004 between July 4 and 18. QRV as OZ/DF2SD on 40-6m on SSB and RTTY.
QSL via LoTW, eQSL, ClubLog; via DF2SD (d/B).

EU-135; SM2, Vasterbotten County group: Anders, SM5EFX, is going to operate sporadically as SF2X/p during Jly from Ledskar Island. He also plans to participate in the IOTA Contest. Lesdkar Island is part of SMFF-0053, and also of a Marine Protected Area in Sweden (IUCN category V). QSL via SM5EFX (d/B).

EU-174; SV, Makedonia / Thraki Region group: Gabor, HA1YA, spends his vacation on Thassos Island (GIOTA NAS-037, MIA MG-124, WLOTA 4186) from July 2 to 13. QRV a SW8YA on HF, 6m, 2m, and 70cm, with a focus on Tropo, MS, ES, and EME on 2m. QSL via HA1YA (d). http://www.ha1ya.hu/

NA-029; VY2, Prince Edward Island: Phil/AC4Q, Bill/N4IQ, Bob/ND7J, and Ariel/NY4G, are going to pay the P.E.I. DX Lodge on Prince Edward Island (CIsA PE-001, WLOTA 0523, WW Loc. FN76vs) a visit from July 10 to 14 in order to operate with their homecalls/VY2. They also will be active in the IARU HF Contest (July 11/12). QSL for all calls via NY4G or ClubLog OQRS. http://pei2015.com

Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON
Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
e-mail: iota@dxhf.darc.de

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A Maker’s Introduction to Ham Radio

Wednesday 1st July 2015

In Make: magazine Ward Silver N0AX explains amateur radio to the Maker community

He points out that Makers have a lot in common with the Ham Radio community. Hams are tinkerers, builders, fixers, and inventors by nature. Opening the box (or building your own box) is not only allowed, it’s encouraged!

Of the many radio services out there — from commercial broadcasting to CB to public safety — amateur radio is the only one in which equipment can be homemade and tuned to any frequency or channel that hams have access to. Flexibility, experimentation, and hacking are a way of life with hams.

Read the Make: article at

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Ofcom and RSGB meeting

Wednesday 1st July 2015

The RSGB met with Ofcom on June 23, 2015. Among the issues discussed was the interference suffered by amateurs from consumer equipment

It was noted that the proposed Wireless Telegraphy (Control of Interference from Apparatus) regulations that would change Ofcom’s enforcement powers were expected to be enacted before the end of the year.

Ofcom reported that plans would be drawn up to revoke licences that had not been revalidated as required by the licence conditions.

146-147 and 70.5-71.5 MHz were among other topics discussed.

Read the RSGB report on the meeting at

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Radio Hams in BBC News

Wednesday 1st July 2015

BBC News has reported on the two 434 MHz balloons flown by Andrew Garratt M0NRD and the South Kesteven Amateur Radio Society

Read the BBC News report at

The balloon flight also made the front page of the Sleaford Standard newspaper

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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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