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WADARC Practice DF Hunt

Friday 29th May 2015

Last Wednesday evening WADARC held the first of our Direction Finding 'club nights' which followed a Club evening presentation by Phil G6IIM and Gordon G8MMM some weeks earlier.

It was most rewarding therefore to find no less than 7 vehicles (teams) at the start .. ready to 'have a go'.  So well done to all those who came along and joined in for the first time, and who also came along to the QSY afterwards for a drink and chat to exchange experiences.  We hope you all enjoyed the evening and if you have any questions please ask any of those taking part or a committee member.

One of the biggest problems with Fox Hunting are reflections .. particularly from buildings and trying to decide if what you are receiving is direct or from any direction in the 360 spectrum ! Many of those who have been involved for many years will tell you that reflections can catch the best of us out !

We thank Brian G4EWJ who was the fox for offering his services for the evening.  Listed below are the team arrival times.

1. M1EEV  20:25

2. G3UVR  20:35

3. G4OAR  21:10

4. G6XHF   21:32

5. G7TSX   21:38

 6. M6GHM 21:40

7. 2E0PSO  21:54

The next event will be the Eileen Medley Challenge Cup (Awarded to the first placed Club Member) on Wednesday 10th June 2015.  Same start location on 144.300MHz and 8pm start 

Put the date in your diary now .. we look forward to another fine turnout.

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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 29th May 2015

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by 7Z1JA, 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.

TUNISIA, 3V.  Ash, KF5EYY and Jun, JH4RHF will be QRV as 3V8SS in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as a Multi Op/Single Transmitter/All Band/Low Power entry.  QSL via LX1NO.

AZERBAIJAN, 4K.  Special event stations 4K2015EUG and 4K15EUG will be QRV in June during the 2015 European Games taking place in Baku. QSL via 4K6OF.

NIGER, 5U.  Christian, F4WBN will be QRV as 5U5U from May 30 to June 16.  Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters using mostly SSB with some RTTY.  QSL to home call.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2.  The ARA Boys Contest Team will be QRV as 9M2M in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as a Multi/Multi entry.  QSL via

CUBA, CO.  Raul, CO8ZZ will be QRV as T48K in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as a Single Op/Assisted/Low Power entry.  QSL via DK1WI.

MOROCCO, CN.  Members of the URE Cartagena team will be QRV as 5C5T from the ARRAM HQ club station in Rabat in the CQ World Wide WPX  CW contest as a Multi Single/Low Power entry.  QSL via EA5YU.

AZORES, CU.  Look for CU4DX to be QRV from Graciosa Island, IOTA EU-175, as a Single Op/All Band entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL via CU2DX.

JERSEY, GJ.  Kazu, JK3GAD is QRV as MJ0CFW until June 1.  He will be active as MJ5Z in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL via operator's instructions.

THAILAND, HS.  Members of the Thailand DX Association Team will be QRV as E2X in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL via E20GMY.

SAUDI ARABIA, HZ.  Max, KE5JA is QRV as 7Z1JA from Jubail the next three or more years while working here.  QSL to home call.

ITALY, I.  Robert, S53R will be QRV as 4U5F from the United Nations World Food Programme Headquarters club station in Rome as a Single Op/All Band entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL via S57DX.

LITHUANIA, LY.  Special event station LY10HFA is QRV until the end of July to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Lithuanian Hill-Forts Award.  QSL via bureau.

ALAND ISLANDS, OH0.  Kin, OH6KZP will be QRV as OH0X in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as a Single Op/All Band/High Power entry.  QSL via OH2TA.

FAROE ISLAND, OY.  Carsten, OY1CT will be QRV in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as a Single Op/Single Band entry on either 15 or 10 meters.  QSL direct to home call.

ARUBA, P4.  Andy, AE6Y will be QRV as P49Y in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as either a Single Op/All Band or Single Band on 40 meter entry.  QSL to home call.

GREECE, SV.  Laci, HA0HW is QRV as SW8WW from Thassos Island, IOTA EU-174, until June 8.  Activity is on 40 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  This includes an entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry.  QSL to home call.

CRETE, SV9.  A group of operators will be QRV as SW9AA in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL via LZ1PM.

EAST KIRIBATI, T32.  Ken, KH6QJ will be QRV as T32AZ from Crystal Lodge, Kiritimati, IOTA OC-024, from June 3 to 8.  Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters using CW and SSB.  He will be joined by two other operators who may also have their own T32 call signs.  QSL to home call.

ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA0.  Operator R9XC will be QRV as R90IARU in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as a Single Op/All Band entry.  QSL via UA6YW.

NAMIBIA, V5.  Naim, OD5LN is QRV as V5/OD5LN until June 5.  QSL to home call.

LORD HOWE ISLAND, VK9L.  Christoph, DL1YAF plans to be QRV as DL1YAF/VK9L from May 30 to June 3.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL to home call.

CAMBODIA, XU.  Jarrad, VK3HXT is now QRV as XU7AGA from Sihanoukville.  QSL to home call.

LAOS, XW.  Champ, E21EIC is QRV as XW1IC from Vientiane until June 1.  This includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL direct to home call.

ALBANIA, ZA.  Henning, OZ1BII is QRV as ZA/OU2I from Durres until June 1.  This includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry.  QSL direct to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The CQ World Wide WPX CW Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, SARL Digital Contest and the QRP ARCI Hootowl CW Sprint will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.  The RSGB 80-meter Club Data Championship is scheduled for June 1.  The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for June 2.  The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test is scheduled for June 3.  Please see May QST, page 82 and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details.

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Peter Waters demonstrates the features of the new Elecraft K3S

Thursday 28th May 2015

Peter Waters, of Waters & Stanton, Europe’s ham store, demonstrated the features of the new Elecraft K3S this week.

The K3S has many new functions which were previously options on the K3, including the new, low phase noise synthesizer.

Check out this YouTube video for full details of the changes and upgrades made to this super-fine transceiver:

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Host sought for Youngsters On The Air 2016

Thursday 28th May 2015

IARU Region 1 Youth Coordinator Lisa Leenders PA2LS is seeking a host for the 2016 Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) event

The DARC report that since 2011 YOTA summer events have been organised in Romania, Belgium, Estonia and Finland, the 2015 event will take place in Italy. The events have had up to 75 participants in 15 national teams.

Hosts receive financial support through the IARU Region 1 and arrange the remaining funding through sponsors.

Read the full DARC story in Google English at

Youngsters On The Air
Web http://www.ham-yota.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/yota2015
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/youngstersontheair/

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Radio provides lifeline in quake-hit Nepal

Thursday 28th May 2015

The BBC reports community radio stations in earthquake-hit Nepal have become a crucial provider of information - in fact, the only source in places where newspapers do not reach and internet service does not exist

Many of the stations are operating from tents after their permanent buildings were destroyed in the 25 April earthquake.

Staff members from these stations have shown tremendous resilience in ensuring that the flow of information does not stop.

More than 50 radio stations in the earthquake-affected districts have reported damage. Towers and buildings were wrecked and studio equipment and computers were smashed in the earthquake.

Read the full BBC story at

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RSGB Youth Committee Minutes released

Thursday 28th May 2015

The minutes of the RSGB Youth Committee meeting held on May 18, 2015 have now been released

The meeting was chaired by Michael Jones 2E0MLJ.

Read the minutes at

M0RYC is now the RSGB Youth Club call

RSGB Youth Committee
Twitter https://twitter.com/theRSGByouth
Web http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/committees/youth-committee/

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Thursday 28th May 2015

Island activities:

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

EU-013; GJ/MJ, Jersey: Kazu, M0CFW/JK3GAD will be back as MJ0CFW from Jersey (WLOTA 0818, WAB WV54) between May 27 and June 1. QRV during the contest as MJ5Z. QSL via LoTW, OQRS.

EU-016; 9A, Dalmatia South group: Mario, DJ2MX, is going to be active holiday-style from Hvar (IOCA CI-028) between May 23 and June 6 as 9A4MX/p. He also plans to activate other islands relevant to IOCA during that time. QRV during the contest single-band on 40m. QSL via DJ2MX.

EU-042; DL, Schleswig-Holstein State North West group: Harald, DJ2II, gets on the air as DJ2II/p from Hallig Langeness between June 2 and 7 on HF (CW and SSB), wx conditions permitting. QSL via DJ2II (d/B), LoTW. www.dj2ii.de

EU-050; I*7, Puglia (Foggia) Region group: Lucky, IZ7EVZ, is going to put Tremiti (WW Loc. JN72) on the air between the 28th and June 1. QRV as IL7/IZ7EVZ on 40-6m on SSB. His location is part of Gargano National Park (IFF-0013). QSL via IZ7EVZ (d/B).

EU-170; 9A, Dalmatia North group: Jo, OE4VIE and Anette, OE4YLA, will be on vacation on Pag (IOCA CI-082) between May 30 and June 6. QRV as 9A8VI/p and 9A/OE4YLA/p from Lun (9AFF-023), Kolansko Blato (9AFF-073), Veliko I Malo Blato (9AFF-074), and Dubrava Hanzina (9AFF-075). QSL via OE4VIE (d/B), LoTW, eQSL; and via OE4YLA (d/B),

EU-174; SV, Makedonia / Thraki Region group: Laci, HA0HW, spends a holiday on Thasos (GIOTA NAS-037, MIA MG-124, WLOTA 4186, WW Loc. KN20HS) between the 29th and June 8. QRV as SW8WW on 40-6m on CW, SSB, and RTTY. QSL via HA0HW (d/B), ClubLog OQRS.

NA-005; VP9, Bermuda Islands: Andy, DL3YM, operates holiday-style from Hamilton on Bermuda Island (WLOTA 0201) as DL3YM/VP9 between May 28 and June 1 (also during the contest on all bands). QSL via DL3YM (d/B).

NA-016; ZF, Cayman Islands: Erik, N5WR, operates holiday-style (mainly on CW) as ZF2WA from Grand Cayman Island (WLOTA 1042) between May 27 and June 7. QSL via N5WR.

NA-105; FS, St. Martin: John, K9EL, will be active as FS/K9EL between May 28 and June 16 from Saint Martin (DIFO FS-001, WLOTA 0383, WW Loc. FK88LC). QSL via K9EL (d/B), LoTW, OQRS, ClubLog.

NA-142; W4, Florida State North West (Escambia to Walton County) group: Larry, K4KGG, plans to activate Santa Rosa Island (USi FL-003S) as K4KGG/p between the 29th and 31st. QRV on the 29th 20z to 00z, the 30th 00z to 01z, 14 to 16z, and 19 to 00z; on the 31st 00z to 01z, and 14 to 17z. He works with a vertical near salt water on 40-10m on CW, SSB, RTTY, and PSK. QSL direct via K4KGG, LoTW.

OC-004; VK9, Lord Howe Island: Christoph, DL1YAF, hopes to get on the air from Lord Howe Island (VKFF-0295) between May 30 and June 3 as DL1YAF/VK9L. QRV on 80-10m on SSB and CW, running a KX3 with an amplifier, an MP1 vertical antenna, and a 4-band dipole. QSL via DL1YAF (d/B).

OC-139; VK5, South Australia State East Centre group: Rob, VK4AAC, returns to Kangaroo Island (WLOTA 0869) between June 1 and August 25. QRV as VK4AAC/5 on 40 and 20m on SSB. He also plans to activate the following WWFF references: Flinders Chase National Park (VKFF-173), Dudley CP (VKFF-809), Kelly Hill CP (VKFF-810), and Vivonne Bay CP (VKFF-811). QSL via VK4AAC, see also qrz.com.

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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Honour for Morse code interceptor

Thursday 28th May 2015

On Tuesday, May 26, Marion Booth received the Bletchley Park Commemorative Badge for her work in intercepting Japanese Morse code radio messages during WW2

She joined the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service in 1944, did basic training in Galt and in the spring of 1945 in Victoria, British Columbia, intercepted Japanese radio messages in Morse code.

Watch the CTV news report at

Read the Prince George Citizen story at

Marion Booth suggested her friend Sage Ley German should be recognized too, see the Northumberland Today story

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Ofcom permit Spark transmission for Marconi anniversary

Wednesday 27th May 2015

The Penarth Times reports on the historical recreation of the first wireless transmission over open sea by Guglielmo Marconi from Flatholm Island to Lavernock point, 118 years ago

The newspaper reports:

Although the wireless signal was sent on May 11, 1897 it was on May 13 when Wales and England were linked by wireless, from Lavernock to Brean Down in Somerset.

The event on Monday, May 11 used a 'spark gap' transmission. Although it is illegal, it was allowed by Ofcom after much discussion as long as it was on low power.

A camera team representing the TV station S4C, along with historical and technical adviser Glyn Jones GW0ANA chairman of the Barry Amateur Radio Society, gathered for the event while another team stationed on Flatholm island with the spark plug were watched by Ofcom.

Read the full story at

A report on the event is due to air on S4C TV in early June.

Wiki Flatholm Island to Lavernock point

Barry Amateur Radio Society

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29 MHz the forgotten band for ham radio satellites

Tuesday 26th May 2015

Hans van de Groenendaaal ZS6AKV writes in the EngineerIT magazine about the potential for 29 MHz as a satellite uplink band

Universities and other scientific research institutions are using portions of the amateur spectrum for their CubeSat’s which has caused the 145 and 435 MHz amateur-satellite band segments to be very crowded, leading to an increasing number of satellite builders to explore alternatives. For many, such as those requiring single-channel bandwidth greater than approximately 12.5 kHz, the best answer will be found in the microwave bands.

However, for those who can use it, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) satellite frequency coordination process has now opened another alternative: 29 MHz uplinks.

Read the EngineerIT article at

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Dayton Hamvention Videos

Tuesday 26th May 2015

Videos of presentations given at the Dayton Hamvention 2015 TAPR and SDR Forums are now available for download

The videos are at

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Special Cuban callsigns

Tuesday 26th May 2015

Two special Cuban callsigns will be activated during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st):

T49A - will be operated by Douglas/CO8DM as a Single-Op/Low-Power
entry. QSL via KU9C.

T48K - Raúl/CO8ZZ will be operating T48K (Las Tunas Contest Crew
official callsign) as a Single-Op/Assisted/Low-Power entry.
QSL via DK1WI.

Both operators are members of "Grupo DX de Cuba" which will be celebrating their 35th anniversary next September with a few activations.


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QSO Today EP42 Carol Milazzo KP4MD

Monday 25th May 2015

From the very beginning of her ham radio journey, almost 50 years ago, Carol Milazzo, KP4MD, applies the scientific method to her study and enjoyment of amateur radio.

Whether she is modeling antennas for installation in her attic or to using WSPRnet to study VHF and UHF propagation, Carol takes meticulous notes, adds footnotes and illustrations, and now produces video.

This makes Carol a terrific online Internet Elmer.

KP4MD joins Eric, 4Z1UG, on QSO Today.

Show Notes: http://www.qsotoday.com/podcasts/kp4md
Podcast Link: http://goo.gl/lEjj7O
iTunes Store: http://goo.gl/CvLNmV

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 25th May 2015

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 17th May, through Sunday, 24th May there were 219 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4, D6, 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, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY,

K, 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, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S5, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,

V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VP2E, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

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


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Montserrat operation

Monday 25th May 2015

Operators Barry N0KV, Ken W0ETT, Greg W0ZA and Jim WD0E will be active as VP2MKV from Gingerbread Hill, St. Peters (grid square FK86), between June 10-18th.

Activity will be on 80-2 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They will also participate in the ARRL VHF Contest and some satellite operations (FO-29 only on selected passes).

The two primary radios will be Elecraft K3's with 500 watt amplifiers. Antennas include a Mosley Classic 33 on 10/15/20, a folding hexbeam by Folding Antennas (Germany) on 20-10 meters, verticals on 30 and 40 meters, a dipole on 75-80 meters, and an M2 5 element 6 meter beam. They will run 500 watts on 6m SSB/CW and FSK441. A 6 meter beacon is planned and will be on 50.102 MHz when the station is not manned, and the receiver will be active between beacon transmissions to listen for calls.

The primary callsign for the operation will be VP2MKV, and VP2MTT will probably be used on 6 meters. Near 24 hour operation is planned.

Tentative satellite pass plan for VP2MKV operation: They will attempt to be on the first two FO-29 ascending node passes June 11th through 20th.
If time allows they may be on the third ascending node those days. Those passes happen in late morning to mid afternoon Montserrat time. On those passes they will look first for South America when the satellite is south of them, then North America, then Europe during the short mutual window. If there are 2 meter or 6 meter terrestrial openings during the VHF contest June 13th and 14th, they will not be on satellite at those times.

Logs will be uploaded to LoTW soon after the group returns to the US.
Paper QSLs via N0KV, direct or via the bureau. US addressees send SASE;
addressees outside the US send SASE plus 2 USDs for return postage. Use of ClubLog has not been finalized at this time. Additional information will be posted under VP2MKV on QRZ.com.


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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 25th May 2015

Island activities:

AS-084. Han, DS2GOO, will be active as DS2GOO/4 from Sangch'uja Island in the Cheju-Do Province between May 27-29th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
It will be a low power, dipoles and vertical antennas operation.
QSL via DS2GOO, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-010. Chris, GM3WOJ, will be active as GM7V from Benbecula Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/DXpedition/Mixed-Mode entry. QSL via N3SL.

EU-092. Dave, GM0LVI, will be active as homecall/p from Tanera Mor (IOSA SC10, SCOTIA CN32, WAB NB90), Summer Isles, between July 25-31st. Activity will be on the HF Bands and in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op entry. Dave will be using a KX3, with various GPs and a Buddistick. QSL via GM0LVI, by the Bureau, direct to or LoTW.

EU-120. Ed, GW3SQX, will be active as G7O from Isle of Wight during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/CW-Mode/12-HRS entry. QSL via GW3SQX.

EU-123. A joint operation with the members of the Sheffield & District Wireless Society, Worksop ARS and the 93 Contest Group will be active as GM5TO from Isle of Arran, on the Seal Shore campsite, Kildonan (WW. Loc. IO75KK) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th).
Outside the contest they will be active as GM2AS (Sheffield DX Group) between July 23-26th. QSL via G3PHO for both callsigns. NO EQSL, NO LOTW and NO CLUBLOG. Operators mentioned are Peter/G3PHO, Mike/G0NEY, David/G8EQD, YL Krystyna/2E0KSH, M6JIJ, Steve/G0EAK, YL Sue/M6XAK, Peter/M0PJO, David/M0GDX, David/M5DWI and John/G4LKD. For more details and updates,

EU-128. Jan, DG8HJ, will once again be active as DG8HJ/p from Fehmarn Island (DID/GIA O-001, WLOTA 0637) between July 18th and August 3rd. Activity will be on the HF bands and in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

EU-144. While Dino Island was suspended, the IOTA committee approved 3 new entries for the same group and one of them, Scoglio Mantineo (“Mantineo Rock”) will soon be on the air! Members of the Calabria DX Team and ARI Vibo Valentia, cooperating with DxCoffee, will be at Mantineo Rock on May 23, 2015, with a small group of operators (Alex/IK8YFU, Pasquale/IZ8IYX, Domenico/IZ8BAD, Costantino/IZ8EPX, Davide/IZ8ESX and Domenico/IW8RAO). The Callsign will be ID8/IQ8HP and this activity will count for Italian Island Award (IIA K-019) too. QSL via IW8PQ (by the Bureau or direct).

EU-145. Operators Colin/G3VCQ (CT7ACG), Andy/M0GAV and possibly others will activate Culatra Island (DIA AI-01, DIP AL-001) in the Algarve Province of Portugal during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). They will use the special callsign CR5CW from the the Cabo de Santa Maria Lighthouse (ARLHS POR-013, DFFA FA-06, DFP FAL06, WLOTA 0144), located in the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa (WWFF CTFF-007). QSL via CT7ACG.

NA-168. Karl, KD5LCP, will be active as KD5LCP/p from Grand Isle (USI LA-003S, Jefferson County, LA) between June 27-28th. Activity will be holiday style (fishing trip), so operations will be sporatic on CW transmitting QRP. QSL via his home callsign.

OC-139. Rob, VK4AAC, will once again be active as VK4AAC/5 from Kangaroo Island (WLOTA 0869) between June 1st and August 25th. Activity will be on 40/20 meters SSB. Rob will also try to activate Flinders Chase National Park (WWFF VKFF-173), Dudley CP (VKFF- 809), Kelly Hill CP (VKFF-810) and Vivonne Bay CP (VKFF-811).
QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct (see QRZ.com)

SA-069. Operators Domingo/CE1DY, Erik/CE1OEB, Marco/CE1TBN, Pablo/CE1UMY and Nicolas/XQ1KZ will be active as XR1T from Santa Maria Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. Activity will be on all bands using CW and SSB. QSL via CE3OP.

RSGB IOTA website

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

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OT2ØØGBN - Preparation for Waterloo

Sunday 24th May 2015

The special event operation is a token of appreciation of the Belgian amateur radio operators for the British and their support in liberating Belgium of French rule in 1815. Captain Alexander Cavalié Mercer preparing the victory over Napoleon at Waterloo from the city of Geraardsbergen.

On May 29 1815, over 6,000 British cavalry gathered for an inspection of troops in preparation for the battle of Waterloo in the meadows beside the river Dender in the Belgian town of Onkerzele, now part of the city of Geraardsbergen (Grammont).

Several historical figures, including the Duke of Wellington, Prince Blücher, Lord Uxbridge and the Duke of Berry, Sir Rowland Hill, Sir George Wood and Alexander Cavalié Mercer commander of a Royal Horse Artillery troop attended the event. At that time, the Foot Guards and Sir Rowland Hill were stationed in the town of Geraardsbergen (Grammont).

Thanks to his cannons Captain Mercer managed to withstand three charges of the French cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo. Against the orders of Wellington, Captain Mercer’s courageous actions at Waterloo proved to be the cornerstone of the final victory over Napoleon and his French army. Captain Alexander Cavalié Mercer, later promoted to General, was born in 1783 in Kingston-upon-Hull Yorkshire, died in 1868 in Cowley, Devon.

Picture right :- Sir Arthur Wellesley 1st Duke of Wellington by Thomas Lawrence

Source http://www.uba.be/en/latest/flash/journal-waterloo-campaign

UBA site in Google English

BBC Battle of Waterloo Timeline

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Nepal now has a second repeater in operation

Saturday 23rd May 2015

The ARRL report a VHF repeater that had been held up in customs in Nepal during the response to the April 25 magnitude 7.8 earthquake now has been installed at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu

The new system will be put to use during the current earthquake recovery effort and available for any future emergencies, if needed.
Initially disrupted by a magnitude 7.3 aftershock earlier this month, the installation was completed on May 20. It is Nepal’s first VHF repeater (145.81 in/145.21 out with 100 Hz tone). The country’s only other repeater is a dual-band (VHF/UHF) machine. Ojha said the repeater, installed by Sanjeeb Panday, 9N1SP, and his students at Tribhuvan University, has been tested successfully from multiple locations in Nepal’s capital city.

“Even though they had to struggle through a challenging customs process, even though they were interrupted in their efforts by the second massive quake, they persevered and got the repeater functional during a time of a great humanitarian crisis,” Suresh Ojha, W6KTM, the Computer Association of Nepal-USA (CAN-USA)/Radio Mala Disaster Preparedness Committee chairman told ARRL this week. “The Nepali people now have two repeaters to service Kathmandu, both of them donated by CAN-USA.”

Read the full ARRL story at

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PSK31 and APRS CubeSat status update

Saturday 23rd May 2015

On May 22 Bob Bruninga WB4APR posted an update on the PSK31 and APRS CubeSats which were launched on Wednesday, May 20

Status Summary – Day 3 – May 22

* PSAT packet telemetry is OK, Digipeater will be off (secondary mission)
* PSAT PSK31 transponder is ON with 28.120 MHz uplink! (primary mission)
* WOD data fixed. Spin data now available. Right now it is at 3 RPM with
+Z pointing at Sun
* Launch TLE elements are 6 minutes ahead of satellite
* PCSAT.APRS.ORG web page is now also capturing PSAT telelmetry downlinks
* BRICSAT telemetry has been heard but is cycling OFF due to low power
* BRICSAT PSK31 downlink (also FM) has also been heard barely (when ON)
* USS Langley not heard

Only fault so far is the loss of the 4 day-fail-safe backup reset circuit (1 of 3) fail safe backup RESET capabilities. The lack of WOD data was because we had a LOW-POWER bits set that was holding it off.

BRICSAT PSK31 transponder is on identical frequencies as PSAT’s. You can tell them apart because one has PSK Telemetry on 315 Hz and the other is on 365 Hz. Both on the UHF FM downlink 435.350 MHz

145.825 PSAT 1200 baud AX.25
435.350 PSAT PSK31 FM – Brno University transponder

437.975 BRICsat 9600 baud
435.350 BRICsat PSK31 FM – Brno University transponder

437.475 USS Langley 9600 bd - No signal yet reported

Information on how to use the 28.120 MHz to 435.350 MHz PSK31 transponders can be found at

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Electric-blue clouds spotted over the Arctic circle

Saturday 23rd May 2015

NASA's AIM spacecraft has spotted a luminous patch of electric-blue drifting across the Arctic Circle.

The sighting marks the beginning of the 2015 season for northern-hemisphere noctilucent clouds (NLCs).

Long ago, NLCs were a polar phenomenon confined mainly to the Arctic. In recent years, however, they have intensified and spread, with sightings as far south as Utah and Colorado.

Learn more about these exotic clouds and how you might see them this summer on today's edition of http://spaceweather.com

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Mass 434 MHz balloon launch Sunday

Friday 22nd May 2015

There are many 434 MHz balloon launches planned for Sunday, May 24 from Elsworth, Cambridge, wind and weather permitting

The signals from the balloons should be receivable across much of the British Isles.

Provisional frequencies so far are:
434.447 – “ECC1” (PITS) (NTX2B can be reprogrammed)
434.300 – “CHEAPO” (RFM22 can be reprogrammed)
434.395 – “SPARK” (Fixed frequency)
869.500 – “CS4” (UKHASnet node with GPS)
434.250 - "HL1" (XABEN tracker)
434.350 - "uX0" (XABEN tracker)
434.550 - "uX2" (XABEN tracker)

Some of the launches should be Live Streamed via http://LiveHAB.com/

For the latest frequency updates and launch status check the UKHAS Google Group. Links for the group and real-time balloon tracking are at
http://amsat-uk.org/beginners/balloons/ -7

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Balloons galore attract trackers

Friday 22nd May 2015

The launching of the solar powered party-type balloons from Melbourne Australia is continuing. At least one, by Andy Nguyen VK3YT, is flying with a payload of a 25mW transmitter to give position, speed, altitude, temperature, and battery condition.

These balloons are being followed flying at high altitudes by their WSPR, JT9 signals and sometimes Olivia signals on the 30m and 20m bands, with trackers in VK, ZL and throughout the world.

After circumnavigating the southern hemisphere the balloon PS-41 went south towards Antarctica, then headed east to the southern end of South America.

That balloon disappeared in the Southern Ocean around April 21 and is believed to be the first flight on its kind in the Antarctic region.

While PS-42, put up by Andy VK3YT during the PS-41 record distance flight as part of a multiple-balloon tracking test, quickly crossed the International Dateline, but then slowed down and headed north to go down mid-way between New Zealand and South America.

PS-44 after travelling down the Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula to leave the mainland at Cape Schanck was last known to be in slow flight over Bass Strait.

Earlier and out-of-sequence PS-45 went from Melbourne westerly to Adelaide before turning inland heading towards north-east to exit at the Gold Coast in Queensland and out to sea.

The weather has been very unfavourable, which is to be expected at this time of the year in the southern hemisphere, but future flights in the series are planned.

Jim Linton VK3PC

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Friday 22nd May 2015

2015 is the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, one of the most important documents in the world.

Furness Amateur Radio Society in Cumbria has secured the call sign GB8CMC, 8 Centuries Magna Carta, and will be on the air during June to celebrate this great document.

The station will be active from 12th June until the 26 th June on the HF bands using a high power station, so listen for and work this unique station.

More information at QRZ.com

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Antenna made from liquid metal

Friday 22nd May 2015

The Register reports a liquid metal antenna can tune over a range of at least two times greater than systems using electronic switches

Researchers at the North Carolina State University (NCSU) have demonstrated a reconfigurable liquid-metal prototype in the Journal of Applied Physics.

The paper, titled A reconfigurable liquid metal antenna driven by electrochemically controlled capillarity describes "a new electrochemical method for reversible, pump-free control of liquid eutectic gallium and indium (EGaIn) in a capillary."

Antennas are interesting as the shape and length of the conducting paths which form them determine their operating frequencies and radiation patterns.

"Using a liquid metal – such as eutectic gallium and indium – that can change its shape allows us to modify antenna properties more dramatically than is possible with a fixed conductor," explained Jacob Adams, co-author of the paper and an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NCSU, in a press release by the American Institute of Physics.

Read the full story at

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Lidl sells DSP short wave radio for £6.99

Friday 22nd May 2015

Inside my local Lidl I found a Silvercrest SWED 100A "digital multi band radio" and could not resist it at £6.99


As supplied, it tunes in 5khz steps from 4.75 to 21.85Mhz, in continuous bands, as well as MW and VHF FM. In the garden I couldn't detect a local oscilaltor frequency so opened up the case (thus invalidating any guarantee!) and found inside a AKC 6955 Digital Signal Processing chip at its heart!

On the 'net I have found the datasheet in Japanese but with the odd word in English. This datasheet suggested that the radio might be modified to 3kHz channels and also Long Wave, different MW ranges and other VHF bands ("TV bands 1 and 2", but you'd have to take a soldering iron to the smd board for that.

So this is a "radio simple, computer complex" set, and I think I've seen the chip addressed by an Ardino somewhere, so it has great potential.

And in its correct state, great for some shorwave broadcast listening on the beach

Andy G0SFJ

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Getting into DMR

Friday 22nd May 2015

A radio amateur got in touch with Nick 2E0DVX asking for advice on the new digital voice mode DMR. He has now published a short article in reply

Nick demonstrated DMR at a recent Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) Skills Night at Danbury. Read his article at

CARS Skills Night

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Friday 22nd May 2015

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

I.C.P.O. Bulletin (22-28 May 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 May 2015 by Gwyn Williams, G4FKH

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AmateurLogic 78: Live from Dayton Hamvention 2015

Thursday 21st May 2015

Join George, Tommy, Ray and a host of special guests at Dayton Hamvention 2015. Shot in front of a live audience at the Icom booth.


AmateurLogic.TV Episode 78 is now available for download.

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Funding for national radio archive

Thursday 21st May 2015

Essex MP John Whittingdale has announced £9,568,900 for the British Library's Save Our Sounds project to digitise the nation's rare, unique and most vulnerable sound recordings and open them up online for people to hear

The British Library Save Our Sounds site describes one of its aims as being "to establish a national radio archive that will collect, protect and share a substantial part of the UK’s vibrant radio output, working with the radio industry and other partners".

Government announcement

British Library - Save Our Sounds

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Thursday 21st May 2015

Island activities:

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

AS-084; HL4, Cheju-Do Province (Ch'uja Islands) group: Han, DS2GOO, plans an activation of Chuja Island for the last week in May (ca.27 to 29). QRV with low power, vertical antennas and dipoles on 80-10m on CW, SSB, and digital modes. QSL via DS2GOO (d/B).

EU-021; TF, Iceland: Emmanuel, F5LIT, will get on the air holiday-style from Iceland (WLOTA 2975) between the 24th and 30th.
QRV mainly on 20m on SSB, and maybe 40m. QSL only via LoTW.

EU-047; DL, Niedersachsen State group: Mario, DJ7MH, will be active as DJ7MH/p from Baltrum (DID/GIA N-06) between the 22nd and 24th.
QRV on 40, 30, and 20m on CW with a QRP rig. QSL via DJ7MH (d/B), eQSL, LoTW.

EU-053; OJ0, SM, Market Reef: Pasi, OH3WS, will get on the air between the 23rd and 31st from Market Reef (OHFF-0038, ARLHS MAR-001, WLOTA 0542, Admiralty C4472) as OJ0W. QRV during his spare time on 40-10m on CW and SSB. QSL via OH3WS (d/B).

EU-125; OZ, Jylland West group: Tom, DL7UZO, is going to operate from Romo Island (DIA NS-001) between the 23rd and 31st as 5P9Z/p.
QRV on HF with a focus on RTTY and CW. QSL via DL7UZO (d/B), OQRS.

A group of amateurs (Gunni/DL9BCP, Gaby/DM1CG, Matze/DL9BQ, Ray/DH6DAO, and Roland/DG1DPN) will be active from the scout club station OZ1RDP on R?m? Island (DIA NS-001, OZFF-004, WW Loc.JO45gc) between the 22nd and 26th. QRV on HF on SSB, CW, and RTTY.
QSL via DL9BCP (d/B). http://www.oz1rdp.de/

NA-107; FM, Martinique: Martin, OL5Y, will pay Laurent (FM5BH) and his station a visit on Martinique (DIFO FM-001, WLOTA 1041) between May 22 and June 1. QRV as TO5Y holiday-style on HF and for a full Single-Op effort during the CQWW WPX CW Contest. QSL via OL5Y (d/B), LoTW.

OC-268, YB7, Laut Kecil Islands: Imam (YB4IR/7), Yunus (YB7NUS/p), and Usay (YB7KE/p) are going to activate Marabatuan Island between the 21st and 25th. Team leader and QSL manager is YB4IR.

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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Recognition for RSGB Exam Secretary

Wednesday 20th May 2015

On Tuesday, May 19, the RSGB Exam Secretary Carol was given a Certificate of Appreciation from the Norfolk Amateur Radio Club (NARC)

It was awarded for the “hard work, support and ‘extra mile’ she goes to support both Exam Secretaries…and candidates alike.”

The certificate was presented to her by the RSGB General Manager Graham Coomber G0NBI.

Carol handles the exams for around 2500 candidates each year and deals with exam secretaries in local clubs across the country. On hearing of her presentation the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) Training Organiser, Clive G1EUC, said "I have always found Carol extremely helpful and think that the award is well deserved. At CARS we can have up to 17 candidates for a single exam and Carol's helpful and cheerful attitude has made my job so much easier."

Norfolk Amateur Radio Club

RSGB Tutors Yahoo Group

RSGB Resources for trainers and students

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M6CME talks about space lasers on BBC

Wednesday 20th May 2015

On May 19, Dr. Lucy Rogers M6CME appeared on the BBC World Service show Outside Source to discuss the use of lasers to deflect pieces of space debris

In theory a laser in space could be used to nudge space debris into a different orbit which may speed up its re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

Japanese researchers propose the use of a Coherent Amplification Network (CAN) laser in conjunction with a piece of equipment called the Extreme Universe Space Observatory (EUSO), which can be used to detect impending space junk encounters, on the International Space Station (ISS).

Listen to the BBC Outside Source show, fast forward to 36:04 into the recording

DNA India story

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Use of RSL in UK callsigns

Tuesday 19th May 2015

In an email Ofcom has given guidance on the use of Regional Secondary Locators in the UK and Crown Dependencies with regard to Club callsigns

Clause 2(2) of the licence requires the licensee to use an RSL in the call sign to indicate where the station is currently operating. The available RSLs are then listed. Clause 2(2) applies to holders of the Full (Club) licence, as much as to individuals and club stations must therefore include an RSL in the transmitted call sign. However, Note (c) to the licence provides an alternative set of RSLs, which holders of a Full (Club) licence may use, if they wish. This alternative list includes an RSL for England (‘X’), which the list in Clause 2(2) does not. It means that a club station can identify itself as operating in England, while an individual Full or Foundation licensee cannot (for completeness, I should add that Intermediate licensees must also use an RSL, including ‘E’ when operating in England).

For example, an individual Full licensee with a main station address in Swansea but temporarily operating in Inverness, must use the RSL ‘M’ to signify operation in Scotland. Your illustrative call sign would therefore go from ‘GW3ABC’ (Wales) to ‘GM3ABC’ (Scotland). If the example given were a Swansea-based club station, the call sign would go from either ‘GW3ABC’ or ‘GC3ABC’ to either GM3ABC’ or ‘GS3ABC’.

In deciding which RSL to use, the licensee must ensure that the operation of the station complies with the overriding requirement set out in Clause 13(1)(a), that the station be clearly identifiable at all times. Having decided which RSL to use, the licensee must assess the risk of not being clearly identifiable, were the station suddenly to switch to an alternative RSL for the same part of the UK.


An element of confusion regarding this had originally arisen in 2013 following then Ofcom guidance on the matter. At that time Ofcom considered a GM4*** operate mobile from the Isle of Man would sign GM4***/M (still keeping their home RSL), see

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New Firmware Update for the IC-7600 HF Amateur radio Transceiver

Tuesday 19th May 2015

Icom have announced a significant firmware update for the IC-7600 HF Transceiver at the Dayton Hamvention 2015. The update provides a new range of functions including waterfall screen for the band scope, amongst many!

Details of each update and download instructions are as follows.
Please note that before you install the firmware, you should download the installation guide using the link on the firmware update page:

IC-7600 All versions: Firmware Update Version 2.00 – Download here!


• Waterfall screens, mouse operation, and other additional functions have been added to the spectrum scope.
• An APF AF Level setting has been added.
• CI-V commands for antenna control, logging software and RIT/DELTA-TX have been added.
• TX Delay (HF/50M) settings have been added to adjust the TX delay time.
• A Standby setting has been added to remotely turn ON the IC-7600 transceiver by a command from the REMOTE jack.
• “MOS-FET” is now the default value of “SEND Relay Type.”

Further Information

For more information, please refer to IC-7600 Information for Firmware version 2.00.

• Firmware can be updated using a USB flash drive. Thoroughly read Section 14 (UPDATING THE FIRMWARE) of the instruction manual to know what the update requires.
• Backup your transceiver’s data onto a USB flash drive as it is possible that your data could get lost or corrupted during the update. Thoroughly read Section 10 (File saving) of the instruction manual for details.
• Never turn OFF the transceiver power during the update.

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Ofcom: Business Radio Interest Group

Tuesday 19th May 2015

The RSGB reports Ofcom has now posted the files from the Business Radio Interest Group meeting on April 30

The Society says John Regnault, G4SWX gave a short presentation on the first six months of progress with the 146 MHz experimental amateur allocation.

Reduced Bandwidth Digital Amateur Television was a topic that interested many of the attendees and John played a couple of video clip examples with help from Noel, G8GTZ and colleagues from BATC

Ofcom meeting files

Source http://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/headlines/2015/05/15/business-radio-interest-group-meeting/


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Geomagnetic Storm on May 19th

Tuesday 19th May 2015

A moderate (G2-class) geomagnetic storm is underway on May 19th as Earth enters an unsettled stream of solar wind.

High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras, especially during the hours around local midnight.

Visit http://spaceweather.com for updates.

To check progress, click on "Auroras" at the bottom of our left hand menu.

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Fox-1 news from Dayton

Monday 18th May 2015

During the Dayton Hamvention, AMSAT Vice President Operations, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, and AMSAT Vice President - Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, provided more information about the Fox-1 satellites under development.

Buxton, N0JY, says Fox-1A has passed all environmental testing and is integrated into the P-POD deployment canister. "The 'remove before flight pin' has been pulled, the doors closed on the P-POD, and everything is aboard the shipping container now en route to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California for launch", said Buxton.

Previously Buxton had announced plans to incorporate an L band receiver in Fox-1C and Fox-1D. The addition will allow ground commanded selection of the U/v (normal Fox-1 bands) or the new L/v 1.2 GHz (23 cm) mode. Both bands will operate as FM single channel.
(See: http://www.amsat.org/?p=4000)

During the satellite operations segment of the AMSAT Forum Glasbrenner provided the details of the uplink and downlink frequencies for the Fox-1 FM cubesat fleet.

Fox-1 Frequencies


Uplink FM (67 Hz tone)

Downlink FM


435.180 MHz

145.980 MHz


435.250 MHz

145.960 MHz


435.300 MHz
1267.300 MHz **

145.920 MHz
145.920 MHz


435.350 MHz
1267.350 MHz **

145.880 MHz
145.880 MHz

* Pending IARU Coordination, If needed, changes will be announced

** U/v and L/v operations switchable by command station, not operational simultaneously

According to Buxton, the team is planning to have an affordable L band uplink ground station available to amateurs by the time Fox-1C is on orbit.

• Fox-1A will launch on a NASA ELaNa flight scheduled during the third quarter, 2015 from Vandenberg AFB. Fox-1A is a passenger aboard this launch driven by the schedule of the primary payload.
When updates are available with firm dates they will be announced via the ANS bulletins and in the AMSAT Journal.

• Fox-1B will fly with the Vanderbilt University radiation experiments expected in 2016.

• Fox-1C will launch on Spaceflight's maiden mission of the SHERPA multi-cubesat deployer on a SpaceX Falcon 9 flight planned for late 2015.

• Fox-1D is a flight spare for Fox-1C. If not needed as a spare it will fly with the University of Iowa HERCI radiation mapping experiment.

• Fox-1E "Evolution" will carry a Mode J linear transponder. The transponder is planned to be 30 kHz wide and will also have a 1200 bps BPSK telemetry beacon. Launch opportunities are being developed, to be announced at a later date.

AMSAT has an immediate need to raise funds to cover both the launch contract and additional materials for construction and testing for Fox-1C. Please help us to continue to keep amateur radio in space.
Donations may be made via the:
• Paypal and credit card payment on the AMSAT website at

• Donation link in the AMSAT store:

• Call the AMSAT office at (888) 322-6728


AMSAT Engineering and AMSAT Operations Teams

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Fox-1 Operating Guide is available

Monday 18th May 2015

AMSAT's Director of Field Operations, Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, invites you to view and download the 'Fox-1 Operating Guide' which was released at the 2015 Dayton Hamvention.

This color PDF file is designed to print double-sided. Two different resolution versions are available:

• Low resolution PDF suitable for on-screen display (~400 KB size)

• High resolution, press quality PDF for hard-copy printing (~2 MB size)

To access these files visit the AMSAT web and follow the path:
http://www.amsat.org --> Satellite Info --> Station and Operating Hints.

The direct link is http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=2144 where you'll find the link to the Guide.

AMSAT FieldOps Team

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RFinder for the visually impaired

Monday 18th May 2015

Gerry Leary, WB6IVF demonstrates RFinder with VoiceOver for the visually impaired...

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X-Wing 434 MHz balloon on BBC Click

Monday 18th May 2015

On Sunday, May 17 the BBC TV show Click broadcast a report on Essex Star Wars enthusiasts who flew an X-Wing in near-space

The balloon carrying the X-Wing model was launched from Cambridge on April 21 and reached an altitude of 36,190m before bursting and returning to Earth, landing in a field between Bedford and Northampton. Telemetry and Slow Scan Digital Video (SSDV) were transmitted on 434.510 MHz.

X-Wing in Space – Credit Essex Space Agency

Phil St Pier of Romford and Matt Kingsnorth of Brentwood took around six months to complete the project at a cost of about £1,200.

Watch the BBC report with video shot at the "Essex Space Agency" Brentwood branch at

Read the Romford Recorder story at

Project Helium Tears

High Altitude Balloons

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QSO Today EP 41 John Langridge - KB5NJD - 630 meters

Sunday 17th May 2015

For John Langridge, KB5NJD, amateur radio is a way of life, like the martial arts. He demonstrates that our amateur radio license privileges give us the real world opportunities to explore the science of radio.

He does this now in the 630 meter band with an experimental license.

John takes us on his amateur radio journey and shares with Eric, 4Z1UG, the discoveries he has made along with way on this QSO Today.
He urges us to get out of our comfort zone to really experience the thrill of our hobby.

Show Notes: http://www.qsotoday.com/podcasts/kb5njd
Podcast Link: http://goo.gl/ZLlggj
iTunes Store: http://goo.gl/CvLNmV

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OZ7IGY - 5,7 GHz beacon now on Next Generation Beacons platform

Sunday 17th May 2015

On Friday 15 May, the 5,7 GHz OZ7IGY beacon was migrated to the Next Generation Beacons platform http://www.rudius.net/oz2m/ngnb

The 5,7 GHz beacon is now frequency and time locked to GPS.

The sequence is timed to start at 00 second sending PI4 followed by a short pause then CW ID sending callsign and locator, then pause and carrier until next cycle. The nominal frequency remains the same, i.e. 5760,930 MHz.

To decode PI4 tune your receiver to 800 Hz below the nominal frequency, just like you do when you want to decode a normal CW signal at 800 Hz. On most radios this is a USB dial of 5.760.929.020. The antenna now is an omnidirectional wave guide slot.

PI4 is a digital modulation (MGM) specifically designed with beacons and propagation studies in mind.

PI4 decoder download: http://www.rudius.net/oz2m/software/pi-rx

PI4 encoding examples in Arduino C, Atmel C, Delphi Pascal, Microsoft Visual Basic and Microsoft C++: http://www.rudius.net/oz2m/ngnb/software.htm

PI4 online encoding and frequency calculation: http://www.rudius.net/oz2m/ngnb/pi4encoding.php

PI4 specification: http://www.rudius.net/oz2m/ngnb/pi4.htm PI4 is a cousin of JT4, JT9 and WSPR.

OZ7IGY homepage: http://www.oz7igy.dk


Bo, OZ2M

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Camb-Hams to operate from Isle of Mull

Saturday 16th May 2015

Ten members of the Camb Hams are returning to Grasspoint IO76EJ on Mull (IOTA EU-008) from 15-21 May 2015 as GS3PYE/P

Camb-Hams operating from the Isle of Mull in 2012

They will be QRV with multiple stations on HF on 3.5-28MHz SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK with dipoles and verticals and up to 400W if necessary.

VHF activity will be on 50MHz, 70MHz and 144MHz, all bands QRO with sizeable antennas.

VHF will be mainly QRV using JT6m or ISCAT on 50MHz, FSK441 on 70MHz and FSK441 and JT65b (for EME) on 144MHz, but SSB and CW is also possible, especially in any sporadic E propagation openings. Other modes by agreement.

Satellite operations on 2m & 70cm will use an Icom IC-910 and X-Quad antennas mounted on a fully automatic AZ/EL tracking system. If internet connectivity allows, the VHF operators will monitor ON4KST Chat for terrestrial activity and N0UK JT65 chat for EME. You can submit your VHF sked requests online here: http://tiny.cc/gs3pyesked

The team will be QRV in the 80m CW CC event on the 21st and in the 144MHz contest on the 16th and 17th. They may do very short side trips to Iona and the Treshnish Islands and will announce these nearer the time on the website.

Please QSL only via OQRS on ClubLog for direct or bureau cards. Do not send any cards direct or via the bureau.

For the latest info see

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RSGB AGM pictures released

Saturday 16th May 2015

The RSGB has released pictures of the 2015 AGM held in London

Among those appearing are London Hackspace, winners of the RSGB Club of the Year 2014, see

The pictures are part of the RSGB's new Photo Archive which is available to Members at

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

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Opera 2 meter Tropo North Med

Saturday 16th May 2015

With the onset of Summer, excellent Tropo conditions return to the north Mediterranean.

Providing opportunity for 2 way Opera 0.5 [30 second -20 dB s/n] over ranges so far of 1439 Km, with UA3XX and RX3OFM also exchanging decodes over a 378 Km path, from the Moscow area

Melilla North African coast to Nice

18:28 144180 EA9MH de F5BOF Op05 798 mi -19 dB F:32%_Ini in Nice JN33PR with 10w + 3 el. Horizontal qtf 30º

The opera system is now deployed from 136 KHz, HF through to the 2mtr 70cm, 23 cm and 10GHz bands and continues development, providing effective path monitoring, with minimal equipment over heads.

A true serial data mode, using ON-OFF keying, Opera, may be retro fitted to 'any' existing Beacon, CW or FSK, totally free running, with no time lock requirements .

Graham G0NBD

Links and information

Available as windows based Tx/Rx package:

Also, in the U3 qrp beacon kit : http://www.hanssummers.com/ultimate3.html
and 'Next Generation Beacon Project:


User group, over 600 members : https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/O_P_E_R_A_/info

Face Book page:

24 Hour snap shot, taken from the PSK-Reporter


I1PSC EA9MH 2m OPERA 1439 km 19:41:07
EA9MH I1PSC 2m OPERA 1439 km 10:46:30
F5BOF EA9MH 2m OPERA 1285 km 17:50:05
EA9MH F5BOF 2m OPERA 1285 km 17:47:13
I1PSC EA5CV/P 2m OPERA 1029 km 07:10:28
EA5DOM I1PSC 2m OPERA 1000 km 10:14:49
I1PSC EA5DOM 2m OPERA 1000 km 17:27:05
EA5TT I1PSC 2m OPERA 956 km 19:56:53
I1PSC EA5TT 2m OPERA 956 km 19:11:44
F5BOF EA5CV/P 2m OPERA 873 km 17:39:30
F5BOF EA5DOM 2m OPERA 845 km 17:59:59
F5BOF EA5TT 2m OPERA 798 km 19:04:44
EA5TT F5BOF 2m OPERA 798 km 19:18:07
I1PSC F6HTJ 2m OPERA 531 km 17:19:47
F6HTJ I1PSC 2m OPERA 531 km 17:13:26
EA5DOM EA9MH 2m OPERA 444 km 10:28:59
EA9MH EA5DOM 2m OPERA 444 km 15:36:11
EA7HLB EA5CV/P 2m OPERA 435 km 20:10:55
EA9MH EA5CV/P 2m OPERA 416 km 18:01:05
UA3XX RX3QFM 2m OPERA 378 km 18:08:24
RX3QFM UA3XX 2m OPERA 378 km 17:59:29
EA4EOB EB5BQC 2m OPERA 357 km 19:32:37
EB5BQC EA4EOB 2m OPERA 357 km 19:28:10
EA4ADJ EB5BQC 2m OPERA 215 km 18:20:11
I1PSC F5BOF 2m OPERA 158 km 17:49:02
F5BOF I1PSC 2m OPERA 158 km 18:07:17

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CQ announces 2015 Hall of Fame inductees

Friday 15th May 2015

CQ magazine today announced its 2015 Hall of Fame inductees, adding two members each to the CQ DX and Contest Halls of Fame, as well as nine new members of the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honours those individuals, whether licensed hams or not, who have made significant contributions to amateur radio; and those amateurs who have made significant contributions either to amateur radio, to their professional careers or to some other aspect of life on our planet.

The 2015 inductees (listed alphabetically) are:

Tim Allen, KK6OTD - Actor and star of the ABC comedy, "Last Man Standing," on which his character is also a ham, Mike Baxter, KA0XTT.

Charles Apgar, ex-2MN (SK) - uncovered German spy transmissions from Telefunken shore station WSL in New York during WWI.

Dan Benishek, KB8TOW - Member of Congress from Michigan. Medical doctor and advocate for veterans.

Olof Lundberg, G0CKV - Leader of the communications satellite industry for a quarter-century. Founding Director General of Inmarsat; founder, CEO and Chairman of ICO Global Communications and CEO of Globalstar, Inc.

Bre Pettis, W2BRE - 3D printing pioneer and founder of MakerBot.

Alvino Rey, W6UK (SK) - A leading musician of the swing era, Rey is considered the father of the electric guitar and inventor of the talk box, pickups and other electronic musical devices. He combined his love for music with his love of radio to transform the music world.

Bob Twiggs, KE6QMD - Co-inventor of the cubesat design standard.

Greg Walden, W7EQI - Member of Congress from Oregon. Chairman of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee.

Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, YD2JKW - President of Indonesia.


CQ DX and Contest and DX Halls of Fame

The CQ DX and Contest Halls of Fame honor those amateurs who not only excel in personal performance in these major areas of amateur radio but who also "give back" to the hobby in outstanding ways.

The 2015 inductees to the CQ DX Hall of Fame are:

Yasuo "Zorro" Miyazawa, JH1AJT - is a DXer, DXpeditioner, educator and philanthropist. Zorro is the founder and CEO of the Seisa Group, which runs schools in several countries; and founder/CEO of the Foundation for Global Children, which provides medical and educational support for children in Japan, Bhutan, Myanmar, Cambodia and Bangladesh. Zorro has also helped promote or re-introduce amateur radio to many of these places, and has donated money and/or equipment to help amateurs in rare locations get or stay on the air.

Michael Wells, G7VJR - is founder of Club Log, an online DXpedition log-hosting tool that has changed the face of DXpedition operating by, among other things, allowing operators to upload their logs while still on the air and permit hams around the world to know if they are "in the log" on a given band or mode. Michael is a DXpeditioner himself, having been part of a half-dozen major operations and having operated from 25 different DX entities over the past 10 years.


The 2015 inductees to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame are:

Doug Grant, K1DG - is not only a world-class contester, but has not hesitated to share his knowledge and skills with others. He has built or helped to build several championship contest stations, is a founding member of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club, a founding director of the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation, is a regular instructor at Contest University and has run the Contest Forum at the Dayton Hamvention® for the past 20 years. In addition, Doug has competed in five World Radiosport Team Championships (WRTCs), and has medaled three times.

Ward Silver, N0AX - has been a contester for over four decades and has operated from some of the world's top contest stations, spanning four continents. A founder of the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) competitions in 1990, Ward is currently Secretary of the WRTC Sanctioning Committee. He is also president of the YASME Foundation, which supports DXpeditions and contest operations around the world, QST contesting editor and author of Ham Radio for Dummies and Circuitbuilding Do-It-Yourself for Dummies.

Formal inductions to the CQ Contest and DX Halls of Fame are scheduled for the Dayton Hamvention.® More detailed descriptions of inductees will appear in the official announcement in the July 2015 issue of CQ magazine.

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Iowa CubeSat students get ham radio licenses

Friday 15th May 2015

The University of Iowa reports its students will conduct Van Allen radiation belt experiment with the AMSAT Fox CubeSat

Thanks to a proposal by the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy, a group of senior electrical and computer engineering students will reenact James Van Allen’s original experiment - this time with updated technology. Group members Kevin Klosterman KD9CPF, Bryan Senchuk KD9CPD, Tyler Dunkel KE0CHR, and Patrick Maloney KD9CPD took on the task as a part of their senior design project for the College of Engineering.

The group is trying to figure out how much energy is emanating from the Van Allen belts at a specific altitude. To measure that, they’ve built a radiation sensor attached to a circuit board that will launch into space on a small satellite. There, the radiation sensor will detect energetic particles from the Van Allen belts. The satellite will sit in a low-Earth orbit and circle the globe every 90 minutes, some data will be transmitted in real time, but all of it is stored for later transmission.

“I feel like we’ve learned something new every day,” Klosterman says.

Not only did the students have to come up with a design concept, write the code to run the device, and build the circuit board by hand, they also had to learn and become licensed ham radio operators as well.

The satellite that the students are using to launch into space is part of the CubeSat program — an initiative supported by NASA to help give students more hands-on experience with space research — and is being constructed by AMSAT, the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, whose mission is to foster amateur radio participation in space technology. The data from a full day of operating the experiment will be transmitted from the satellite as it makes a single pass over the CubeSat tracking station on top of Van Allen Hall.

The final result will be a full mapping of the radiation levels at a low Earth orbit.

It is hoped the Fox CubeSat with an FM voice transponder will be launched later this year.

Read the full story at

Each year 100's of students are introduced to amateur radio through University CubeSat satellite programs with many going on to get their amateur license.

AMSAT Fox http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=1113

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

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GX6ZME/P weekend portable on 50MHz

Friday 15th May 2015

Telford and District Amateur Radio Society will be active as GX6ZME/P this weekend on 6m as part of the series of portable operations planned for the year. Setting up at 10am, then qrv midday Saturday until 10am BST Sunday this weekend.

We are testing out the club kit ready for 6m trophy and VHF NFD and having some fun on the magic band, because we can!

The location is the village field at Little Wenlock, Telford, Shropshire near to where the club is based. The field is at the back of a good pub The Huntsman. Any visitors, please don't park in the pub car park, but to the right of the pub there is parking along a short lane.

Have a look on our Facebook site to see the beam we are using!

We will try and keep people informed via
Twitter @g3zme
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/telfordhams
and DX clusters

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Sarah Brightman – Space Flight Postponed

Thursday 14th May 2015

Sarah Brightman (photo right) announced Wednesday, May 13, 2015 that she is postponing her plans to launch aboard the upcoming Soyuz TMA-18M spaceflight mission expected for September

Ms. Brightman said that for personal family reasons her intentions have had to change and she is postponing her cosmonaut training and flight plans at this time.

She would like to express her extreme gratitude to Roscosmos, Energia, GCTC (Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center), Star City, NASA and all the cosmonauts and astronauts, for their support during this exciting time in her life.

“Since 2012, Sarah has shared her story of a lifelong dream to fly to space. Her international fame as the world’s best-selling soprano has enabled her message to circle the globe, inspiring others to pursue their own dreams,” said Eric Anderson, Co-Founder and Chairman of Space Adventures, Ltd. “We’ve seen firsthand her dedication to every aspect of her spaceflight training and to date, has passed all of her training and medical tests. We applaud her determination and we’ll continue to support her as she pursues a future spaceflight opportunity.”

AMSAT-UK http://amsat-uk.org/
Twitter https://twitter.com/AmsatUK
Facebook https://facebook.com/AmsatUK
Flickr https://flickr.com/groups/AmsatUK
YouTube https://youtube.com/AmsatUK
Yahoo Group

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Nepal earthquake disaster recovery continues

Thursday 14th May 2015

Thousands of people spent many hours in temporary shelters or outdoors when a 7.4 earthquake struck Nepal on Tuesday, less than three weeks after the worst quake there in more than 80 years.

More than 8,000 were killed on April 25, and the latest saw further destruction and killed dozens of people.

Satish 9N1AA reports that there has not been any tremor above 5 in the last half a day, with people now returning to their houses. Most in the Kathmandu Valley had been in temporary shelters.

Almost immediately the fresh earthquake was felt in Nepal and neighbouring India, the 20m emergency frequency was activated as people ran outdoors, already traumatised by the earlier event and fearing the worst.

The search for missing people is continuing. Rescue groups, non-government organisations giving humanitarian and first aid, the military, the International Telecommunications Union and the Nepalese government, are still doing their work.

Satish 9N1AA said queries about missing persons are still being received from overseas. The best way to handle them is suggested via the central registry of the Red Cross.

Avalanches caused by the tremors have made some areas very unsafe, and the retrieval of bodies has been postponed.

Everybody is doing the best with the recovery work before the arrival of monsoon rains in the area.

Jim Linton VK3PC
Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.

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A radio with no analogue parts ?

Wednesday 13th May 2015

Monty Barlow describes a working radio transmitter with only digital parts, code-named Pizzicato

No analogue filters and mixers. No exotic Gallium Arsenide chips. Just good old regular digital logic. This is a big deal, and no one has done it before.

Despite the buzz around an increasingly digital world, so called ‘Software Defined Radios‘ today have one foot firmly in the analogue past. Mobile phones, Wi-Fi access points, police radios and Bluetooth headsets all use analogue circuitry to handle radio frequencies.

So what have we done differently? New mathematical tricks mean we can compute multi-Gigabit/second, digital waveforms in real time without a supercomputer. Software can shape and control this waveform, making almost any signal imaginable at any frequency.

Read his post and watch the video at

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Live web stream from the Dayton Hamvention

Wednesday 13th May 2015

W5KUB.COM will be live streaming of the Dayton Hamvention this weekend. Thousands of dollars of prizes for our viewers.

We go live at 8:00AM CT Wed as we drive the 500 miles from Tn, to Dayton, OH.

Please help us spread the word


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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 13th May 2015

Island activities:

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: Alex, SQ9UM, and his brother Tom, SQ9C, will be active holiday-style from Fuerteventura between May 18 and 25 signing EA8/homecalls. QRV on 40-6m on CW, RTTY, SSB, and PSK.
QSL via h/c.

EU-008; GM, MM, Inner Hebrides: The Camb-Hams group is going to activate Mull (IOSA NH15, SCOTIA CN10, WW Loc. IO76EJ) from the 15th to 21st. QRV on 80-10m on SSB, CW, RTTY, and PSK; also on 6m, 4m, and 2m, and on satellites: AO-7 (Mode B), VO-52, FO-29, SO-50, and AO-73. The group also hopes for short trips to Iona (EU-008) and Treshnish Island (EU-108), see their website for updates on that.
QSL via ClubLog OQRS or via bureau.

EU-013; GJ, MJ, Jersey: A group of Belgian amateurs (Eddy/ON6EF, Jan/ON6VJ, Bruno/ON1CH) activates Jersey (WLOTA 0818, WW Loc. IN89) from the 14th until the 18th on 160-6m signing MJ/homecalls. While there, Eddy also plans a short trip to Sark Island (EU-114, WLOTA 0944), working as MU/ON6EF/p with 100W. QSL via homecalls (d/B).

EU-037; SM7, Kalmar County group: Hans, DK3PZ, will be active as SM7/DK3PZ from Oland (WLOTA 0588) between the 16th and 23rd. QRV on 80-10m, QSL via h/c (d/B), eQSL.

EU-105; F, Bretagne (Finistere North) Region group: Gil/F4FET, Diego/F4HAU, and Jerome/F4HJO are going to put Stagadon Island (DIFM MA-094, WW Loc. IN78qp) on the air between May 14 and 18. QRV on 40-6m 8SSB & RTTY) with three rigs as TM2BIG. QSL via F4FET (d/B), OQRS via ClubLog. NA-142; Florida State North West (Escambia to Walton Conty) group: James, KG4JSZ, is going to visit Santa Rosa Island (USi FL-003S) right after the Dayton Hamvention. QRV on May 18, 01z to 17z as KG4JSZ/p. QSL via KG4JSZ (d), LoTW.

OC-262; YB4-5, Sumatra?s Costal Islands South: A large team consisting of Hafni/YB5FN, Vector/YB5BOY, Surya/YB5EHQ, Denny/YC5KIK, Yhonny/ YB5LX, Mardiyan/YC5MB, Syahril/YC5DSM, Dahnial/YC5KJY, Nana/YC5EGN, Zulherman/ YC5JYY, Uncu/YD5DFR, Zainal/YD5KCI, Horizony/YB5HO, Fristianto/YC5KKB, Fauzimar/YD5DUI, Alfadi/YB5JAJ, and Robby/YD4IRS is going to activate Pasumpahan Island (WW Loc. OI08ev) with the call YB5M from May 14 to 17 on 80-10m on CW, SSB, and digital modes. QSL via ClubLog OQRS.

SA-036; P4, Aruba Island: Watch out for Peter (VK3FN) as P40FN, Chris (VK3FY) as P40FY, and David (K3LP) as P40DC from the station of P49V in Oranjestad (WLOTA 0033, WW Loc. FK42xn). QRV between May 19 and 26 on 160-6m on CW, SSB, and digital modes. QSL for all calls via M0OXO, OQRS. http://www.p49v.com/

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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New Nepal Earthquake May 12

Tuesday 12th May 2015

Amateur radio emergency nets are reported to have been activated on 14205 kHz and 14215 kHz

On 9N1EMERGECY Colin Wilson posted:
Following the announcement this morning of further earthquakes in Nepal we have activated 14205 kHz and our primary frequency for Emergency traffic to and from Nepal. 14215 has been activated also as a secondary frequency, stations wishing to assist should call net control on 215 not 205 thanks.

9N1EMERGENCY Facebook Group

On the RAYNET-HF site Greg Mossop G0DUB reports:

At 0705UTC this morning Nepal was hit by a new earthquake of magnitude 7.4. The planned response from the American MARS service with 9N1SP is now in place should support be required. However there is still a large international disaster response structure in the country from the earlier event.

More information when I get it.

Greg, G0DUB
IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator
RAYNET-HF http://raynet-hf.net/

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New Secretary of State for DCMS

Tuesday 12th May 2015

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has policy responsibility for Ofcom and provides funding for the Agency

On May 11, 2015 John Whittingdale, MP for Maldon in Essex, was appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Over the past decade he has engaged in correspondence with several Essex radio amateurs on various radio related matters.

He has an good understanding of the problems caused by badly designed TV sets when used in the presence of signals from licenced radio users. In 2012 he initiated a Parliamentary debate on the problems poorly designed TV systems might face from 800 MHz 4G.

A transcript can be read at

In 2013 a DCMS report highlighted the need for Ofcom to enforce the Wireless Telegraphy Act (WTA) through the means of Fixed Penalty Fines instead of the high-cost route of revoking licences.
To-date Ofcom has conspicuously failed to use such fines as far as the Amateur Service is concerned. It is understood Ofcom has never even revoked an amateur licence since the Agency was created back in 2003.

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RFinder - Now works with Facebook!

Monday 11th May 2015

From the shack of W2CYK in Wading River, NY:

The RFinder team is pleased to announce a major update on Android and iPhone. The next level of Social Repeater directory is now here!  By downloading the latest version of RFinder, now available in Google Play, you get the new functionality... iPhone version is just waiting for Apple to release it.

RFinder is now integrated with Facebook. Social settings can be found in the RFinder Android’s app menu and in the Settings app on iOS devices. Choose how to share your repeater checkins... in RFinder, on APRS, and now on Facebook!

If you log in to Facebook from the app, your repeater check-ins will be posted to your timeline! Your friends who follow you will now see your check-ins on their newsfeed. If you choose to post to APRS, you will show up on APRS and if you connect to an EchoLink node using the integration with the EchoLink App, your posting on APRS will be both local to you and local to the remote repeater! Others using RFinder will see your check-ins in the app as well.

Search for a repeater you are currently monitoring. Touch the repeater in the list and press check in, or touch the EchoLink node number to connect with the EchoLink app. It’s that easy.

In the Settings screen, there are settings for automatic check-in timeout and list update frequency, as well as choosing APRS and Facebook.

As mentioned, we are integrated with the EchoLink App on Android and iPhone/iPad... You can see this on this YouTube video:

Don’t forget to check out our new announcement a few weeks ago about Repeater Routing on the Web and RT Systems!

More Info: http://www.rfinder.net/subscribe.php
Email: W2CYK@rfinder.net
Dayton: Booth NH246
Friedrichsafen: Find us at the RSGB or A.R.S. Italy booth

RFinder is the official repeater directory of Radio Amateurs Canada
RFinder is the official repeater directory app of Radio Society Great Britain
RFinder is the official repeater directory of Amateur Radio Society Italy

Stay tuned... More new stuff by Dayton! See you there!

The RFinder Team
Jesse KD2BTQ
Jesse W2EEO

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IARUMS newsletter now available

Monday 11th May 2015

The latest IARUMS Newsletter reports Radio France International on 7205 kHz has been splattering into the amateur radio 40m band, sometimes as low as 7180 kHz

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 April 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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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 11th May 2015

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 3rd May, through Sunday, 10th May there were 219 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D6, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TT, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,

V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VK9X, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZL7, ZP, ZS

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


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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 11th May 2015

Island activities:

EU-009. Members of the Orkney Amateur Radio Club (OARC) will be active as MM0MWW from Flotta Island (IOSA OR13) in the Orkney Island Group between July 17-19th. No other details were provided. Visit the OARC Web page at: http://www.eu009.com

EU-029. Ric, DL2VFR, will be active as OZ0FR/P from Mon Island between July 11-31st. He plans to be in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) using the callsign OZ0FR as a Single-Op/CW-Mode/High-Power entry. QSL via DL2VFR. He also mentions that he will be active before and after the contest using the callsign OU0POLIO (via OZ1ACB).

EU-047. Mario, DJ7MH, will be active as DJ7MH/p from Baltrum Island (DID/GIA N-06) between May 22-24th. Activity will be on 40/30/20 meters CW, using QRP. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau (preferred). QSL via eQSL and LoTW.

EU-051. Just a reminder to look for operators Giovanni/IK5BCM and Andrea/IU5BLZ to be active as IE9B from Ustica Island between now and May 16th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via IU5BLZ, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL.

EU-073. Vin, IK7IMO, will be active as IJ7V from San Pietro Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/SSB-Mode/24 Hrs/High-Power/DXpedition entry. QSL via IK7IMO.

EU-074. Just a reminder to look for operators Francis/ON8AZ, Geert/ON7USB, Tim/ON5HC, Lieven/ON4PQ and Pat/ON7PQ to be active as TM5U from Ile Brehat, France, between May 10-16th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via ON8AZ.
For more details, see their Web site at: http://www.eu074.be

EU-174. Laci, HA0HW, will once again be active from Thassos Island (GIOTA NAS-037, MIA MG-124, WLOTA LH-4186, QRA KN20HS), as SW8WW (ex-J48HW) between May 29th and June 8th. He will operate mainly CW, with some SSB and RTTY, on the HF bands (usually on 40/30/20/17/12/10 meters) and on 6 meters. He will enter the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. His rigs are usually a FT-840 with a MOS-FET amplifier (300-400 watts) and an IC-706 (for 6m only). Antennas are a monoband Gps, dipoles on SPIDER, and dipoles on fishing poles. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the HA Bureau, or by the OQRS via ClubLog is 'OK' as well.

NA-248. (Update/New IOTA) Cezar, VE3LYC, who is planning to activate Melville Island sometime between the period August 3-10th (Exact dates TBA). Landing permission and logistics have been granted.
On May 8th, Cezar announced, "Industry Canada have just approved the special callsign I have requested for this operation. My plan is to operate from the east part of the island, which is administered by the province of Nunavut, and the callsign will be VY0M. All contacts will count for CQ Zone 1." Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via VE3LYC, direct or by the Bureau. An OQRS will be available via ClubLog for both direct and Bureau QSL. There is now a Web page available at:

RSGB IOTA website

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

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Transatlantic beacon reception on 144 MHz

Sunday 10th May 2015

The 144.436 MHz beacon D4C in the Cape Verde Islands HK76mv was received at PJ4VHF in Bonaire, Caribbean EM95qc on May 6 over a distance of 4686 km

A post on the D4C Facebook page says:

On May 6, 2015 history was made on contact across the Atlantic on VHF bands on the W-E path: The new D4C 2m beacon was received on Tropo for several hours in the Caribbean by PJ4VHF Dave on Bonaire on almost 4700km path. The band was open for 90 minutes from 0100-0230 UTC May 6, 2015. Report 519 on a TS-2000 with 2 x 13 element yagis.

Beacons were set up from the Monteverde Contest Team D4C and in particular by HB9DUR and IZ4DPV. We thanks HB9OK Tera radio club for providing the old unused equipment laboratory tested from HB9BCD Carlo. We are glad that our efforts help the VHF community. Let’s work for more with the aim of a two-way communication.

We are encouraging any Caribbean and south American station with 2m capability to keep listening to D4C/B on 144.436 MHz and to spread out the news as well as stations in the U.K. on the other direction.

Thanks to PJ4VHF Dave for this fantastic reception and happy DX’ing on VHF.

Watch D4C 144.426 MHz at PJ4VHF (4686km)

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/D4C.STATION

D4C beacon

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Free Reduced Bandwidth TV Magazine

Sunday 10th May 2015

The British Amateur Television Club (BATC) has released a free PDF special edition magazine about RB-TV

The RB-TV magazine contains a collection of articles covering transmitting narrow bandwidth Digital Amateur Television (DATV) and the new 1 MHz allocations at 70.5 and 146 MHz.

- Spectrum Matters
- Reduced Bandwidth DATV (RB-TV)
- RB-TV Awards Programme
- DigiThin: A Narrowband QPSK Modulator for the Raspberry Pi
- A Two way on 146.5MHz RB-DATV
- Stop press! Ofcom release 70 MHz spectrum for digital experimentation
- DigiThin Beta Testing

Download the free magazine via

BATC Forum

Digital ATV Yahoo Group

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April RSGB Board Proceedings

Sunday 10th May 2015

The RSGB Board proceedings for April 24, 2015 highlight an increase in Foundation candidates

Graham Coomber G0NBI said there had been a 13% increase in the number of candidates sitting the Foundation Examination compared to the same quarter of 2014 with a 19% increase in the number passing.

Read the RSGB Board proceedings at

You can join the RSGB online at

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

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UK ham radio licence statistics

Saturday 9th May 2015

Ofcom have released the amateur radio licence statistics for May

They show that at the end of April there were a total of 83,053 licences issued.

It is thought there may be around 25,000 lifetime licences issued since December 2006 that have not been revalidated every 5 years as requested by Ofcom. The holders of these licences may have either passed away in the past 8 years or else left the hobby.

As yet Ofcom has not undertaken the process of revoking the licences and so they remain in the valid licence statistics.

See the statistics at

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Reduced Bandwidth TV

Friday 8th May 2015

The British Amateur Television Club (BATC) has just published a free issue of CQ-TV dedicated to reduced bandwidth TV.

This exciting mode offers moving pictures with a bandwidth of less than 500kHz.


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EUDOTA 2015: Europe Day On The Air

Friday 8th May 2015

This year, 9 May is on Saturday, but the following special callsigns will be also active on Sunday 10: AO1EU, AO2EU, AO3EU, AO4EU, AO5EU, AO6EU, AO7EU, AO8EU and AO9EU, to commemorate the creation of the EU in 1950.

This activity is sponsored by our Spanish member association Federación Digital EA, and, as usual, special QSL and Award will be available.

Contact also valid for the Radio Clubs of the World Award, EANET.

Follow the event through the hashtag: #eudota.

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SQ70VD Scout Victory Day Station

Thursday 7th May 2015

The special event Polish Scout station SQ70VD will be on-the-air for the 70th anniversary of Victory Day on Friday, May 8

They will be operating from near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw.

Times of operation:

8.00 - 9.30 UTC - 40 M LSB,
9.30 - 11.00 UTC - 40 M CW,
11.00 - 13.00 UTC - 20 M USB.
Operators SSB - Boy Scouts Paul and Bart, Girl Scouts Gabi, Susan, Monique, Dominique, Hanna (10 - 16 years)
Operators CW - Adults

Last call de SQ70VD on Sunday, May 10. Others Polish stations will be active for Victory Day until the end of May. Stations 3Z0VD, SN1945VD, SO70VD - are also scouts stations. Others stations are from National Defence League and Polish Radio Amateur Union (PZK - Warsaw Division).

On Monday, May 11 we start with special call 3Z70RWP - Rottmeister Witold PILECKI our National Hero and patron of our school.

Mark, SP5UAR

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TX Factor Episode 8

Wednesday 6th May 2015

At last!

You've been very patient, the time is approaching, the wait is nearly over - in just a few days' time the nation will decide! No, not the result of the General Election, but the launch of episode 8 of TX Factor!

On Wednesday 6th May, we will release the antidote to the General Election with the long-awaited TX Factor show featuring, the man at the helm of the UK's PW Magazine, the guys who run Icom UK, and two amateurs who help to keep BBC radio on the air.

Why spend Thursday 7th watching the nation vote when you can indulge in episode 8 of the UK's only TV show dedicated to amateur radio?

Oh, there's also a chance to win a FUNCube Dongle Pro+ courtesy of its inventor Howard Long in our next free-to-enter draw.

Suddenly, the prospect of a hung parliament is not such a bad result after all. There's always amateur radio and TX Factor to take your mind off the gloom!

See you on Wednesday - and may the best Party(ies) win!

Bob McCreadie G0FGX, Nick Bennett 2E0FGQ and Mike Marsh G1IAR

TX Factor:

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X2-class solar flare causes radio blackout

Wednesday 6th May 2015

Emerging sunspot AR2339 unleashed an intense X2-class solar flare on May 5th at approximately 22:11 UT.

Radiation from the flare caused strong radio blackouts on the Pacific side of Earth, interfering with communications at frequencies below ~20 MHz.

The blast also hurled a CME into space, but not toward Earth.

This event could herald a sustained period of high solar activity, as AR2339 appears to be large and explosive.

Check http://spaceweather.com for more information and updates.

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Icom America to provide webcast of Youth Forum event at Dayton Hamvention

Wednesday 6th May 2015

Icom America is broadcasting the 2015 Youth Forum at Dayton Hamvention® online at www.icomamerica.com/dayton2015.

The annual event is moderated by Carole Perry WB2MGP of Radio Club of America (RCA) and comprises amateur radio presentations from eight talented hams whose ages range 10-18 years. Special guests, including American Astronaut Michael Fincke KE5AIT, will also be in attendance at the Youth Forum.

The 2015 Youth Forum takes place during the Dayton Hamvention at Ohio's Hara Arena (Room 2). Icom is a repeat sponsor of the event and will provide a free live webcast of the Youth Forum on Saturday, May 16, from 9:15AM – 12:15PM, on its website. The company will also provide each youth presenter with a limited edition ID-51A D-STAR portable and customized merchandise. Icom has donated IC-7100 radio has for this year's Youth Forum raffle prize.

Youth Forum events celebrate ingenuity, achievements and creative activities of ham operators in elementary grades through college undergraduate years. This year's event, organized and moderated by Carole Perry, features the following youth presenters and topics:

  • Tyler Hammond KD8UAY (age 13): "Contesting for Elementary Students"

  • Abbigail Wilson KF5BEW (age 18) and Kendra Wilson KF5FYS (age 16): "Youth and the Future of Ham Radio"

  • Sam Case KG7HBY (age 11): "The Friday Night QSO Party"

  • Jesse Shulins KB1YNK (age 17): "Pneumatic Mast Systems for the Radio Amateur"

  • Faith Hannah Lea WA4BBC (age 10) and Zechariah Lea WX4TVJ (age 12): "Experiences in Antenna Selection, Construction, and use for VHF Applications"

  • Cameron Thurston N8CAM (age 16): "Contesting with N3FJP Software"

The 2015 Youth Forum also welcomes popular amateur radio operators Bob Heil K9EID and Gordon West WB6NOA as guest presenters. Additionally, astronaut Mike Fincke, whose accomplishments include having spent just under 382 days in space – the most of any American, is stopping by the event. Door prizes will be distributed for adults and youth who are in attendance.

Following the event, the 2015 youth presenters and 8 more young hams from the Youth Forum audience will join Fincke for lunch as he discusses his career, space travel and research on the International Space Station. The luncheon is hosted by the American Relay Radio League (ARRL)

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A licence for 144 and Above ?

Wednesday 6th May 2015

Should the UK have an amateur radio licence permitting low-power experimental use of VHF, UHF and Microwave bands ?

Over the past 15 years we have seen a dramatic decline in activity on the 144 MHz (2m) and 430 MHz (70cm) bands. Even amateurs living near major cities have commented it can be difficult to get a contact on 2m FM.

This decline has taken place at a time when prices for VHF/UHF rigs have fallen to their lowest ever. Brand new 5 watt Dual-band FM handhelds now cost under £35 compared to the £200 or so that might have been paid in the 1990's yet this has failed to stop the slump in activity.

In other countries there is a VHF/UHF entry level licence requiring in some cases no more than a short 15 minute Rules and Regulations exam. Such a licence helps to increase activity at these frequencies.

The current UK licence system requires people to prove they are good at passing exams yet how many really remember everything they memorised for the exams ? For many it has faded within a few months. Should amateur radio be more about self-training - learning by doing ? Perhaps the ability to problem-solve is a more important skill than the ability to memorise facts for an exam ?

Currently if someone wishes to experiment with a very low power transmitter running say 50 milliwatts on the 24 GHz band they have to obtain an Intermediate licence. Only a small minority of clubs currently run Intermediate courses so in practice it can easily take 18 months for someone to find and complete both Foundation and Intermediate courses. They may also have to drive a round-trip of 70 miles or more each week to get to the nearest Intermediate course assuming they have a car. During this they may learn very little that is of direct use to them for their planned experiments on 24 GHz but they will certainly have accumulated plenty of paperwork and ticked the right boxes.

Given the long time scale involved it is perhaps little surprise that those wishing to experiment at UHF and Microwaves chose to use Licence Exempt spectrum instead. In the license exempt 433/434, 868 and 2400 MHz bands you will find young people experimenting with all forms of radio communications be it transmitting images from High Altitude Balloons, running repeaters, creating Mesh Networks and developing SDR transceivers. These are exactly the people that amateur radio should be attracting but our hobby may seem irrelevant to experimenters who want to got out and actually do things rather than spending months or years passing exams.

If someone wishes to experiment with a few milliwatts on 24 GHz, 76 GHz or 134 GHz why do we put any barriers in their way ? All they really need is an understanding of Rules and Regulations, Operating Procedure and the concept of Shared Frequency Allocations.

The rest they will learn for themselves as they develop their equipment.

A new entry level licence could permit the use of home constructed transmitters running up to 100 milliwatts and commercially available Radio Equipment which satisfies IR 2028 running up to 5 watts on frequencies of 144 MHz and Above. Without it we may see activity on those bands continue to wither and die.

Trevor M5AKA

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How to build a 10 meter dipole

Wednesday 6th May 2015

In this video Randy Hall K7AGE explains how to make a dipole antenna for the 28 MHz band

The Technician class has access to a part of the 10 meter amateur radio band. They can operate CW, digital and phone. Antennas for 10 meters are small and easy to build. A dipole antenna is one of the easiest antennas to build.

Watch How To Build A 10 Meter Dipole

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Radio and the Smartphone revolution

Wednesday 6th May 2015

The Times newspaper quotes the Controller of BBC Radio 1 as saying “The era of studios, transmitters and radio sets is about to go [into the past] for young audiences"

Ben Cooper is also quoted as saying "No young person now tunes across a [radio] dial and bumps into Radio 1"

Ofcom had previously reported that radio listening is declining among the young as they switch to listening online. This profound change will inevitably have an impact on amateur radio.

Amateur training courses currently assume that newcomers understand the basic idea of tuning a radio dial to receive different stations. It is clear that for the younger generation, this is now an alien concept, they will never have done such a thing in their entire life.

Read The Drum version of The Times story at

Ofcom: Radio listening declining among young

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Former WWI listening post that played a crucial role in Battle of Jutland goes on the market for £575,000

Wednesday 6th May 2015

A former First World War listening post which played a major role in the Battle of Jutland has gone on the market for £575,000 after it was converted into a five-bedroomed house.

The then state-of-the-art outpost in Hunstanton, Norfolk, was set up in 1916 by amateur radio pioneer John Bayntun Hippisley after he began intercepting messages between enemy German battleships in the North Sea.

It has since been extended - boasting five bedrooms, a huge open-plan kitchen, two lounges, a sun room and extensive gardens - and has been put up for sale for the first time in 20 years.

At the outbreak of war Bayntun and his fellow wireless enthusiast Edward Russell Clarke approached Admiralty code breakers and told them they were picking up enemy messages on a lower frequency not received by existing Marconi radio stations.

They were able to convince officials to create a network of radio listening stations along the British coastline and were immediately dispatched to set up the first outpost in Hunstanton.

Read the full Daily Mail story:

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Disaster Communication Group calls for release of radio gear

Tuesday 5th May 2015

The Computer Association of Nepal-USA (CAN-USA) has called on the Amateur Radio community to urge the government of Nepal to release radio equipment being held up in customs, so that it can be used to support the earthquake relief and recovery effort

The ARRL report:

CAN-USA held a news conference May 1 in Santa Clara, California, to publicize its role in providing disaster communication in Nepal as well as to promote its fund-raising efforts. CAN-USA calls its project to advance Amateur Radio in Nepal “Radio Mala,” describing it as “disaster communication infrastructure to connect Kathmandu and the surrounding region in a ring of protective Amateur Radio communication.” CAN-USA — also known as the Global Nepali Professional Network (GNPN) — funded and installed the only Amateur Radio repeater currently in service in Nepal and donated a transmitter that was recently used to transmit slow-scan TV images of the affected area to a Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) operator in Afghanistan.

“Radio Mala team members have been working on their disaster-communication project for Nepal for several years, knowing a massive earthquake in Nepal was imminent,” the organization said on its Facebook page. “Their single repeater, which was erected in 2013, withstood the devastating 7.8 earthquake that hit on April, 25, 2015, and is the only repeater that has been in constant use since the earthquake occurred. This team is now even more invigorated to complete their project to help provide crucial communication well into the future.”

“Advanced radio equipment intended for the Radio Mala project has been locked up in Nepali customs since March — equipment for a next-generation Amateur Radio which could have saved lives had it been deployed before the earthquake struck,” the organization said.

Read the full ARRL story at

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Is ham radio still a gateway to electrical engineering ?

Tuesday 5th May 2015

Dan Romanchik KB6NU was licensed in 1971, he says when he was a kid he learnt electronics by getting an amateur radio license. It was his gateway into electrical engineering

He notes that in the USA amateur radio is enjoying something of a renaissance among nerdy young people. The CubeSat program at CalPoly has produced a large number of new radio amateurs thanks to the incorporation of the US Entry Level (Tech) license as part of the Introduction to Electrical Engineering class.

Dan thinks that Hackers and Makers are also bringing a lot of vitality into amateur radio. Amateur radio groups are participating in Maker Faires, and there is a lot of interest in amateur radio among Hacker groups.

Read Dan's thought provoking blog post at

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Taking a close look at shortwave broadcasting in the 2015 'A' season

Tuesday 5th May 2015

Sean Gilbert, International Editor at the World Radio TV Handbook, has taken another close look at international broadcasting statistics; this time, for the A15 season:


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Ham Video transmitter now transmitting

Monday 4th May 2015

On Friday May 1st, 2015 the Ham Video transmitter on board the Columbus module of the International Space Station was powered on and started transmitting in 'Blank Transmission' (BT) mode.

In this mode, the transmitter is operated without camera. The digital TV signal is fully formatted, but the content of the video is black and the content of the audio is at zero level. From a technical perspective, the BT signal is all that is needed for testing and fine tuning ground stations.

The European network of chained ground stations is presently nearly complete. Six ground stations span the continent in “X” formation.
For each ascending pass over Europe, four stations provide about ten minutes of solid copy and the same is true for descending passes:

- Ascending passes: Lisbon (Portugal ==> Poitiers (France) ==> Casale Monferrato (North Italy ==> Kolo (Poland)

- Descending passes : Cork (Ireland) ==> Poitiers (France) ==> Casale Monferrato (North Italy ==> Matera (South Italy.

The chained ground stations are streaming the digital video to the BATC server (British Amateur Television Club). BATC set up a multiviewer page, accessible at: http://www.batc.tv/iss/

The page shows all six streams from the chained ground stations. Each view can be maximized to full screen and the audio of each stream can be set to level or muted.

Presently, active stations stream technical data provided by the software developed by Jean Pierre Courjaud F6DZP. Several data are most interesting to observe:

- the “constellations”, which visualize the QPSK (quaternary PSK) modulated signal

- the digital Signal/Noise ratio = MER (dB) (Modulation Error Ratio)

- the control LEDs that change from red to green on decoding the digital signal.

The Ham Video transmitter frequency is 2395MHz and the symbol rate is 2.0Ms/sec.

More information is available at:

The Ham Video transmitter will stay on as long as on board operations permit. When the ground stations will be operating reliably, the Ham Video transmitter will be used to enhance ARISS school contacts. Uplink will remain VHF audio only. This operational mode is dubbed ARISS Ham TV.


Gaston Bertels – ON4WF
ARISS-Europe chairman

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March RSGB Board Proceedings

Monday 4th May 2015

The RSGB Board proceedings for March 20, 2015 are now available on the Society's website

The meeting agreed that the major theme for judging the 2015 RSGB Club of the Year competition would be promotion of the hobby and the Society.

Club affiliation criteria was one of the subjects discussed and it was decided the need for the text “Amateur Radio” in the club title should be relaxed. It is understood that in the late 1970's when Citizens Band radio was becoming popular the RSGB encouraged Affiliated Clubs to have "Amateur Radio" in the title to distinguish them from CB clubs.

Read the RSGB Board proceedings at

You can join the RSGB online at

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

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Sri Lankan 6m beacon back on air

Monday 4th May 2015

4S7B/B 50.009 MHz 25W

MJ96XV to a ground plane antenna running from club shack

Joint project of RSSL Radio Socity of Sri Lanka and 6 Meter Beacon Project, Inc.

Special thanks goes to David N3DB

Your signal reports are most welcome


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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 4th May 2015

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 26th April, through Sunday, 3rd May there were 233 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FO/c, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ5, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,

V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, 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).


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NZ to phase-out 25 kHz Land Mobile Radio (LMR) channels

Monday 4th May 2015

On 1 November 2015, all 25 kHz LMR licences operating in frequencies below 470 MHz (E, C and D bands) will be revoked (except for licences used for SCADA and Data services in C and D band).

These channels are being phased out to promote more efficient use of LMR bands, reduce congestion, and align New Zealand with international practice.

Affected licensees were informed of the phase-out deadline by letter, sent in November 2010.

Further information, can be found on the RSM site at FAQs > Licenses.

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 4th May 2015

Island activities:

EU-009. Operators Elaine/2E1BVS, John/G3WFK, Glenn/G6HFF and Val/G6MML will be active as GB3WOI from the Isle of Westray (WAB HY54) in the Orkney Islands group between now and May 16th. Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters, possibly other HF and VHF bands, using mainly SSB and PSK31, but possibly other modes. QSL via

EU-012. Operators Nigel/G3TXF and Ian/G3WVG will be active as MZ5A
from the Island of "Papa Stour" in the Shetland Island Group during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). QSL via G3TXF or LoTW.

EU-105. Operators Diego/F4HAU, Gil/F4FET, Jerome/F4HJO and SWL Louis will be active as TM2BIG from Stagadon Island (DIFM: MA-094) between May 14-16th. One station will remain on until May 18th. Activity is planned for 3 stations on 40-6 meters using SSB and RTTY. QSL via F4FET.

EU-124. Members of the Strumble Head DX and Contest Group (SHDXCG) will once again be activating Ramsey Island between June 19-22nd. Activity will be on 20-6 meters with 3 stations on the air full time as they are only there for 3 nights.
They will be using 3 of the new "Hexpedition" hexbeams built by Ant, one will be directed to the West to allow them to work as many stations in the USA as possible as they seem to be lacking contacts from there each year. There may be some digi mode operating, and again, they will be looking on 6m to work as many as possible on there too. As usual, QSL via the manager Tim, M0URX, (see www.m0urx.com) using his OQRS system for a speedy turn around. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW and Clublog as soon as they get back to the mainland.
All details and (hopefully) a daily blog will be available on their Web site at:

EU-135. Anders, SM5EFX will once again be active as SF2X/p from Ledskar Island between July 1-31st. Located on Ledskar Island is the Kronoeren Nature Reserve (WWFF SMFF-0053), a Marine Protected Area in Sweden. Activity will include some sporadic operations during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via SM5EFX, direct or by the Bureau.

NA-055. Mike, W2IY, will be active from Mount Desert Island (USI ME-021S, WLOTA 1129, Hancock County) between July 10th and August 5th.
Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands, but Mike will also participate in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

NA-128. Jean-Pierre, VA2SG, will once again be active from Ile-aux-Coudres (CISA QC-009) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). Activity will be on 40/20 meters (CW only) QRP. QSL via VA2SG. For more updates, watch: http://va2sg.wordpress.com

OC-166. If you worked YF1AR/7 this past weekend, that was Budi, YF1AR, on Laut Island (ARLHS IDO-105). Activity was to take place between May 1-3rd. QSL via N2OO or by ClubLog's OQRS.
For more details, see:

RSGB IOTA website

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

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SARC Communicator

Monday 4th May 2015

The May issue of the SARC Communicator is now available at: http://tinyurl.com/SARC-1505

There is a great article about building a compact station.

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Tesla unveils batteries to power homes .. and more !

Sunday 3rd May 2015

US electric carmaker Tesla Motors has unveiled batteries that can power homes and businesses as it attempts to expand beyond its vehicle business.

The article on the BBC website is well worth a read  about Tesla's plans to use batteries to power homes bringing a whole new philosophy to planning for the future in respect of generating power for the National Grid and it's subsequent uses.

Read the BBC's article by Richard Taylor who explains how the Tesla home battery would work


Watch the

Tesla 'Powerwall' launch event in Los Angeles on April 30th, 2015


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RadCom Plus launched

Sunday 3rd May 2015

The RSGB has launched a new 48 page magazine RadCom Plus which will be available free to members 3 or 4 times a year

In producing the new magazine the Society is responding to the desire of many members to see more technical articles. The stated aim is make RadCom Plus the best and most technically advanced amateur radio magazine in the world.

The RSGB Chairman Graham Murchie G4FSG encourages readers to submit articles for publication in future issues.

The Managing Editor of RadCom Plus is Elaine Richards G4LFM email: elaine.richards<at>rsgb.org.uk and the Technical Editor is Giles Read G1MFG email: giles.read<at>rsgb.org.uk

The RSGB has announced plans to produce a third magazine RadCom Basics which will target newcomers and will also be free to members.

You can read and print edition 1 of RadCom Plus as well as sign up for email notification of publication at

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Nepal report #7

Sunday 3rd May 2015

As the massive earthquake disaster in Nepal enters its second week with the lives lost reaching 6,200, many injured and made homeless, recovery work continues after the worst calamity in that country for more than 80 years.

Jayu S. Bhide VU2JAU, the National Coordinator for Disaster Communication in India, reports that about 4,000 people have died as a result of the 7.8 scale earthquake. The eventual toll is expected to grow as rescue teams reach more remote areas.

He said people are still looking to re-charge their mobiles and 130 chargers have now been distributed and part of the emcom work has been the issuing of photographs trying to locate missing persons.

Jayu VU2JAU said: “An APRS station in New Delhi set up by Sandip Baruha VU2MUE has connected one Italian APRS station in Nepal and exchanged messages. More information is expected on the system.”

He said: “There are two new callsigns issued, Jose 9N3AA and Ravinder 9N3RT. There are another four 9N1 stations in operation from different places. At least nine VU India ham operators are continuously watching the operation”

Meantime Fin Ban BA1RB said that two Chinese radio amateurs have arrived in Nepal and they met with Satish Krishna Kharel 9N1AA, Senior Advocate NAROS the Nepal Amateur Radio Society.

“The experienced operators BA4TB and BD4TR have with them VHF/UHF stations as well as an HF station,” he said.

In all disasters there is a shift from search and rescue activities to one of recovery. In Nepal this transition is beginning.

The situation remains difficult in that country, but as international resources have been deployed, such as extra equipment from the International Telecommunications Union ITU, the electric power situation is improving and with it normal means of communication.

News is that the 20m emergency communication net run by NAROS has closed.

From India, China and Turkey and elsewhere, radio amateurs remain, until no longer required by the Nepal Police and other agencies.

The Military Auxiliary Radio System MARS which is known to use ham radio on frequencies just outside the Amateur Radio bands, has been linking Nepal with the USA.

Dr Sanjeeb Panday 9N1SP has also been operating throughout the emergency following the protocols set in previous exercises with the MARS organisation, including the use of SSTV to pass pictures back to the US to assist the disaster response.

This disaster has generated a large amount of positive publicity for Amateur Radio externally and hopefully interested more radio amateurs in preparedness and participation in Emergency Communications Programs.

One example is coverage of the disaster on Canada’s CBC Radio's Spark program with an interview of Greg Mossop G0DUB, IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Coordinator (also a member of Chester DRS).

Greg G0DUB said ham radio is considered to be vital in a disaster situation where communication with the outside world is difficult.

His lengthy interview gives a succinct overview of how radio amateurs train for, and are effective in disasters.

The full interview can he heard at: http://www.cbc.ca/1.3057421

Satish 9N1AA also appeared via Skype on the Weather Channel, in the USA.

Jim Linton VK3PC
Chairman IARU Region 1 Disaster Communications Committee.

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Sunday 3rd May 2015

Hi all,

The well-known from last year, Greek radioamateur team, will try to send to the Stratosphere for the second time an amateur radio load, with call sign and flight name J43VHF 'Aeolus-2way'.

The launch of the payload will done with the help of a High Altitude Balloon and the activity will take place at Megalopolis - KM17BJ (Arkadia – Pelloponisos, Greece – SV3 area). Sunday, May 10, 2015.

This year to justify the name 'Aeolus-2way' there will be a transponder on board to allow a QSO between the individual radioamateur with the Aeolus-2way ground Team. Calling Freq, is 144.220 VHF and the mode is USB.

The Aeolus-2way team consist by SV1QT Sotiris, SV1BJY Yannis, SV1DAY Manos, SV3IEG Dinos, SV1NJX Christos, SV1OAA Costas, SV3PJL Giorgis and SV1QFB / 3 Costas.

Like the first time, the success of the operation is based on the voluntary work of many colleagues, so we need your help and participation.

Stay tuned! @ http://qrz.com/db/J43VHF


Takis - SV3AUW/M0LPT

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UKHAS Conference 2015 - Saturday August 22

Sunday 3rd May 2015

The UKHAS Conference in London attracts those interested in learning about building and flying High Altitude Balloons or in tracking their 434 MHz signals. An Amateur Radio exam session is planned

I’m happy to announce that the UKHAS Conference 2015 has been confirmed and will be held at University College London on Saturday 22nd August. We hope the change of venue will enable more of you to join us this year with improved transport links and a far larger selection of overnight accommodation, including a range of cheaper options.

The conference is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the hobby, to share experiences and meet new faces. As with the last couple of years, we will run a morning of structured talks followed by slots for workshops, discussions and show & tell etc after lunch. A full timetable will be available closer to the time.

If you would like to do a talk or run a workshop, or have any suggestions for what you might like to see, please get in touch with either myself, Anthony Stirk M0UPU or Steve Randall G8KHW. It’s your contributions that make the conference run so well, whether it be directly linked to ballooning or just a topic of general interest to the group.

As in previous years, we are also hoping to offer RSGB amateur radio exams on the day. If you are at all interested, please get in touch with Phil Crump M0DNY (email: phildcrump at gmail.com or craag on IRC).

For further information and to purchase tickets, please visit

Tickets cost £30 with a concession for students, your honesty is appreciated when purchasing.

We look forward to seeing many of you in August.


Daniel, Anthony & Steve

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International Marconi Day on ICQ Podcast

Sunday 3rd May 2015

Series 8 Episode 9 of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast - International Marconi Day at Sandford Mill, Essex has been released

In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB and Matthew Nassau 2E0MTT to discuss the latest Amateur Radio news.

Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episodes feature is International Marconi Day (IMD).

Martin M1MRB visited the IMD at Sandford Mill on April 25 where the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) ran two demonstration stations and a separate Morse display.

News stories in the podcast include:
- New Entry Level Licence for Germany?
- Ofcom Considers 10.475 and 47 GHz Bands for 5G
- Digital Activity Days RDRC
- Ham Radio Operator Flies Model Tricopter
- FUNcube-1 Transmitting Again
- Australian Balloon Circumnavigates the Globe
- New Award Scheme for Portable Operators
- Surprise Decrease in Australian Ham Licence Renewal Fees

Download the MP3, the IMD segment starts 44:15 into the recording

ICQ Podcast http://www.icqpodcast.com/

To find out about amateur radio and the CARS training courses speak to Clive G1EUC on
Tel: 01245-224577
Mob: 07860-418835
E-mail: training2015 at g0mwt.org.uk
Web: http://www.g0mwt.org.uk/training/

What is Amateur Radio ?

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Nepal Earthquake - Update May 1

Saturday 2nd May 2015

In all disasters there is a sad shift from search and rescue activities to one of recovery. In Nepal this transition is beginning with no further Search and Rescue or Medical teams being required to enter the country and those who are in already reaching the end of their normal planned 10 day period in the area

The situation in Nepal remains difficult but as international resources have been deployed, such as extra equipment from the ITU and the power situation in the country improving then the telecommunications needs change.

An example of this is the closure of the nets on 20m which had been focused on Kathmandu Radio Amateur Satish Kharel 9N1AA today. The situation having improved enough for him to have been interviewed in TV in the USA via a Skype Link.

Other radio amateurs from India, China and Turkey amongst other countries remain in Nepal until their deployments end and the public communications systems are improving with efforts by the Nepal Police and other agencies to deploy solar chargers so the public can start using their mobile phones again.

The Nepalese authorities are reported to be offering licenses to visiting Radio Amateurs but they are taking a little time to process and the operators are given a specific Nepal callsign and are not allowed to use their home callsigns.

Dr Sanjeeb Panday 9N1SP has also been operating throughout the emergency following the protocols set in previous exercises with the MARS organisation in the Unites States and these operations have included the use of SSTV to pass pictures back to the US to assist the disaster response. Dr Panday's operations continue to the best of our knowledge.

Any further missing person enquiries should be submitted via the Red Cross at;

This disaster has generated a large amount of positive publicity for amateur radio externally and hopefully interested more Radio Amateurs in preparedness and participation in Emergency Communications Programmes. The IARU Emergency Centre of Activity Frequencies have also been extensively used which is another positive feature.

More information may be found in the IARU Emergency Telecommunications Guide at

or via your IARU Regional Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator

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

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CQ-DATV 23 free download

Saturday 2nd May 2015

CQ-DATV 23 is now available for download from

In this issue

I2C Device Bus Scanner to Video Output Project
ATV in Spain
ATV video switching matrix
What is happening with Amateur Satellites
DATV-Express Project - March update report
Didn't we do well
Rally report
Skills test - puzzle
CQ-DATV Rescue
ATV greetings by DH7AEQ from Paraguay
Moving on with film making part 5

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Nepal Earthquake: Frequency now 14300 kHz

Friday 1st May 2015

As an Italian contest is scheduled for this weekend, the Nepal disaster frequency has moved to 14300 kHz until further notice

All emergency traffic will be passed on 14300 kHz which will be a controlled net as was 14205 kHz and 14215 kHz. Previous issues in Nepal with 14300 kHz have now been resolved.

Relay stations will still be required to keep QRM to a minimum.

Our secondary frequency will remain open between the hours of 0800z and 2300z for non emergency traffic relating to the disaster and will be a controlled net when ever possible.

Thank you all for your assistance and continued cooperation

Amir Bazak 4X6TT

Listen to 14300 kHz USB using an online Short Wave radio

9N1EMERGENCY Facebook Group

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TV interview of Radio Ham in Nepal

Friday 1st May 2015

The ARRL report the Facebook repost of an interview with radio amateur Satish Kharel 9N1AA in Nepal has drawn a huge response

The Weather Channel’s “AMHQ” program featured an interview with Kathmandu Amateur Radio operator Satish Kharel, 9N1AA. ARRL has reposted the interview on its Facebook page, with the permission of The Weather Channel. In the interview segment, Kharel talked about ham radio’s role in the earthquake recovery effort now under way in Nepal.

More than 5000 people have been confirmed dead as a result of the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks, and many others remain missing.

ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, said the video has reached some 102,000 Facebook users and been shared more than 700 times in less than 6 hours. “We’ve never had such a positive response to a social media post” Kutzko said. “Sharing this video on your Facebook page is a golden opportunity to help spread awareness of Amateur Radio to the general public.”

Watch and share the interview at

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Official ML&S New Store Launch Party

Friday 1st May 2015

After 25 glorious years of business, Martin and his team recently moved to a brand new store in Staines-Upon-Thames near Heathrow.

The new building is not only Martin’s largest property to date, it’s also quite possibly the largest dedicated ham store in Europe, incorporating two floors of amateur radio fun!

Downstairs is the main shop/showroom, with plenty of space, many demo stations and a kettle that’s always on!

Upstairs is our all new state-of-the-art spacious service area, offices for the accounts department and the main man himself, as well as extra storage room and a meeting/conference room facility.

The official open day and launch party for the new store has now been confirmed as Saturday June 6th 2015. On this date, ML&S will be having extra special in-store deals as well as free refreshments, hot dogs and burgers to create a real street party feel!

Martin will also be hosting extra special guided tours of the new place and there will be some extra special guests making an appearance throughout the day.

This is not to be confused with the annual ML&S Hog Roast, which will still take place towards the end of the year, but this Launch Party will be just as fun.

The store will be open from 8am until 4pm on June the 6th and everyone is welcome!

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70 MHz access for German Radio Hams

Friday 1st May 2015

The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) report radio amateurs in Germany will have access to the 70 MHz band during the Sporadic-E season

Holders of the class A license are able to use a limited portion of the band. In the Official Journal of Communication no. 412/2015 of April 29, 2015 the following provisions were published:

Frequency range: 70.150 MHz to 70.180 MHz
Transmission power: 25 watts ERP
Maximum bandwidth: 12 kHz
All classes of emission
Antennas: horizontal polarization
Period: from now until August 31, 2015

The Amateur Radio is a secondary user and has to ensure the protection of the primary radio services.

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) in Google English

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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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