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'My Morse Guide' - an AVR Electronics Kit Project

Monday 31st March 2014

My Morse Guide is an electronics kit aimed at young people.

The kit delivers both some fun in soldering the kit together as well as having a kit for playing with Morse code

My Morse code is a project by Ivo PA1IVO, Leo PA0LEZ and Marianne, and is a successor to the successful Share Your Morse project for the Jamboree On The Air 2013 at Scouting Elfregi Zaanstreek.

The My Morse Guide electronics kit delivers the following functionality after it is successfully soldered together.

• the (pre-programmed) name of the owner is sent in Morse code, or the radio call sign in case of a radio amateur
• all the characters, numbers and NATO alphabet words are sent in Morse code one at a time
• the (pre-programmed) secret words are sent in Morse code, one at a time
• With the '(Speaker/LED)' key the speaker and LED can be switched on and off for sending Morse code
• the pitch of the Morse tone can be set
• the speed ('WPM') of the Morse code can be set

It is possible to send Morse code yourself with the kit, or an external Morse key can be connected.

Circuit diagram and further information is at
http://ivok.home.xs4all.nl/electronics/MyMorseGuideElectronics.html

Share your Morse
http://ivok.home.xs4all.nl/electronics/MorseSounder.html

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VIARC welcomes new prefixes

Monday 31st March 2014

The Vienna International Amateur Radio Club (VIARC) proudly announces that the VIARC will operate stations under the newly released callsigns of C7A and 4Y1A as a host institute.

The callsign block C7A-C7Z is allocated to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and 4YA-4YZ is allocated to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). VIARC is operating a UN amateur radio station with the callsign 4U1VIC at Vienna International Centre which hosts numerous UN organizations and other international organizations.

VIARC welcomes the new prefixes, C7 and 4Y, which are allocated to the UN organizations. Activations of these new callsigns will attract attention from all over the world, which will assist promotion of these organizations, as well as a whole UN system.

The new callsigns, C7A and 4Y1A, will be activated in special occasions related to the organizations as commemorative operations, such as World Meteorological Day or International Civil Aviation Day.

ADDED NOTE: Just a reminder that these new callsigns (C7A and 4Y1A) will only count for Austria for DXCC purposes. However, the QSLs cards are very nice and can be viewed on QRZ.com or the following URLs:
http://files.qrz.com/a/4y1a/4Y1A_png.jpg
http://files.qrz.com/a/c7a/C7A_png.jpg

Source: OPDX

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OZ7IGY - 23 cm beacon now on Next Generation Beacons platform

Monday 31st March 2014

Today the 23 cm OZ7IGY beacon has been migrated to the Next Generation Beacons platform http://www.rudius.net/oz2m/ngnb

The 23 cm 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. 1296,930 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 1.296.929.200. Later in spring a new slotted wave guide antenna will be installed resulting in an even better ERP.

The special thing about the 23 cm beacon is that the signal is neither multiplied nor mixed to reach 23 cm. Instead the signal is generated using the Super Nyquist principle per Analog Devices AN-939 paper.

The new beacon uses a Mitsubishi power module, RA18H1213G, but we are not satisfied with the efficiency. So if you have a rugged and power efficient design for 15-25 W for 12 V please get in contact with us.

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

73

Bo, OZ2M

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Southern Ireland Repeater Network

Monday 31st March 2014

A new 70cm repeater has been added to the Southern Ireland Repeater Network in the North Cork area.

The project has been completed by East Cork Amateur Radio Group.

It is located near Bweeng at about 410m ASL. The repeater callsign is EI7BWR and it operates on 430.875 with a shift of +7.6 MHz (Channel RU-70) and an access tone of 103.5 Hz.

The repeater was installed on Saturday March 22nd by Neil EI3JE, John EI8JA and special thanks to Gareth EI7FZB, who braved the elements on an extremely cold day to install the antennas and cables. This brings the number of repeaters on the network to six.

Reception reports to Neil EI3JE via e-mail to neilpowell1/at/eircom/dot/net.
or sirnrepeaters/at/ gmail/dot/com.

Source: IRTS

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DXCC News

Monday 31st March 2014

Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:

3C0BYP - Annobon; Operation from February 26 through March 6, 2014
TN2MS – Republic Of The Congo*

*Special notation: Due to the information we had at the time some operations may have been rejected as being a shipboard operation.
This issue has been resolved and all operations from October 12 through October 24, 2013 are now valid for DXCC credit.

If you have a card for this operation between the dates of October 12 through October 24, 2013 that was rejected, send an e-mail to DXCC at
bmoore<at>arrl.org to have your record updated.

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434.300 MHz balloon to launch from Danbury

Saturday  29th March 2014

On Saturday, March 29, at around 10am, Chris Stubbs M6EDF (right) will be launching a balloon CHEAPO carrying a payload transmitting 50 bps 7n2 RTTY on 434.300 MHz USB

Chris gave a well-received presentation on high altitude balloons at a recent Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) Skills Workshop.

His latest launch will take place from Danbury Common at around 10am on Saturday, March 29.

The forecast looks like the balloon will take a scenic path along the east coast of England before being lost forever over Scotland, see
http://ready.arl.noaa.gov/hypubout/184444_trj001.gif

The balloon could have a radio range of 300-500 km depending on altitude.

A number of other 434 MHz balloon will also be launching Saturday. You can see online real time tracks and frequencies of all the balloons at
http://spacenear.us/tracker/

Listen to the balloons online with the SUWS 434 MHz WebSDR (select USB) http://amsat-uk.org/2013/12/28/websdr-for-434-and-1296-mhz/

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

Check the #highaltitude IRC channel for chat about launches
http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=highaltitude

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

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UK Wireless Telegraphy (Limitations of Number of Licences) Order 2014

Saturday  29th March 2014

The UK communications regulator Ofcom has published a statement on its decision to make the Wireless Telegraphy (Limitation of Number of Licences) Order 2014

Ofcom is required by the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 to make an Order imposing limitations on the use of particular frequencies, and to keep such an Order under review to secure the efficient use of spectrum.

The new Order consolidates the limitations that apply to the authorisation of spectrum use and brings them up to date with current wireless telegraphy licensing practice and policy.

Decision to make the Wireless Telegraphy (Limitations of Number of Licences) Order 2014
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/
limitation-order/statement/statement.pdf


It is thought that in the coming months Ofcom may start on the expensive process of revoking Amateur Radio Lifetime licences that have not been revalidated in the past five years. It is understood there is no automatic process for revoking licences and a paper letter will have to be issued for each licence on record.

Validating your licence is a straight-forward procedure. If you experience difficulties or need assistance in processing your licence online, please call Ofcom on 0300 123 1000 or 020-7981 3131.

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ISS HamTV in CQ-TV Magazine

Saturday  29th March 2014

The March 2014 edition of the British Amateur Television Club (BATC) magazine CQ-TV has several articles on HamTV, the new ISS Digital Amateur Television station

In the March 2013 issue of CQ-TV:

- First Video received from the ISS
- Receiving HamTV from the ISS – Two User stories
- Details of BATC CAT14
- Three New Repeaters on air
- Using the Raspberry Pi to Control an Ultram VCO
- Versatile Audio AGC Circuit
- Digital ATV – Using a Spectrum Analyzer
- 70cm Yagi
- Classic circuits – Remote control using DMTF

HamTV on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/Hamtvproject

British Amateur Television Club (BATC)
http://www.batc.org.uk/

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IOTA News from OPDX

Saturday  29th March 2014

Island activities:

AS-134. (Update) Operators Zhang/BA3AX and Lu/BD3AEO, postponed/delayed their B3/BA3AX and B3/BD3AEO trip to Yuetuo Island between March 21-24th, due to the marine perils at Japan on March 18th.

EU-042. Operators Siggi/DL3HBZ, Stefan/DJ7AO, Helge/DF6LPC, Ben/DB2LS, Stefan/DJ7AO, Uli/DJ9IE, Henrik/DF1LEO, Lothar/DL8HAL and Harry/DL5HAQ will be active as DK0RZ and DL0DFF from Hooge Island (DID/GIA N-22) and Hallig Hooge (WWFF DLFF-013) between May 1-4th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via the DARC Bureau (preferred).

NA-008. Pierre, VE3KTB, has been active as VE3KTB/VY0 from Ellesmere Island since March 25th. The length of his stay is unknown.
Activity has been mainly on 20 meters. QSL via his home callsign.

OC-106. Imam, YB4IR, will be active as YB4IR/5 from Natuna Island between April 10-14th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via LoTW or by ClubLog's OQRS.

OC-219. Just a reminder that operators Budi/YF1AR and Adhi/YB3MM should be active from Tukang Besi Islands (aka Wakatobi Islands, ARLHS
IDO-259 Wangiwangi LightHouse) as YF1AR/8 (between March 28th-April 2nd) and YB3MM/8 (March 26th-April 2nd), respectively.
Activity will be on 40-10 meters using mainly SSB, but also CW and Digital modes. QSL YF1AR/8 via N2OO. QSL via YB3MM/8 (see QRZ.com). For more info and updates, see:
http://www.yf1ar.com/2014/01/oc-219-tukang-besi-islands-aka-wakatobi_15.html
http://www.yb3mm.com/2014/01/wangiwangi.html

SA-029. Marcelo "Celo", PY1MT, will be active as PY1MT/p from Jurabaiba Island this weekend. He plans to be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest during Saturday evening and Sunday morning. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau

Compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW OPDX

RSGB IOTA website

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

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Saturday  29th March 2014

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 21st-March, through Friday, 28th-March there were 234 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FO/a, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,

V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, VU4, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, 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).

OPDX

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RAG 2014 - Demonstrations, Posters and Tickets

Friday 28th March 2014

The BAA Radio Astronomy Group will be holding its 2014 General Meeting on Saturday, May 17 at the National Space Centre, Leicester, LE4 5NS

Paul Hyde G4CSD writes:

1. Demos and posters
With seven weeks to go we need to sort out the amount of space to be allocated for seating versus displays. If you are coming along to this event (NSC, Leicester, Saturday, May 17) and have something that you would like to exhibit in the lunchtime and tea intervals please let me know immediately by direct mail.

This could be hardware or poster material, or combinations of both. The electrically noisy environment of the NSC will limit live demonstrations but people always like see to hardware, whilst results and photographs from other people's work can provoke ideas and encourage experimentation.

2. Filter alignment
If there is sufficient interest we have had a kind offer from Ian Lever to bring along equipment for measuring the performance of passive filters for hydrogen line receivers. The equipment is heavy and bulky so it is only worth doing this if there are several people who can make use of the opportunity. Conversely, Ian does not want to miss out on the main event so there will be a maximum of six slots, based on those making bookings before the day. Please note that this will be for checking performance only as there will not be time to do any alignment work. If you are interested, please contact me immediately so that we can decide whether to go ahead with this or not.

3. Ticket availability
Please note that two thirds of the tickets have already been sold and there is a piece in this month's Astronomy Now, plus one in the next Sky at Night magazine, so I'm still expecting that tickets will not be available at the door. If you want further information about the event and the talks, or details of how to buy tickets, go to the RAG website at
http://www.britastro.org/radio/

Supporting papers so far offered are: an ultra-low cost Hydrogen Line radio telescope (Peter East); the modelling of our local galactic topology (Gordon Dennis); the design of an Arduino-based magnetometer (Jonathan Rawlinson); making and analysing observations with Starbase (Laurence Newell); experiments with a small SDR radio telescope (David Morgan); and reports on developments at EAARO (Jason Williams M0YJW) and the Harold Clayton Observatory (Dave James).

Tickets for the event cost £12 for BAA members and £15 for non-members, including free parking at the NSC and free admission to the main attraction, excluding the Planetarium show. Tea and coffee will be provided during the breaks but lunch is not included. Delegates are welcome to bring their own lunch or the NSC shop (Boosters) sells a range of sandwiches and other refreshments. It would help the NSC if you could also note the number of people in your party that are likely to use Boosters when you book tickets.

BAA-RAG Yahoo Group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/baa-rag

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Friday 28th March 2014

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

I.C.P.O. Bulletin (28 March - 04 April 2014)
"Islands, Castles & Portable Operations"
Listing is by calendar date (day/month/year)

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

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

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

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High Altitude Balloons by Mike Sterling 2E0MXS

Thursday 27th March 2014

What a fascinating evening we all enjoyed with Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club at their Irby Cricket Club HQ last night.

We were introduced to the exciting world of 'High Altitude Ballooning' 2014 style by Mike Stirling 2E0MXS (Photo right) which is further enhanced with all the possibilities created by also being a licensed Radio Amateur.  Mike is clearly a very enthusiastic and competent 'hands-on' amateur, using his skills to great advantage.

Mike took us through some of the popular payloads :- still cameras, video, telemetry, sensors and tracking devices discussing the pros and cons of each, including those which required ingenuity because in the UK, airborne amateur radio is not currently allowed with our license.

Our thanks to Mike for an excellent evening.

I append below some of the websites that Mike recommended which contain more information and product sources should you fancy trying your hand and becoming involved in this growing hobby :-

Tracker
http://spacenear.us/

UKHAS Website
http://ukhas.org.uk

HAB Supplies (Electronics)
http://ava.upuaut.net/store

Random Engineering (Balloons/Chutes)
http://www.randomengineering.co.uk

BOC (Gas)
http://www.boconline.co.uk

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Happy Birthday Radio Caroline

Thursday 27th March 2014

50 years ago this Friday, test transmissions began for a radio station that would help to change the face of broadcasting across the UK

It would shape the laws of our land, and make superstars of the people on air.

That radio station was Caroline - an unlicensed, "pirate" broadcaster, transmitting from a ship anchored just outside British waters.

Several radio amateurs helped keep the Radio Caroline North and South transmitters on the air.

Read the ITV Meridian article at
http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2014-03-26/pirate-radio-milestone/

Radio Caroline
http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/

Radio Caroline Yahoo Group
https://groups.yahoo.com/groups/RadioCarolineMailinglist/

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Ham Radio volunteers in Washington landslide response

Thursday 27th March 2014

The ARRL report Amateur Radio volunteers are on hand at the county Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and supporting communication with American Red Cross shelters set up in the wake of the disastrous landslide on March 22 in Snohomish County, Washington.

Snohomish County Auxiliary Communications Service (Snohomish ACS — formerly RACES) Radio Officer Scott Honaker, N7SS, reported late Monday that his organization was active “but at a fairly low level.”

ARRL Western Washington Section Manager Monte Simpson, K2MLS, said Monday evening that crews were working to restore the fiber optic cable in the area of the mudslide. “When that's completed, communications will be back on line,” he said. “That will be a relief for the emergency responders in the area.”

Honaker said ACS volunteers have been coordinating their activities on the Granite Falls 146.92 MHz repeater and on cell phones. “Emergency Services Coordinating Agency (ESCA) RACES is active staffing the Red Cross shelters, and they are using our UHF ham repeater near Arlington (444.200 MHz),” he added. “We have been hearing good communications between the shelters.” The ARC has established two shelters for displaced residents — in Arlington and in Darrington.

“Snohomish ACS is staffing the EOC around the clock in Everett, and we have one member who lives in Darrington supporting the county command vehicle there,” Honaker added. “With the loss of phone lines to Darrington, there are no functional landlines or Internet access.” He said the Darrington police and fire departments were using their command vehicle as an EOC, because it has working telephones as well as Internet service and computer-aided dispatch capability.

“The Incident Management Team in Arlington is using the other command vehicle to provide communication support for the staff in the City Council chambers,” he said.

Honaker said he appreciates the many offers of support from hams within and outside the area — more help than is needed at present. “It is good to see the community rally during these types of events,” he said.  ARRL Western Washington Section Manager Monte Simpson, K2MLS, said Monday evening that crews were working to restore the fiber optic cable in the area of the mudslide. “When that's completed, communications will be back on line,” he said. “That will be a relief for the emergency responders in the area.”

Honaker said ACS volunteers have been coordinating their activities on the Granite Falls 146.92 MHz repeater and on cell phones. “Emergency Services Coordinating Agency (ESCA) RACES is active staffing the Red Cross shelters, and they are using our UHF ham repeater near Arlington (444.200 MHz),” he added. “We have been hearing good communications between the shelters.” The ARC has established two shelters for displaced residents — in Arlington and in Darrington.

“Snohomish ACS is staffing the EOC around the clock in Everett, and we have one member who lives in Darrington supporting the county command vehicle there,” Honaker added. “With the loss of phone lines to Darrington, there are no functional landlines or Internet access.” He said the Darrington police and fire departments were using their command vehicle as an EOC, because it has working telephones as well as Internet service and computer-aided dispatch capability.

“The Incident Management Team in Arlington is using the other command vehicle to provide communication support for the staff in the City Council chambers,” he said.

Honaker said he appreciates the many offers of support from hams within and outside the area — more help than is needed at present. “It is good to see the community rally during these types of events,” he said.

Read the full ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-volunteers-staffing
-shelters-eoc-in-washington-landslide-response

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Raspberry Pi in April CQ-DATV magazine

Thursday 27th March 2014

Digital Amateur Television (DATV) using the Raspberry Pi features in the CQ-DATV magazine issue 10 (April) now available as a free download

It is published using all the usual eBook formats ePub, Mobi AZW3 as well as PDF for those who want to read it on a PC.

In this edition:

DATV News
Editorial
GB3FY on the air
DATV Express Update
A simple Digital ATV transmitter for DVBS using a Raspberry Pi
Custom programming the COX 350 VTR Clock
A Digital World Part 4
Using the CD4040
DATVtalk07 Spectrum Analyzers
Caption contest
Using the CD4520
Information
Coming up in CQ-DATV

Trevor Brown G8CJS says CQ-DATV issue 11 is now in production and if you have anything to contribute please contact
editor at cq-datv.mobi

Download CQ-DATV from
http://www.cq-datv.mobi/ebooks.php

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The future of Morse Code

Thursday 27th March 2014

On Wednesday, April 23, the Royal Union of Belgian Radio Amateurs (UBA), in collaboration with ETWIE, are holding an meeting to think about the future of the Morse code

A Google English translation of the UBA post reads:

The roundtable starts at 7pm in the Lamot conference centre in Mechelen and is open to anyone in any way concerned with or interested in the use of Morse code.

Morse code was very important for the development of modern communication techniques. But even now, the Morse code used worldwide by a relatively large group of people who want to get in touch. For some time, a working group within the UBA has lead a project on the recognition of Morse code as intangible heritage, with the intention of not letting go, and to pass on to the younger generations. A concrete short-term objective is therefore the recognition of Morse code on the Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage City.

In the context of this heritage operation around the morse code UBA want the widest possible group of interested people involved. Do you have experience with the use of Morse code? You think it is important not to lose the morse code lost? Will you come to think about how we can pass on to future generations? If you are using Morse code then you are certainly welcome at the meeting on April 23 in Mechelen.

The program that evening are include:
- a presentation on the significance of the morse code by Frans Verheyden, ON5GO
- an overview of the operation of the UBA heritage by Jacques Verleijen ON4AVJ

But of course we want to especially like to listen to your ideas and experiences. Are you actively example, a user of the Morse code and give you training to young people? Do you have ideas to maintain a partnership with a school in your neighborhood? Morse code up to date Do you know of research on Morse code? Everything can be discussed! Your input will it shape the acknowledgment file for inventory intangible heritage.

Finally, the new brochure "Limitless, with dots and stripes' is proposed, on the occasion of Heritage Day on Sunday, April 27. At Heritage UBA organizes numerous places in Flanders activities around the morse code.

All interested parties are welcome on Wednesday, April 23 at 19h in Congress and Heritage Lamot (Van Beethoven 8-10, 2800 Mechelen). Please confirm your presence just because there is a snack and a drink provided through this link
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tickets-morse-als-immaterieel-cultureel-erfgoed-11053095105&usg=ALkJrhiIDJn_5KGBz7k0sDtiexK6QV70zA

UBA in Google English
http://tinyurl.com/BelgiumUBA

ETWIE – Center of Expertise for Technical, Scientific and Industrial Heritage
http://www.etwie.be/etwie-english

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New 70cms beacon GB3UHF

Thursday 27th March 2014

A new 70cms beacon GB3UHF, to be located at the same site in Kent as the 2m beacon GB3VHF, is now licenced.

I will now apply for a site sharing agreement and once an agreement has been finalised the new beacon will appear shortly afterwards.
This process may take some considerable time so an early appearance of the new beacon is unlikely.

The proposed hardware will be similar in principle to that used for GB3VHF in that the frequency will be GPS locked and the keying format will be the same as used for GB3VHF.

The antennas will use the same type of 3 element yagis (Amphenol Jaybeam 7040420) and will point in the same directions (288 and 348 degrees) as those used at 144MHz and with a similar E.R.P.

A beacon operating on 432.430 MHz will provide a very useful tool together with GB3VHF for determining propagation at both VHF and UHF over long distances from the same site

Paul, G4DCV

More information is at:
http://www.gb3vhf.co.uk/GB3UHFdetails.html

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Bletchley Park code-breaker Jerry Roberts dies, aged 93

Thursday 27th March 2014

BBC News reports that Raymond 'Jerry' Roberts - one of the last of a top World War Two code-breaking team at Bletchley Park - has died, aged 93, following a short illness.

Captain Roberts, from Liphook in Hampshire, was part of a group that cracked the German High Command's Tunny code at the British listening post.

Their decrypts made it possible to read Hitler's own messages during the war.

The team is credited with helping to shorten the war by at least two years.

Read the full BBC News story at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26759034

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Surprise! An asteroid with rings ?

Thursday 27th March 2014

Astronomers peering into the outer solar system have found something surprising - an asteroid with rings.

The discovery has sparked a debate about how such a thing is possible and prompted a search for tiny moons threading through the asteroid's ring system.

Get the full story from http://spaceweather.com

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BBC Radio 4 198 kHz Droitwich

Thursday 27th March 2014

The Kenilworth Weekly News reports interference might be expected from a giant transmitter

They say:

A 52-metre high mast in Chase Farm will be operational within weeks and set to run all day for the next six months.

And residents now have a tense wait to see if the move will create havoc with broadcast signals across the town.

The temporary broadcast mast off Chase Lane and Birmingham Road is almost ready to be put to use after being approved by Warwick District Council planners last month.

The structure will remain in place until September and serve as an alternative while essential maintenance is undertaken at the nearby Droitwich transmitter.

Communications company Arqiva, which is behind the mast, said it should all be up and running on March 23.

Read the full story at
http://www.kenilworthweeklynews.co.uk/news/local-news/
interference-expected-from-giant-transmitter-1-5919481


BBC Radio 4 LW & Radio 5 Live MW - Droitwich
http://www.bbc.co.uk/faqs/help-receiving/droitwich_planned_work

British DX Club (BDXC)
http://www.bdxc.org.uk/

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Rob G3XFD – mystery transmissions on 7 and 10MHz

Wednesday 26th March 2014

From Rob Mannion G3XFD Tuesday March 25th 2014.

I've placed my video on to YouTube in the hope that other Radio Amateurs/listeners can help me identify the problems that this (very recent) interference source is causing me here in Dorset.

When I first heard the transmissions - I thought I had a problem with my Elecraft K3 transceiver. However, transmitting into a dummy load and other testing – with the help of Phil Ciotti G3XBZ - who assembled my rig and has one himself – at his QTH, proved there was no problem from my station. Additionally, he couldn't see or hear anything similar at his home about three miles away.

When the offending transmissions first appeared (I was using c.w. on 7.020MHz at around the 10W level) the main offending transmission was about 600Hz below my own transmission) I thought someone might be causing interference or there were 'round the world echoes' of my transmissions (a weird but fascinating event that usually occurs on 14, 18, 21MHz, etc., in good propagation conditions). I was able to use the excellent Elecraft P3 pan adapter to 'see' the problem. Without the spectrum display unit I would't have 'seen' what was really happening.

I soon realised that the offending transmitter was automatic and was left switched on over a 24 hour period – I proved this with several 3am visits to the shack!). The higher the power radiated from my antenna system, the stronger the transmissions seem to be on my P3 pan adapter and they also are transmitted for a longer period (30 minutes plus).

Another friend of mine who lives about five miles away has reported something similar on the spectrum 'scope screen on his Icom IC-756PRO.

My home in Bournemouth on the south west coast of England is surrounded on three sides by large houses converted in flats although (fortunately we are screened from them by tall trees) with many switched mode power supplies and 'internet over the mains' type units. My dipole antenna (mounted on a mast with a total height of 35ft. One leg of the dipole runs above our driveway and there are a large number of overhead telephone wires.

I've briefly seen the interfering transmitter operating on the 3.5MHz (80m band) but it's really strong on 7 (from 7 to 7.199MHz) and 10MHz (again over the whole band) . Incidentally, it doesn't actually transmit data (or whatever it's transmitting) continually but 'sits there' (somewhere) waiting to operate.

I would be most interested to hear from other Radio Amateurs who have identified similar transmissions. However, without a spectrum graphic display you would just think it was another one of those 'mystery' signals that appear to annoy us....but this one is different! I hope you can help identify the source!

Regards to everyone,

Rob G3XFD

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UK Amateur Radio Licence Review April

Wednesday 26th March 2014

The RSGB reports Ofcom are planning to publish proposals regarding the Amateur Radio Licence for consultation at the end of April

The routine quarterly meeting between the RSGB and representatives of Ofcom was held on March 15, 2014. A wide range of issues affecting radio amateurs were discussed.

Ofcom agreed in principle to issue the special call sign G14YOTA for the month of December 2014 to allow young people in the UK to participate in the IARU YOTA on-air activity.

Read the RSGB report on the meeting at
http://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/rsgb-notices/2014/03/24/
ofcom-rsgb-forum-15-march-2014/


IARU YOTA on-air activity
http://www.ham-yota.eu/?p=362

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QSL Bridge from USA to EU

Wednesday 26th March 2014

Acting as a wormhole, gateway, or whatever you want to call it, the EuroBureauQSL has opened an special entry point in USA, where American hams can send their QSLs to EURAO members abroad (no matter where they are) for just the price of a national stamp. That's it.

It is like another Outgoing QSL Service, but, instead of paying the puddle jumping the senders, with their ARRL membership, the recipients do so through EURAO.

Thanks to Doug, W2EN, QSL Manager, this new entry point is up and running. Please, try it.

More info: http://www.eurao.org/en/node/566

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Anthorn MSF 60 kHz outages

Wednesday 26th March 2014

The MSF 60 kHz standard-frequency and time signal, broadcast by Babcock on behalf of NPL, is occasionally taken off-air to allow maintenance work on the masts and antennas at Anthorn Radio Station to be carried out in safety

Such maintenance work means that your radio-controlled clock will not be picking up the MSF signal, so may not be working correctly.

The annual maintenance period for the Anthorn site in Cumbria will be from Monday 14 April to Thursday 1 May 2014 (inclusive).
The MSF service will be off daily between 0800 BST and 1800 BST to allow maintenance to be carried out on the masts.

NPL MSF Outages
http://www.npl.co.uk/science-technology/time-frequency/
products-and-services/time/msf-outages

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What is Year of Code?

Wednesday 26th March 2014

Year of Code is an independent, non-profit campaign to encourage people across the country to get coding for the first time in 2014. Through code people can discover the power of computer science, changing the way they think about, and get the most out of, the world around them.

We will be banging the drum for all the fantastic coding initiatives taking place over the course of year and want to help many more people engage with technology and access important training opportunities.

Over the course of the year we will signpost national and community tech events, crowdsource funding to help parents, pupils and educational organisations. We will commission detailed polling and analysis on how we can take coding far and wide.

For more information, please see:
WWW.YEAROFCODE.ORG

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Ofcom Consultation: 146-147 MHz for Ham Radio use

Tuesday 25th March 2014

Ofcom has published a consultation on the release of around 6 MHz of very high frequency (VHF) spectrum in the 143 to 169 MHz band, which has been returned for civil use

The consultation says:

1.7 As demand for both operational and potential future services in the short to medium term is likely to be low we are also proposing to permit temporary access to 1 MHz of this spectrum (146 to 147 MHz) for Amateur Radio use, until such a time as it is needed by Business Radio or other services. Should additional spectrum be needed to meet operational requirements, we will remove the temporary allocation.

Amateur Radio use of this frequency will be on a non-protection/ non-interference basis and will be subject to some geographical restrictions to ensure that there is no interference to neighbouring countries. We propose that the authorisation will be implemented by an individual Notice of Variation (NoV) to the Amateur Radio licence.

The consultation summarises responses to an earlier Call for Input on the release of spectrum in England, Wales and Northern Ireland between 143 and 156 MHz spectrum. Today’s document also encompasses spectrum that has been returned for civil use between 168 MHz and 169 MHz. Since the Call for Input was published, this spectrum is now available on a UK-wide basis.

The consultation explains Ofcom’s proposed approach to allocating the released spectrum, including a proposal that spectrum be made available on a first-come-first-served basis through Ofcom’s current Business Radio licence products.

Responses to the proposals are invited by 26 May 26, 2014, make your response at
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/
vhf-143-169mhz/howtorespond/


Consultation document
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/
vhf-143-169mhz/summary/VHF_consultation.pdf


Consultation: Responses to the Call for Input and Consultation on next steps of the release of spectrum within the frequency ranges 143 MHz to 169 MHz
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/vhf-143-169mhz/

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RSGB Annual Construction Competition

Tuesday 25th March 2014

The annual RSGB Construction Competition is to encourage home construction, experimentation, design and innovation. Any Member of the RSGB is eligible to enter

The closing date for entries is 30 September and judging will take place at the RSGB Convention. Winners in each category will be awarded prizes and the Pat Hawker G3VA Trophy will be awarded to the best overall entry.

Projects

Projects must have an amateur radio context. Examples might include receivers, transmitters, transceivers, aerials, instrumentation, test equipment, etc.

Projects must be home-constructed, tested, complete and working. Entrants for each of the four categories listed below must demonstrate the functionality of their entry, by either providing a short video showing it working, or by demonstrating it working to the judges at the Convention.

Categories

There are four classes of entry:

1) Designer. This is aimed at encouraging original designs, which can be software, hardware or a combination thereof. Entries in this class will be judged on the elegance and innovation used to solve a new problem, or to solve a well-known problem in some better way. The entry will also be judged on the degree to which it advances the state of the art in amateur radio.

2) Craftsman. This category is aimed at those constructing projects designed by someone else; entries are likely to be based on a published design. Kits may feature, either as a part or the whole of the project. For kit builders, credit will be given for personal additions, modifications or finishing touches. Entries in this class will be judged on the overall quality of the construction/excellence in craftsmanship.

3) Beginner. This category is aimed at those new to amateur radio. The entrant must have been a member of the RSGB for less than a total of three years and must have held an amateur radio licence of any type for less than three years.

4) Junior Member. This category is aimed at our young members. The entrant must be a Junior member of the RSGB on the date of submission of the entry.

In the Beginner and Junior Member categories the judges will balance the elegance, innovation and craftsmanship of the entry in their deliberations.

Documentation

Each project must be accompanied by a one-page summary description of not more than 250 words.

Electronic projects must also be accompanied by a circuit diagram and sufficient description to explain what it does and how it works. Designers will also need to outline their design approach. If a kit is entered, you may simply attach the documentation that comes with the kit, plus a description of any changes or additions.

In the case of an entry with a significant software component, the judges must be provided with access to the source code, and the main software libraries and open source used must be identified to the judges. These details may be provided to the judges in confidence.

Original designs must not have been published (in print or on the web) prior to the competition.

Entries must agree to their projects being featured in RadCom if considered appropriate; RadCom staff will provide assistance to entrants in preparing a suitable article from the documentation provided with the entry.

Entrants

Entrants must be members of the RSGB, and each member may enter more than one project. Entrants must advise the RSGB that they propose to submit an entry by 31st August.

All entries must say which category they are entering.

Entries must be displayed for judging at the RSGB Convention. Entrants need not attend the Convention in person; their entries can be brought and demonstrated by a proxy. The RSGB will not accept responsible for the security of the entries at the Convention but will take reasonable measures to protect the entries once handed over for display to the judges and until the end of the general viewing period.

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each category and to other highly commended entries. The Pat Hawker G3VA Trophy will be awarded to the best overall entry. All prizes will be awarded at the sole discretion of the judges whose decisions shall be final.

RSGB
http://www.rsgb.org/

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Strange goings on at Twitty Fee

Tuesday 25th March 2014

Roy G4JAC reports on his first amateur radio direction finding hunt totally on foot, held March 2 at Twitty Fee, Danbury in Essex

Despite the problems with car parking, the event was a great success. Read Roy's well illustrated report at
http://www.forjac.co.uk/df/14/o20314/020314.html

Top Band Radio Direction Finding Colchester/Chelmsford
http://www.forjac.co.uk/df/df.htm

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Bletchley Park: Colossus at 70

Tuesday 25th March 2014

On February 5, 2014, The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Blechley Park celebrated the 70th anniversary of the world's first electronic computer Colossus

Radio amateur Tony E. Sale, who passed away August 28, 2011, started the project to rebuild Colossus in 1993 and it was completed in 2007.

In the early 1950's Tony was a research assistant at Marconi’s laboratories at Great Baddow, Essex, where he was an assistant to Peter Wright (author of Spycatcher) on research into Doppler radar.

Tony Sale was a member of the British Amateur Television Club (BATC) and the first edition of their newsletter CQ-TV, published October 1949 carries a report by Tony. It is understood he was issued a no-Morse G3K?? TV amateur licence in 1955 when he was living in Rayleigh, Essex, prior to him joining MI5. If anybody has an old callbook from that era and can find the call sign please let us know.

In 1944, Colossus Mk I made its first attack on a German Lorenz-enciphered message at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, UK. In 2014, Colossus veterans, their relatives and guests watched a re-enactment of the breaking of Lorenz from intercept to decrypt.

Watch Colossus at 70

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Blechley Park
http://www.tnmoc.org/

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Two Geostationary Ham Radio Transponders

Monday 24th March 2014

AMSAT-DL President, Peter Guelzow DB2OS, has confirmed there will be two amateur radio transponders on the Geostationary Es’hail 2 satellite planned to launch at the end of 2016

Peter Guelzow DB2OS has provided the following information:

Es’HailSat-2 will carry two geostationary “Phase 4” amateur radio transponders !!

As a result of a concept proposed by the Qatar Amateur Radio Society, Es’ Hailsat, the Qatar Satellite Company, have announced that their new, geostationary, Es’HailSat-2 communications spacecraft will provide transponders for use by radio amateurs. The spacecraft is expected to be ready for launch by the end of 2016.

Es’HailSat-2 will provide a 250 kHz linear transponder intended for conventional analogue (e.g. SSB / CW) operations in addition to another transponder which will have an 8 MHz bandwidth. The latter transponder is intended for experimental digital modulation schemes and DVB amateur television.

Precise uplink and downlink frequencies remain to be finalized but the uplinks will be in the 2.400-2.450 GHz and the downlinks in the 10.450-10.500 GHz amateur satellite service allocations.

Both transponders will have broad beam antennas to provide full coverage over about 1/3rd of the earth’s surface. Precise operational plans will be finalised over the coming months but it is anticipated that only quite simple ground equipment will be required to use this satellite.

A team of amateurs, led by Peter Guelzow DB2OS (President of AMSAT-DL) are providing technical support to this ground breaking project which is expected to provide an exciting new phase of activity for radio amateurs for the 21st century.

Es’hailSat announces tender process for Es’hail 2
http://www.qatarchronicle.com/science-and-technolgy/49977/
eshailsat-announces-tender-process-for-eshail-2/


Es’hailSat – the Qatar Satellite Company
https://www.facebook.com/EshailSat

Presentation by Peter Guelzow DB2OS, President of AMSAT-DL, at the 2013 AMSAT-UK Colloquium
http://www.batc.tv/streams/amsat1306

AMSAT Deutschland
https://www.facebook.com/amsat.deutschland

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 24th March 2014

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 16th-March, through Sunday, 23rd-March there were 232 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FO/a, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,

V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, VU4, XE, XT, XU, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, 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).

OPDX

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Amateur Radio World Prefix Maps in full colour with excellent detail

Monday 24th March 2014

We have produced an Amateur Radio World Prefix Map which is unbranded, i.e. there are no radio manufacturers logo's on the maps, we have found that Radio Amateurs who own a Yaesu transceiver do not want a map that has a Kenwood or Icom logo and vice versa, so our maps appeal to ALL radio hams.

MAPS are FULLY up to date and include all the latest updates.... PJ4 Bonaire, PJ5 St Eustatius, PJ6 Saba, PJ7 St Maarten and Z8 South Sudan

Our finished maps measure approximately 39" x 27" and are printed on photo quality silk paper, we have sold our maps all over the world, this includes USA, Canada, UAE, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Martinique, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Israel and all over Europe to name but a few, they have been a great success.

Our maps are printed on professional litho printing machines using photo quality paper to the highest standard, they are the best quality available, they are NEW and unused...

I will post anywhere in the world, maps will arrive rolled up in a poster tube.

The costs are given below....

UK - £10.50 Including insured postage .

Europe - £11.75 GBP (13.94 Euro's) Including insured postage .

USA/Rest of the World - £12.75 GBP ($20.35) Including insured postage.

All Payments should be made in GBP via Paypal to
maps@hamcall.co.uk

I can also be contacted on the following email address...

maps@hamcall.co.uk

I'm Ok in any call book and QRZ.com
I look forward to hearing from you.

73's,

Mike (gm0phw)

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 24th March 2014

Island activities:

AS-007. A group of JAs will be using the special callsign 8J1MTD from Honshu Island during CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via LoTW or direct (see QRZ.com). The special callsign is to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Matsudo City.

AS-134. Operators Zhang/BA3AX and Lu/BD3AEO have postponed their B3/BA3AX and B3/BD3AEO trip to Yuetuo Island between March 21-24th. No reason given.

EU-008. Gil, F4FET, will be active as MM/F4FET/p from the Isle of Mull (IOSA NH15, SCOTIA CN10, WLOTA 2485) between May 12-18th.
Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS. Visit his Web site at:
http://www.f4fet.net

EU-108. Gil, F4FET, will be active as MM/F4FET/p from the Island of Lunga (IOSA FL07, SCOTIA CS37), Trenish Isles, in the Firth of Lorn, in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, between May 14-18th. Activity will be limited to a few hours on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS. Visit his Web site at: http://www.f4fet.net

EU-127. A large group of operators will be active as DA0HEL from Helgoland Island between April 3-12th. They plan to have 3-4 stations on the air. QSL via DF6QC, by the Bureau is preferred.

EU-147. Lars, SM6CUK, will be active as SA6G/7 from Ven Island (WLOTA 0780) between June 9-16th. Activity will be on the HF bands on, or near, the usual IOTA frequencies. QSL via SM6CUK, direct or by the Bureau.

OC-016. (Reminder) Jeff, K0UU, will be active as 3D2FJ from Beqa Island between March 23-31st, 2014. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters CW only. QSL via K0UU, by LoTW (preferred) or direct.

OC-084. Tov, T32TV, who was previously on Christmas Island, is now active from the rare IOTA Washington Island. His length of stay was not mentioned. Tov is 100% on solar power at this time. Not enough power to run his linear amp. If anyone has any ideas how he can get more power out of the solar setup, please let Stan, KH6CG, know. Stan is Tov QSL Manager. He states, "I am hoping we can possibly get some necessary solar equipment donated to him to increase his storage capacity and total power. Tov is running a Yaesu FT-450D and a Hygain AV-640 vertical. 6-40meters. Presently running only 100 watts, but does have a linear amp that can run as much as 600w if he can get the power to run it." Activity so far has been on 20 and 10 meters SSB.

Compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW OPDX

RSGB IOTA website

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

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UK VHF Spectrum Release

Sunday 23rd March 2014

The RSGB has issued a statement regarding VHF Spectrum Release in the range 143–156 MHz

The RSGB web site says:

Following a VHF Spectrum Release in the range 143 – 156 MHz “Call for Input” by Ofcom in August 2012 the RSGB, supported by the BATC and AMSAT-UK, submitted some firm and challenging proposals in October 2012, which were reported in our GB2RS News coverage. See
http://rsgb.org/main/files/2013/05/VHF-Spectrum-Release-v3.2.pdf

At the Society’s regular meeting with Ofcom on 13th March 2014, we were pleased to hear details of a planned announcement on the outcome of this “Call for Input”, that is expected in early April.

Whilst the Society was asked to await Ofcom’s announcement, some details arising from a different stakeholder meeting have been circulating that refer to access for amateurs in the UK to the band 146 – 147 MHz along with some limitations and restrictions.

The Society’s wider work in relation to spectrum management, along with the response above, can be found at
http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/committees/spectrum-forum/
papers-and-consultations/


Source http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/committees/
spectrum-forum/papers-and-consultations/

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HamRadioNow: New DMR and D-STAR rig

Sunday 23rd March 2014

HamRadioNow's Gary Pearce KN4AQ interviews Jerry Wanger about a new handheld radio that will feature TWO digital voice modes: DMR and
D-STAR


Connect Systems, Inc. has been building analog and DMR digital handheld radios for commercial service pretty cheap. CEO Jerry Wanger recently learned that hams have been using them on the ham MOTOTRBO systems (DMR) and getting pretty excited about them. So he's building a model tailored more for hams (keyboard programmable, etc), and he's planning a model that will combine MOTOTRBO and D-STAR. That would make his model CS7000 the first D-STAR radio not made by ICOM.

Watch Episode 138: MotoTRBOStar

Connect Systems President Jerry Wanger announces plans to launch a combo DMR & D-STAR radio
http://www.va3xpr.net/connect-systems-president-jerry-wanger-announces-plans-to-launch-a-combo-dmr-d-star-radio/

Connect Systems, Inc.
http://www.connectsystems.com/

DMR UK http://www.dmruk.net/

Previous editions of HamRadioNow
http://www.youtube.com/user/HamRadioNow/videos

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GEO Amateur Radio Transponder on Es’hail 2

Sunday 23rd March 2014

Qatar’s Es’hailSat 2 satellite will provide the first amateur radio geostationary communications capability linking Brazil and India

The satellite is expected to launch by the end of 2016.

Es’hailSat announces tender process for Es’hail 2
http://www.qatarchronicle.com/science-and-technolgy/49977/
eshailsat-announces-tender-process-for-eshail-2/


Es’hailSat – the Qatar Satellite Company
https://www.facebook.com/EshailSat

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2m band in UK to expand by 1MHz to 147 MHz in June?

Saturday 22nd March 2014

It looks like we will see the 2m band in the UK expanded by 1MHz to 144-147MHz... maybe as soon a June this year.

This slide was part of the presentation at Wireless Communications for Business Expo (WCBE) 2014 by Paul Jarvis, Head of Business Radio at Ofcom.

While Amateur Radio was not the point of the particular meeting, it was interesting to note that we will be getting a significant hand-out of VHF spectrum.

There appear to be 4 x 12.5KHz channels which will be "no go" frequencies as we will be sharing with other users.

Mike G8TIC

Slide from presentation, here:
http://www.tubby.org/2m/ofcom_146_147mhz.png

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FUNcube in TX Factor TV show

Saturday 22nd March 2014

The second episode of the online TV show for amateurs, TX Factor, has been released and features the FUNcube-1 satellite and the FUNcube Dongle Pro+ Software Defined Radio

Decoding satellites

The TX Factor team were at Bletchley Park with the inventor of the FUNcube Dongle, Howard Long G6LVB – This is a Software Defined Radio (SDR) that’s designed to receive signals from the orbiting FUNCube-1 (AO-73) satellite.

The video features a pass of the FUNcube satellite and how to decode the data. The feature goes on to interview both Howard Long G6LVB and Graham Shirville G3VZV who discuss why and how the FUNCube Dongle was created, including a short piece with retailer Martin Lynch G4HKS.

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

Bath Buildathon


A look at this annual event that gets people to pick up an iron and get building. The project is the RSGB Centenary Receiver kit, together with a Raspberry Pi – The construction counts towards Intermediate, and also makes for a nice PSK31 data receiver.

Nice to see Steve Hartley G0FUW talking about the event – Steve is well known for driving the UK amateur radio training activities, including the online Full licence distance learning course.

The 2014 Buildathon took place on January 4

National Radio Centre

Next up, a tour of the National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park. If you’ve not visited the RSGB’s flagship venue, join TX Factor on a tour. Nice bit of production as the presenter calls CQ – it never goes to plan when a camera’s rolling!

You can also check out our considerably more amateur production filmed at the National Radio Centre here:
http://www.essexham.co.uk/news/national-radio-centre-a-first-look.html

Rig Review

The team also takes a look at the Yaesu FT-DX1200 at Martin Lynch and Sons.

Watch TX Factor – Episode 2 (TXF002)

TX Factor http://www.txfactor.co.uk/

FUNcube Dongle LF/MF/HF/VHF/UHF SDR
http://www.funcubedongle.com/

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

Join AMSAT-UK
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/02/13/join-amsat-uk-7/

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'Open Letter' criticizes European Commission for PLC standard EN 50561-1

Friday 21st March 2014

The DARC report that radio amateur Karl Fischer DJ5IL, has complained to the Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Viviane Reding about the polluting powerline standard EN 50561-1

The letter is titled "European Commission promotes illegitimate standard for disabled PLC technology".

In it he points out that the new standard produces 20,000 times more RF noise pollution and endangers radio services.

The letter to Viviane Reding in German is on his website at
http://cq-cq.eu/DJ5IL_OB_Reding.pdf

The letter in Google English
http://tinyurl.com/DJ5IL-2014-03-17-PLC

Karl Fischer DJ5IL
http://cq-cq.eu/root.htm#radio_topics

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

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New world 24 GHz EME record

Friday 21st March 2014

The distance of 17,405.6 kms is a new world record for moon bounce on 24 GHz, following a contact between Rex Moncur VK7MO and Charlie Suckling G3WDG.

It was quite an achievement on March 5, with Rex VK7MO who located to the height Mt Wellington near Hobart to minimise water vapour that attenuates 24 GHz signal, and to take advantage of the Moon being close to Earth.

The Moon had to be at low elevation which meant the signal had lots of atmosphere to travel through.

The moon bouncers are pleased with the outcome, which again sees VK7 hold the world distance record.

Jim Linton VK3PC

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Voice of Russia to abandon shortwave broadcasts in April

Friday 21st March 2014

It appears that after all of the rumors from last year, and after the cuts to shortwave broadcasts earlier this year, the Voice of Russia has decided to stop broadcasting on shortwave entirely.

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

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International Marconi Day at Sandford Mill

Thursday 20th March 2014

Sandford Mill, Chelmsford's former waterworks, is primarily a museum collections store and science education resource, however it is open to the public for special events during the year

The Ships Radio Room at Sandford Mill

Sandford Mill has featured in TV programmes such Great British Railway Journeys and The Wave Messengers. The building houses an extensive radio collection, with some equipment dating back to the 1890’s.

There is a series of five ship’s radio room displays representing different decades including some very rare Marconi equipment from ships contemporary with the Titanic.

The first public open day of 2014 will be held on Saturday, 26 April from 10am to 5pm to celebrate the birthday of Guglielmo Marconi who was born 25 April, 1874.

The Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) will be operating demonstration stations using the call sign GX0MWT. The HF SSB demonstration station will be located in the historic Marconi 2MT Writtle hut which is now housed inside the museum while the CW team will operate another station from the first floor office.

Colin Page, G0TRM and his team will be demonstrating the impressive Mechanical Morse and Morse Key display with the opportunity for the youngsters to try their hand at sending Morse. The Morse punched paper tape sending and decoding process always proves to be a big hit with potential junior CW operators.

Sandford Mill is run with the help of the Friends of Chelmsford Museums and other ex-industry volunteers. It relies on the support of several voluntary bodies including Chelmsford amateur radio society, the Radio officers association, the Marconi veterans association and the Susan trust. Susan is the last wooden Chelmer Barge and is undergoing restoration (financed by funds devotedly raised by the Susan trust), before returning to her moorings at Sandford Mill.

The Museum is located in Sandford Mill Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6NY, admittance and parking are free, reports of previous events are at
http://www.g0mwt.org.uk/sandfordmill/

International Marconi Day is not a contest; it is an opportunity for amateurs around the world to make point-to-point contact with historic Marconi sites using HF communications techniques similar to those used by Marconi, and to earn an award certificate for working or hearing a requisite number of Marconi stations.

Further information at http://www.gb4imd.com/

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SUWS VHF/UHF/Microwave Ham Radio WebSDR

Thursday 20th March 2014

The SUWS WebSDR, a VHF/UHF/Microwave online radio, now has improved antennas for reception of amateur radio satellites and High Altitude Balloons (HAB)

On the UK Microwave Yahoo Group Noel G8GTZ writes:

A quick update on the status of the SUWS microwave SDR http://websdr.suws.org.uk/

10 GHz - the Octagon PLL LNB based system is working well and now has the correct frequency labels on the scale (rather than the RTL dongle tuning range). The Octagon does drift up to 30 KHz high with temperature which is not bad considering it is unmodified and mounted on the mast, and you can get an accurate frequency calibration from GB3SEE which is visible at all times on 10368.850. We have seen some very interesting propagation effects (both RS and tropo) with GB3CCX and GB3LEX was audible last week during the lift.

1.3 GHz - the SPF pre-amp is now mounted at masthead. There is some small frequency drift from the RTL dongle but GB3FN is very loud at all times and GB3MHL / GB3DUN are now audible with the any improvement in condx or aircraft scatter (Heathrow lies directly on the path to MHL).

144 MHz and 432 MHz - We are trying a new type of mixed mode helix antennae on both bands to improve satellite and HAB reception and it seems to be working very well - see
http://g8jnj.webs.com/currentprojects.htm

Listen to the Southampton University Wireless Society (SUWS) WebSDR
http://websdr.suws.org.uk/

WebSDR for 434 and 1296 MHz
http://amsat-uk.org/2013/12/28/websdr-for-434-and-1296-mhz/

UK Microwave Yahoo Group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ukmicrowaves

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Ofcom enforcement action

Thursday 20th March 2014

Local London reports Ofcom officers took action against a pirate radio station in Sutton

Mike Murphy-Pyle, Chief Reporter, reports that a pirate radio station based from a suburban terrace in Morley Road, Stonecot was shut down in a raid Tuesday morning, March 18.

The story says they found a PC hooked up to tool called a link transmitter that allowed users to convert an internet signal into a radio signal. The person who set up the system was using the kit to broadcast FM radio via a link to an aerial on the top of Chaucer House in Central Sutton. It is believed the person who set up the system was charging DJs to let them broadcast via it.

No-one was arrested.

Read the full story at
http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/11085365.
Pirate_radio_station_shut_down_after_raid_in_Stonecot/

Link transmitters typically operate at 10 GHz. This video shows one being used to link an internet feed to a remote 20 watt transmitter on 103 MHz

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Thursday 20th March 2014

Island activities:

AF-027; FH; Mayotte Island: Hartwig/DL7BC wants to activate Mayotte (DIFO FH-001, WLOTA 0376) from March 20 to April 4. QRV as TO7BC on 20-10m (maybe also 40m) in SSB and digital modes. Also look for him in the WPX contest, running 100W and a spiderbeam. QSL via homecall
(d/B). Logcheck on ClubLog available.
http://www.qsl.net/dl7bc/

AS-089; R9K; Kara Sea Coast West group: RT9K/p is the call of a snow-mobile expedition to the arctic island Litke. The team consists of Igor/UA9KDF, Andrew/RT9K, Daniel/RT9K, Alexander/RT9K, Alexander/ UA9KFX, Victor/RW0BG, and Andrey/UA0BA. Their total trip will cover about 1500km. QSL via RT9K (d/B).
http://aprs.fi/#!mt=roadmap&z=11&call=a%2FUA9KDF-9&timerange=3600&tail=3600

AS-101; HS; Malay Peninsula East group: David/HS0ZLU pays a visit to Koh Phangan Island until May 15. QRV mostly on 20 and 10m (also on 17, 40, and 80m a bit) in SSB and PSK/RTTY. QSL via is French address (see qrz.com). http://hs0zlu.wordpress.com/

AS-118; 9K; Kuwait group: Sal/9K2GV is going to activate Faylakah Island from March 21 (04z) to March 22 (05z) as 9K2GV/p. QSL only direct via his homecall.

AS-132; 3W; Gulf of Tongking North group: Vlad/R3HD and Slava/UA3DK are going to leave Hanoi and operate from Cat Ba Island (3WFF-007) as 3W1D and 3W4DK until March 19. QSL 3W1D via SP5PB, 3W4DK unknown so far.

EU-008; GM/MM; Inner Hebrides: Members of the Black Country DX & Contest Group are going to work from the Isle of Tiree (IOSA NH04, SCOTIA DI10, WLOTA 2232, WAB NM04), signing MS0OXE. QRV from March 25 to 31 (including the WPX contest) on 160-10m in CW, SSB, and RTTY. Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW. QSL via M0URX
(OQRS). Twitter feed: @bcdxcg_m0oxe http://www.ms0oxe.net/
http://www.m0urx.com/3-M0URX/478-ms0oxe-isle-of-tiree-eu-008.html
http://www.m0urx.com/oqrs/

NA-023; VP2V; British Virgin Island: Bogdan/SP2FUD, Kazik/SP6AXW, Leszek/SP6CIK, Janusz/SP9FIH, and Robert/SP9WZS are going to take part in the WPX contest as VP2VAK from Anegada Island (WW Loc. FK78ur). Before and after the contest (March 19 to April 1) they will operate with VP2V/homecalls, particularly looking for contacts with JA and Asia. QSLs via homecalls, VP2VAK via SP9FIH.
http://www.vp2v.dxpeditions.org

NA-025; J8; The Grenadines: Ark/UA4CC and Arunas/LY2IJ are currently vacationing on Bequia Island until March 26, operating holiday-style as J8/homecalls. QSLs via homecalls (d/B), LoTW, OQRS via ClubLog.

OC-009; T8; Palau Islands: Ryo/JH7EQW will stay on Palau on March 19 and 20, and plans to get on the air as T88YR according to the following schedule: March 19, 14z - 15z, and 20z to 24z. March 20, 00z - 03z, 05z - 09z, and 12z to 14z. QSL via JH7EQW (d/B).

OC-164; VK6; Western Australia State (S.W. Coast) South group: John/VK6HZ returns to Rottnest Island (WLOTA 2197) and plans to get on the air holiday-style as VK6ARI from March 23 to 30. QRV on 40-10m in SSB, PSK, and RTTY (maybe also CW) on the IOTA frequencies. 
QSL via VK6HZ (d/B). Log will be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW.
 

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

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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ARRL to FCC: 'Grow Light' Ballast causes HF interference, violates rules

Wednesday 19th March 2014

The ARRL has taken action over the MF and HF radio interference generated by a 'Grow Light' Ballast that is used by horticulturists and can also be used for activities such as marijuana production

The ARRL say:
The ARRL has formally complained to the FCC, contending that a “grow light” ballast being widely marketed and sold is responsible for severe interference to the MF and HF bands. The League urged Commission action to halt sales of the Lumatek LK-1000 electronic ballast and to recall devices already on store shelves or in the hands of consumers. In a March 12 letter to the Commission’s Enforcement Bureau and its Office of Engineering and Technology, ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, said the ARRL’s own laboratory testing revealed that the Lumatek device exhibited excessive conducted emissions, in violation of the FCC’s rules.

“ARRL has received numerous complaints from Amateur Radio operators of significant noise in the medium and high frequency bands between 1.8 MHz and 30 MHz from ‘grow lights’ and other RF lighting devices generally,” Imlay told the Commission. “The level of conducted emissions from this device is so high that, as a practical matter, one RF ballast operated in a residential environment would create preclusive interference to Amateur Radio HF communications throughout entire neighborhoods.” An extensive Conducted Emissions Test Report detailing the ARRL Lab’s test results was attached to the League’s correspondence.

“The Report concludes from the conducted emissions tests that the six highest emissions from the device in the HF band vastly exceed the quasi-peak limit specified in Section 18.307(c) of the Rules,” Imlay related. The ARRL further pointed out that, while a FCC sticker has been affixed to the device, it lacked FCC compliance information. FCC Part 18 rules require RF lighting devices to provide an advisory statement with the device, notifying users that it could interfere with radio equipment operating between 0.45 MHz and 30 MHz.

Read the full ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-to-fcc-grow-light-ballast-causes-hf-interference-violates-rules

ARRL complaint
http://www.arrl.org/files/media/News/Complaint20re20RF20Device.pdf

Conducted Emissions Test Report
http://www.arrl.org/files/media/News/
Lumatek20Emissions20Report20Rev%20D.pdf


Lumatek LK-1000 electronic ballast
http://www.lumatekballast.com/products/

Grow lights
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grow_light

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Radio ham operating from research vessel

Wednesday 19th March 2014

Lars Lehnert, DL1LLL is back on the German research vessel Maria S Merian and will be operating in the 160-10m amateur radio bands using SSB and digital modes

He will be traveling for four weeks on a scientific journey from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria to Cadiz, Spain.

The German research vessel Maria S. Merian is named after the naturalist and illustrator Maria Sybilla Merian and is an interdisciplinary research platform built in 2006.

The Rostock-based research vessel is used by the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research at Warnemünde for marine research work.

Its tasks are Arctic research, research on the Gulf Stream, and seabed research to a depth of 10 km. It has a crew of 21, and can additionally accommodate 22 scientists. The vessel is equipped with several laboratories.

The current position of the RV Maria S Merian can be found at
http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/211753000

DL1LLL
http://www.dl1lll.de/

Source DARC
http://tinyurl.com/GermanyDARC

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New Brunswick Minister of Justice invites Radio Amateurs to Legislature

Tuesday 18th March 2014

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has been made aware that an important announcement will be made at the Gallery of the Legislature (706 Queen St, Fredericton, NB) at 1:00PM on Tuesday 18th of March.

RAC was apprised in advance by Troy Lifford, Minister of Justice and MLA for Fredericton-Nashwaaksis that this will be news of high interest for hams and that all amateur radio operators in the area are invited to attend the session.

"We are hopeful New Brunswick will recognize the value of amateur radio operators to our province by eliminating the ban on mobile radio operations. The lifting of the ban will enhance public safety and bring New Brunswick in line with the rest of Canada." stated Len Morgan VE9MY Deputy Director for the Atlantic Region.

There has been a concerted effort by RAC, local amateur radio clubs and amateur radio operators in New Brunswick, to have the ban on mobile radio operations lifted.

Contact:
Len Morgan, VE9MY,
RAC Deputy Director – Atlantic
Region.morgakl@nb.sympatico.ca

Radio Amateurs of Canada

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Grounding your Ham Radio equipment

Tuesday 18th March 2014

Episode 134 of Ham Nation explains the mysteries of grounding your amateur radio equipment

Watch Grounding Your Equipment: Ham Nation 134, fast forward to 08:48

Ham Nation videos
http://www.youtube.com/user/TWiTHamNation/videos

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WRAPS Antenna Rotor System Introduction

Tuesday 18th March 2014

In the first of four videos, Spence, WA8SME, explains the operation of the amateur radio WRAPS antenna rotor system

The WRAPS system points a lightweight antenna towards a passing amateur radio satellite (or weather or other satellite), facilitating the capture of telemetry or participation in conversations via satellite.

The remaining 3 WRAPS videos demonstrate the operation of WRAPS to capture telemetry from the FUNcube satellite using the SatPC32 software and the FUNcube Dashboard.

Watch WRAPS Antenna Rotor System Introduction Video 1

The other videos in the series are available at
http://www.youtube.com/user/AMSATNA/videos

Thanks to the ARRL and WA8SME a PDF of the QST article on the WRAPS antenna rotor system can be downloaded from
http://amsat-uk.org/2013/12/12/wraps-a-portable-satellite-antenna-rotator-system/

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Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

Monday 17th March 2014

Message from the Malaysian Amateur Radio Emergency Service Society

The Malaysian Amateur Radio Emergency Service Society (MARES/9M4CME) is calling all ham radios particularly in india, Indonesia, Sri Langka, Mauritius, Syechelles, Thailand to participate in the search and rescue of the missing aircraft, Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER bearing registration 9M-MRO flight MH370.

The flight has gone missing from ATC radar at 1.21am local time 8 March 2014. SAR was initially done within the vicinity of South China Sea. However, new confirmed evidence revealed yesterday has shifted the SAR activities in the vicinity of Malacca Strait, Andaman Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. This ia a huge area to cover roughly 21,000 sq km. To date, SAR efforts have combined assets from at least 14 countries involving more than 50 aircrafts and 30 vessels making it the single largest SAR mission ever.

In light with the multinational effort taken and also so many rumours of the plane crashing or landing in islands within the SAR area, MARES is calling all ham stations, especially those from the countries within the search area, to participate in a daily reporting session. The objective is for ham stations to provide any sightings, info or evidence that might help the authorities to find the missing MH370. Details are as follows:

Daily Check-in and reporting session will be done at UTC1300hrs - 1500hrs at 14.250 MHz and 21.250 MHz (+- QRM)

Any urgent message beyond the specified DX session time shall be communicated via email to emergency@mares.org.my

All information and evidence obtained will be forwarded to the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation and Malaysian National Security Council by MARES.

On behalf of Malaysia, MARES would like to thank in advance all participating stations for their time and effort in helping us to find the missing 9M-MRO / MH370. Let us all do our bit in this moment of crisis.

Please do spread this effort to stations and clubs you think might be helpful in our effort.

Thank you, 73
9W2FG on behalf of MARES

Malaysian Amateur Radio Emergency Service Society
http://www.mares.org.my/

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FCC invites public comment on 10-10.5 GHz Petition

Monday 17th March 2014

The FCC has invited public comment on a Petition for Rule Making

(RM-11715) that would make a significant portion of the 10.0 to 10.5 GHz band available for wireless broadband services

The ARRL say the petition by Mimosa Networks Inc proposes a band plan for 10.0 to 10.5 GHz that, it says, would protect frequencies most often used by radio amateurs.

The petition hinges on FCC adoption of rule changes that would put the 10 GHz band under Subpart Z of the Commission’s Part 90 rules. Subpart Z currently sets out regulations governing wireless licensing, technical standards, and operational standards in the 3650 to 3700 MHz band.

The proposed band plan would specify 10.350 to 10.370 GHz as an “Amateur Calling Band,” and 10.450 to 10.500 GHz for Amateur-Satellite operations in the midst of 21 wireless broadband channels and a small guard band.

Read the full ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/
fcc-invites-public-comment-on-petition-affecting-10-10-5-ghz-band

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 17th March 2014

Island activities:

AS-089. A group of Russian operators using snowmobiles will activate Litke Island in the Arctic as RT9K/P starting March 18th.
Operators mentioned are Victor/RW0BG, Andrey/UA0BA, Igor/UA9KDF,
Alex/UA9KFX, and members of the RT9K Club Station Yang-Inform Ltd. (Andrew, Daniel and Alexander). Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK. QSL via RX9KM. You will be able to watch their progress on the following Web pages at:
http://aprs.fi/#!mt=roadmap&z=11&call=a%2FUA9KDF-9
& timerange=3600&tail=3600

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp
?glId=0rqv06v4JZqmVbGBO1vEgKQQdqU4BrIGd

AS-101. French operator, David, has been operating as HS0ZLU from Koh Phangan Island, in Thailand. He will be active until May 2014.
Activity will be mainly on the 10 and 20 meters bands, but he will also be on 80/40/17/12m, and use SSB and PSK. He uses an Icom IC-706 MKIIG into a long wire of 10 meters in length (Diamond W8010 20-10m) and a long wire of 20 meters in length (for 80-40m). QSL via the address on QRZ.com. NO Bureau QSLs.
For more details, see:
http://hs0zlu.wordpress.com

AS-132. Operator Vlad/R3HD and Slava/UA3DK are now active as 3W1D and 3W4DK, respectively, from Cat Ba Island (WFF 3WFF-007) until March 19th (or possibly the end of March). Activity will be on 60-10 meters with the possibility of 80m and 160m. As this was being written, their activity was on 40 and 30 meters. QSL 3W1D via SP5PB.
QSL 3W4DK via UA3DK.

EU-010. Camb-Hams will be active as GS3PYE/P from the Isle of Lewis between April 26th and May 3rd. The Camb-Hams have been activating the Scottish Isles each year since 2008 and will be traveling to the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Outer Hebrides in 2014.
Thirteen operators will be active on all bands and many modes from 4m to 80m, 2m and 70cm for Satellites, and 2m and 23cm for EME. The HF bands will be covered by five simultaneous stations, while the 6m and 4m stations will have a great take-off towards the UK and Europe from the island's northern tip in IO68 square. 2m and 23cm EME will be available with a portable low-ERP Yagi system, mainly focused on JT modes. 2m and 70cm will be available for portable satellite operations.
Contest operations will take place in the RSGB 70MHz UKAC on April 29th. The group will be active on the major social networks before, during and after the trip. You can check on progress or interact with the operators via their blog at <dx.camb-hams.com> or through Twitter, Facebook and YouTube [links below].
Previous trips have generated some great audio and video recordings of the GS3PYE/P signal from around the world. Please E-mail <skeds-2014@camb-hams.com> to arrange skeds on the more challenging bands and modes. VHF and EME skeds will also be made via ON4KST and N0UK's EME Chat. All links are available via <dx.camb-hams.com>, <twitter.com/g3pye>,< facebook.com/CambHams> and <youtube.com/CambHams>.

EU-038. Operators Marc/PD7YY and Jan/PE1GNP will be active as PH38EU from Terschelling Island Between April 11-14th. Activity will
be on 40/20/17/15/12/10/2 meters using SSB. QSL via PD7YY or PE1GNP, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-038. Operators Randy/PH4X, Ron/PA4RVS, Lucas/PD0LVS, Friso/PD1JFB and Marcel/PD3MVB will be active as PA6TX from Texel Island (WLOTA 0043) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). The previous year, they signed PG13IOTA. QSL via PD0LVS, direct or by the Bureau. Logs will be uploaded to both LoTW and to eQSL at the end of the contest.

EU-120. Operators Peter/G0DRX, Matt/G0ECM, Mike/G0MEM, Steve/G0UQT, Henryk/M0HTB and SWL Julja will be active as GB2BLE from the Government House on Lundy Island between June 15-20th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters, possibly 6m, using SSB, FM and PSK31.
QSL via the Bureau. Look for updates on Twitter @GB2BLE.
For more details, see:
http://www.sbarc.co.uk/club-activities/lundy/lundy-2014

EU-141. (Special Prefix) Hans, LA2MOA, will be active as LI2MOA from Vardo Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LA2MOA, direct or by the Bureau. Also LoTW. This special prefix/callsign is being used to celebrate the 200 year anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution. The prefix will be active until December 31st. This callsign will be used primarily in contests.

NA-034. By the time you read this, Louis, W0FK, will be active as W0FK/4 from Longboat Key until April 1st. Activity will be holiday style. QSL via W0FK, direct or by the Bureau. E-mail
Bureau request are OK.

Compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW OPDX

RSGB IOTA website

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

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 17th March 2014

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 9th-March, through Sunday, 16th-March there were 239 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T2, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,

V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VK9X, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZL, ZL7, ZP, ZS, ZS8

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

OPDX

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New frequencies for French radio hams

Sunday 16th March 2014

The minutes of the March 7 meeting between the French National Society REF and the communications regulator ARCEP have been published

French radio amateurs have gained access to 472-479 kHz with 1 watt output in Region 1 and territories in Region 2. Discussions also covered the possibility of an amateur allocation across the whole of 1.8-2.0 MHz and possible future allocations at 5.5 MHz and 70 MHz.

435-438 MHz is now allocated to the Amateur-satellite service for both Earth-to-Space and Space-to-Earth in Region 1 & territories in Region 2. Due to a previous error in the national frequency table French amateurs did not have Space-to-Earth for this band in their license.

The 2400-2415 MHz band is now allocated to radio stations in the Amateur-satellite service in French territories in Region 2.

Regarding the 1.2 GHz band the REF wondered if the Galileo GPS satellites, which broadcast across 1260 to 1300 MHz, may call into question the allocation of this portion of the band to the Amateur Services. The ARCEP said they would review this matter and provide a response.

The REF report the ARCEP had shown an interest in the ARISS school contacts which have a high educational value.

Minutes of the meeting between ARCEP and REF March 7, 2014 in Google English
http://tinyurl.com/REF-ARCEP-Minutes-2014-03-07

REF in Google English
http://tinyurl.com/FranceREF

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UKHASnet a UHF Mesh Network

Sunday 16th March 2014

Radio amateurs are involved in the development of UKHASnet, a UHF mesh network using low power licence exempt wireless modules in Repeaters, High Altitude Balloons, etc

On Saturday, March 22, at 2pm James Coxon M6JCX is running a Workshop that will explain the setup of UKHASnet and its aims.

The workshop afternoon takes place in the classroom at the London Hackspace and, as well as explaining the system, it's hoped to create a few more nodes to expand the network.

Details of the workshop are at
http://www.ukhas.net/wiki/workshops:lhs220314

UKHASnet
http://www.ukhas.net/

London Hackspace

https://london.hackspace.org.uk/

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National Science and Engineering competition results

Sunday 16th March 2014

Radio amateur and Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury 2E0JAB was one of the judges for the UK Young Scientists and UK Young Engineers of the year

The UK Young Engineer of the Year 2014 was Rebecca Simpson who wowed the judges with her retro arcade game aimed to help young people to revise STEM subjects.

Jason Bradbury 2E0JAB said:

“The notion of putting an arcade machine into schools, that they’ve built themselves – that is in every sense open source, but with gaming content based purely around STEM subjects – is just brilliant."

“I also, I like her. And I think you can’t deny that the person at the centre of this really important award has to be someone you can relate to, someone that is charming and interesting and passionate, and of course knowledgeable, and she ticked all of those boxes” he said.


Twin sisters, Ameeta and Aneeta Kumar, are the UK Young Scientists of the Year 2014 after astounding the judges with their project on developing an early diagnostic tool for cancer.

The twins were incredibly excited to have been part of the Competition. But for them the next big challenge is university.

“We’re studying medicine, so I think we’ll have a huge workload as it is, but we’d love to think about continuing our project or trying something new,” Ameeta explained.

Read the full report and watch the videos at
http://www.nsecuk.org/View/?con_id=695

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Take on the RaDAR challenge

 Sunday 16th March 2014

Are you ready for an exciting amateur radio challenge?

Deploy as a portable station, make five contacts, walk one kilometre, deploy again and make five contacts. Continue for the four hour period. You could do the same moving three kilometers via car, motorcycle, bicycle or other vehicle.

You have entered the world of rapid deployment amateur radio aka radar. You will enjoy making trade offs in radio, antennas, and choice of operating frequencies.

The four hour period puts you under a little stress to manage all the factors in real time. Hams worldwide practice radar any time they can but there is the four hour radar contest the first Saturday of April and November. The next radar contest is 5 April 14:00 UTC to 18:00 UTC.

In addition to on foot and vehicle categories, there are also portable and at home categories. Each category has a multiplier. Power is your choice,
 

QRP and up with multipliers. All amateur bands, besides the WARC bands, are allowed including cross band contacts via amateur radio satellites.

Modes - CW, SSB, AM, FM or any digital mode. QSOs via terrestrial repeaters will not be allowed. Call sign, name, rs(t) report, QTH and grid locator at least 6 characters and 10 preferred. There is a bonus for your first satellite or digital mode QSO. Also there is a bonus for your first radar to radar intercontinental QSO.

Full details can be found in the SARL contest manual available on www.sarl.org.za.

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New energy-efficient lights can wipe out radio

Saturday 15th March 2014

As we conserve energy by the use of compact fluorescents or LED (light emitting diodes), occasionally things go wrong, with these devices also radiating radio interference.

The old pear-shaped incandescent bulbs were very inefficient. However, some of their replacements do not meet emission standards and are the source of electromagnetic interference.

In the USA fluorescent lights in a Los Angeles office are causing problems for Verizon's Long-Term Evolution or LTE network.

Among the other cases being investigated by the Federal Communications Commission is one we told you of several months back, that of the lights in a Texas hair salon getting into the mobile phone network.

In Australia, complaints about TV reception have come to Australian Communications and Media Authority which has traced the problem to some LED lights.

In England and elsewhere too there have TV interference complaints, even spreading to set-top boxes and cable TV.

However don't blame the technology, but rather the design used in cheap products. If lights are the problem return them to the place of purchase.

Jim Linton VK3PC

WIA

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KickSat Sprites set for launch

Friday 14th March 2014

Zac Manchester KD2BHC has released this update on KickSat which will carry 104 tiny Sprite satellites into a 325×315 km 51.5 degree inclination orbit.

The launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS 3 mission is planned for March 30.

We’re almost there! The launch is on for Sunday, March 30 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
You can watch the launch live on NASA TV, which will also be streaming online on Ustream (Zac may be interviewed prior to launch).

Here’s a rough sequence of events:

- Falcon 9 launch (0:00)
- Falcon 9 upper stage separation (+0:03)
- Dragon capsule separation +0:10)
- KickSat deployment from Falcon 9 upper stage (+0:16)
- KickSat powers on and begins transmitting telemetry (+1:06)
- Sprite deployment (+16 days and 16 minutes after launch)

The Sprites will be deployed by a timer exactly 16 days after KickSat is deployed from the launch vehicle. The timing was arranged with NASA to avoid interference with ISS operations.

Once KickSat turns on its radio, you should be able to pick it up with very basic Ham radio gear. It will be transmitting telemetry packets in AX.25 format on 437.505 MHz with 1200 baud AFSK modulation. I’ll post KickSat’s orbital elements here and on the project wiki, which will also have more information on setting up a receiving station. As always, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Thanks for your support!

Zac Manchester KD2BHC

Each Sprite has a microcontroller, radio, and solar cells and is capable of carrying single-chip sensors, such as thermometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes, and accelerometers.

All the Sprites satellites operate on a single frequency of 437.240 MHz and use Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA). The transmitter runs 10 mW output of Minimum Shift Keying (MSK) modulated binary data with each data bit modulated as a 511 bit Pseudo-Random Number (PRN) sequence. The ITU emission designator is 50K0G1D. The KickSat CubeSat has downlinks on 437.505 MHz and 2401-2436.2 MHz.

TV coverage of launch
http://www.ustream.tv/nasaedge

Mass Launch of 437 MHz Satellites
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/03/03/mass-launch-of-437-mhz-satellites/

KickSat Sprite Ground Station by Andy Thomas G0SFJ
http://kicksat.wordpress.com/support/kicksat-ground-station/

British Interplanetary Society: Sprite Technical Summary
http://www.bis-space.com/2013/03/09/9301/kicksat-technical-summary

KickSat on KickStarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zacinaction/kicksat-your-personal-spacecraft-in-space/

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HamCom-270

Friday 14th March 2014

We would like to introduce the HamCom-270

Our product is a Bluetooth Light weight Low Earth Orbiting satellite tracking system.

The aim of our product is to introduce ham radio operators or short wave listeners (SWL) to working 2m/70cm satellites. The unit is 1 Deg accurate on its elevation and less then 2.5 Deg accurate on azimuth.

There are also matching antennas to go with the unit and with the recent launch of the Fun Cube A0-73, or even listening or communicating with the ISS, the system will work with most software HRD, Obitron, Simple Sat, PSTRotator etc and most software as it has the GS-232 protocol built in.

Full details can be found on our website www.hammicro.com.
We hope you enjoy our system.

Many thanks,

W.Brice
(CEO Hammicro).

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AmateurLogic.TV 64: Vegemite or Die

Thursday 13th March 2014

Peter sends Tommy and George some Australian treats. See how they react to Vegemite.

George has an introduction into cheaply receiving and decoding digital signals. Peter brings us the Making of AmateurLogic Downunder. Tommy builds an Arduino Heads-Up display for use with rigs that have Cat ports and more.

1:16:45 recorded live before an Internet audience.

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New Ham Radio Satellite Telemetry Apps

Thursday 13th March 2014

Mike Rupprecht DK3WN has released four new amateur radio satellite telemetry decoders Apps

They are for these satellites:

LitSat-1, 145.845 MHz, 9k6 FSK, beacon, KISS file
LituanicaSat-1, 437.550 MHz, 9k6 FSK, KISS file
STARS-2, 437.245 MHz, CW as text
TeikyoSat-3, 437.450 MHz, CW as text

The download page in Google English is at
http://tinyurl.com/SatSoftwareDK3WN/

In German http://www.dk3wn.info/software.shtml

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

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Ham radio satellite operation from Isle of Lewis

Thursday 13th March 2014

Camb-Hams will be operating on the amateur radio satellites using the call sign GS3PYE/P from the Isle of Lewis (IO68UL, EU-010) on April 26 to May 3, 2014

The Camb-Hams have been activating the Scottish Isles each year since 2008 and will be travelling to the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Outer Hebrides in 2014. Thirteen operators will be active on all bands and many modes from 4m to 80m, 2m & 70cm for Satellites and 2m & 23cm for EME.

The HF bands will be covered by five simultaneous stations, while the 6m & 4m stations will have a great take-off towards the UK and Europe from the island’s northern tip in IO68 square. 2m and 23cm EME will be available with a portable low-ERP Yagi system, mainly focussed on JT modes. 2m and 70cm will be available for portable satellite operations.

Contest operations will take place in the RSGB 70MHz UKAC on April 29.

The group will be active on the major social networks before, during and after the trip. You can check on progress or interact with the operators via their blog at dx.camb-hams.com or through Twitter, Facebook and YouTube [links below]. Previous trips have generated some great audio and video recordings of the GS3PYE/P signal from around the world.

Please email skeds-2014@camb-hams.com to arrange skeds on the more challenging bands and modes. VHF and EME skeds will also be made via ON4KST and N0UK’s EME Chat.

The Camb-Hams were formed in early 2006 as the social and public-facing side of the Cambridgeshire Repeater Group (CRG), which was formed out of the PyeTelecommunications Radio Club.

The Camb-Hams are made up of people from many of, but not exclusively, the various Cambridgeshire radio groups including CUWS (Cambridge University Wireless Society), CDARC (Cambridge and District Amateur Radio Club) and Cambridgeshire RAYNET. It provides a common forum for us all to work together and has been very successful in increasing the activity in the Cambridgeshire area.

We meet on-air via the CRG’s VHF and UHF FM Voice repeaters, and at regular monthly Pye and Pint nights. Our contesting side, using the CRG callsigns G3PYE & G6PYE, aims to provide an opportunity for non-contest operators to have a go, whilst putting a concerted effort into entering a particular contest.

Camb-Hams frequently travel and have ‘DXpeditioned’ to the Scottish Isles of Mull, Harris, Monachs, Arran, Lunga, Staffa and Iona, as well as organising social trips to many of the major European rallies. Since 2010, the Camb-Hams have been active and increasingly successful in the RSGB UKAC, Field Day and AFS contests.

Web http://dx.camb-hams.com/
Twitter http://twitter.com/g3pye
Facebook http://facebook.com/CambHams
YouTube http://youtube.com/CambHams

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UK Spectrum Strategy released

Wednesday 12th March 2014

The UK government's new Spectrum Strategy sets out how they plan to meet the increasing demands for the use of spectrum over the next decade and double spectrum's contribution to the UK economy

Read the policy paper at
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/
attachment_data/file/287994/UK_Spectrum_Strategy_FINAL.pdf


Making 500 MHz of spectrum available - update
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/
attachment_data/file/287992/PSSRP_update_5_March_2014_Final.pdf


Spectrum Strategy
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/spectrum-strategy

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Amateur Radio demonstration station on-the-air for National Science Week

Wednesday 12th March 2014

Members of Worcester Radio Amateur Association will be putting on a demonstration station under the callsign GB1STB for National Science Week, on Monday and Tuesday March 17/18.

This will be located at St Barnabas Primary School, Worcester, for years 5 and 6 to go on the air and understand communication, learn morse, and basic elements of propagation.

We look forward to working many stations on HF, and please give us a call. Station details will be on QRZ.com

73 Max White M0VNG
M0VNG@arrl.net

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GB1PER ready for take-off

Wednesday 12th March 2014

Members of Worcester Radio Amateur Association will be activating callsign GB1PER for the annual Airfields on the Air on March 29/30.

This will be located in the grounds of the former RAF Perdiswell north of the city, which is where the Kings Flight was based during the war, and the location of the world's first municipal aerodrome.

The station will be on HF, with details on QRZ.com

73
Max White M0VNG

M0VNG@arrl.net

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IOTA chasers - AS-132

Wednesday 12th March 2014

From the Russian language RRC reflector and translated by Will, WC6DX:

Today, Vlad R3HD and Slava UA3DK will depart Hanoi and operate as 3W1D and 3W4DK on AS-132 until the end of March.

The reflector didn't specify the name of the island, but did mention the WFF reference 3WFF-007, which is Cat Ba island.

They plan to operate 5-28 MHz with the possibility of adding 80m and 160m later on.

QSL 3W1D via SP5PB
The mgr for 3W4DK is yet to be determined.
[WC6DX]

Added Notes:
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 10:57:07 PM, you wrote:
> I'm told the AS-132 activity is between March 13-19.
> 73 Col MM0NDX

Vlad and Slava have tickets on March 20, but are trying to change it to the end of March.

Best regards,

Victor R6AF

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 12th March 2014

Island activities:

AF-016; FR; Reunion Island:
Guy/F5MNW will be active from Reunion Island (WLOTA 1812) from March 16 to April 8. QRV solely in CW as FR/F5MNW. QSL via h/c (d/B).

AF-016; FR; Reunion Island:
On the air right now from Reunion is George/OK2KG. He stays until March 15, operating holiday-style as FR/OK2KG on 40-10m in CW and SSB. QSL via OK2KG (d/B), log is online at ClubLog.

EU-013; GJ/MJ; Jersey:
Kazu/M0CFW will be joining the Russian DX contest and the BARTG RTTY Contest as MJ5Z from St. Brelade (WLOTA 0033, WW Loc. IN89ve). QRV before and after those as MJ0CFW. QSL via M0CFW, LotW.

NA-034; W4; Florida State Centre West (Pasco to Sarasota County)
group:
Louis/W0FK returns to Longboat Island from March 15 to April 1 and operates again as W0FK/4. QSL via LotW and W0FK (d/B). Bureau cards may be requested via email.NA-016 ZF; Cayman Islands:
Hugh/W4VAB is going to pay Grand Cayman Island a visit with his family. He hopes to get on the air holiday-style from the 15th to the 22nd as ZF2MT; QRV with 100W and a Buddipole in CW and PSK31.
QSL via LoTW, eQSL.

NA-189; XE1; Nayarit/ Jalisco State group:
A group consisting of Alejandro/XE1FAS, Benjamin/XE2AU, Juan Manue/ XE2AI, Ismael/XE1AY, Jorge/XE2AMS, Juan/XE2AY, David/XE1REW, Gustavo/XE1KKK, and Enrique/XE2AA are going to activate Cocinas Island as XF1T. QRV March 14 to 17. QSL via IT9EJW, OQRS via ClubLog.

OC-204; YB4; Enggano Island:
Imam/YB4IR intends to activate Enggano from the 12th to the 18th as YB4IR/p. QRV on 40-10m, QSL via LoTW and YB4IR (d/B).

SA-036; P4; Aruba:
Aki/JR3QFB and Take/JS6RRR plan to get on the air holiday-style from Aruba (WLOTA 0033) as P40JH and P40R. QSL via homecalls.

SA-099; PJ2; Curacao Island:
Andy/DK5ON will be active from Curacao (WLOTA 0942) as PJ2/DK5ON. QRV March 12 to 29 on 80-6m in SSB, CW, RTTY, and PSK. QSL via h/c (d/B).
http://www.dk5on.de

Panamanian Islands Tour:
Simone (HP2/IK5RUN) and Danio (HP2/I5OYY) are going to visit the San Blas Archipelago (NA-170) and the Colon-Veraguas group (NA-202) as guests on the catamaran Cush. The whole trip takes place between March and April 2. QRV on 80-6m in CW, SSB, and RTTY. 
QSL HP2/IK5RUN via h/c (d), HP2/I5OYY via homecall (d/B) and LotW.
http://www.ik5run.it/hp2.html
 

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

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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XABEN balloon launch postponed

Wednesday 12th March 2014

Steve G8KHW had planned to launch five balloons XABEN64-68 carrying 434 MHz payloads from Elsworth on Wednesday, March 12 but he reports that the permit for them has not arrived in time

Technically the flights need a permit despite being 100g balloons as they are on a line rather than mounted in the neck.

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

You can listen to the signals from balloon online using the Southampton University Wireless Society (SUWS) 434 MHz WebSDR located near Basingstoke (51.294N, 1.131W), see
http://amsat-uk.org/2013/12/28/websdr-for-434-and-1296-mhz/

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434 MHz balloons to launch Wednesday

Tuesday 11th March 2014

Steve G8KHW plans to launch five balloons XABEN64-68 carrying 434 MHz payloads from from Elsworth on Wednesday, March 12

The balloons may have a range of 200-500 km so should be receivable over much of the UK.

Steve says: The plan is to launch 5 identical payloads on 5 identical 100g balloons as near identically filled as I can manage in order to see the sort of spread of burst altitudes. The balloons will be launched as quick as I can fill them and launch them - so its likely that all 5 balloons will be in the air at the same time.

With all those flights I'm going to need some help tracking them - so lots of listeners would be appreciated.

Callsigns and Frequencies to follow on the UKHAS Mailing List - but all will be on 434 MHz with standard 50 Baud 470Hz 7N1 RTTY.

On the same day there should launch from Westcott, Buckinghamshire on Wednesday at 12.00 Callsign: BALYOLO Frequency 434.500 MHz.

Dave Akerman M6RPI/M0RPI says he's planning up to three launches over the next few days:
- Wednesday or (more likely) Thursday - he'll be launching a regular payload up-burst-down, probably with 2 trackers.
- Saturday (if predictions improve) - Matthew Beckett will be launching his latest NORB flight
- Sunday (if not HABbed out) hr'll probably try a 100g latex floater

All will be launched from the field behind Dave's new house just north of Ross-On-Wye, so receivers in the west of England will be particularly welcome. No SSDV on any of these just 50 baud RTTY telemetry.

Check the IRC channel for chat about the launch on irc.freenode.net #highaltitude
A web client is available at
http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=highaltitude

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

Listen to the balloons online using the Southampton University Wireless Society (SUWS) 434 MHz WebSDR
http://amsat-uk.org/2013/12/28/websdr-for-434-and-1296-mhz/

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

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

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EsSence App for Sporadic E

Monday 10th March 2014

The Android app 'EsSense', which was launched in December, has been received well by the VHF community

Since then several hundred European operators have downloaded the app; they are using it to literally "stay tuned" at all times and greatly enhance their DX power. Many thanks to all users for their useful feedback - this was a great help to fix bugs and further improve the app.

Now that EsSense has reached a mature level it's time to expand the functionality to other regions: The latest version (0.10) now also supports North and South America, Middle East and Africa! (East-Asia, Oceania, Australia coming soon).

EsSense can be downloaded for free from the Google Play store at:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.gooddx.essense

Good DX!

73,
Allard PE1NWL

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 10th March 2014

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 2nd-March, through Sunday, 9th-March, there were 235 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3C0, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y,

A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY,

K, KG4, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, S5, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,

V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9X, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS, ZS8

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

OPDX

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 10th March 2014

Island activities:

AF-019. (Update/Need Ops!) An international team of operators will be active as IG9Y from Lampedusa Island during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) and CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-Multi entry. Operators mentioned currently are Gabor/HA1YA, Marco/HB9OCR, Aurelio/PC5A, Peter/PD1RP, Mark/PA5MW, Marco/PE2MC, Miran/S50O, Silvo/S50X, Hubert/S51NZ, Romeo/S52RU, Renato/S57UN and Slavc/S57DX.
They are still looking for operators. Activity outside the contest will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, and RTTY, with four stations on the air. QSL via ON4LG. An OQRS will be available for direct and Bureau cards. Visit their Web page at: http://ig9y.com
ADDED NOTE: IG9Y is a lone African Entity that counts in the CQDX Marathon!!!

AF-109. The "DX-World.net" is reporting that a team from the ERASD
(The Egyptian Radio Amateurs Society For Development) will once again activate Nelson's Island between June 13-20th.
Callsign mentioned is SU8N. Look for more info to be forthcoming.
Also, watch the ERASD's Web page at:
http://www.qsl.net/egyptham
Also, watch:
https://www.facebook.com/events/441478712566533

AS-134. Operators Zhang/BA3AX and Lu/BD3AEO will be active as B3/BA3AX and B3/BD3AEO, respectively from Yuetuo Island between March 21-24th. Activity will be on 20/17/15 meters using CW, SSB,
RTTY and PSK. QSL via BA3AX, by the Bureau, direct and LoTW.
The QSL information can be found on QRZ.com.

NA-092. Members of the "Project X Contest Team" will be activating
Mustang Island (USI TX-011S, Nueces County, Texas) as N5T between April 5-6th, and during the "Texas State Parks on the Air". The "Project X Contest Team" does have a Twitter and Web page at:
http://www.mustangislandontheair.com
htpp://twitter.com/@mustangisland1
ADDED NOTES: Also look for the "Project X Contest Team" to be in the CQ WPX SSB Contest from Cullinan Park Sugar Land, Texas, March 28-30th. QSL direct via the address on QRZ.com.
Logs uploaded to LoTW after the event.

NA-189. (Update) Operators Benjamín/XE2AU, Juán Manue/XE2AI, Ismael/XE1AY, Jorge/XE2AMS, Juán/XE2AY, David/XE1REW, Gustavo/XE1KKK and Enrique/XE2AA will be active as XF1T from Cocinas Island, in front of Punta Perula, Jalisco (GRID DK79tc), between March
14-17th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. Focus will be on the IOTA frequencies. There will also be Satellite and 6m operations. QSL via IT9EJW. An OQRS and log search will be available on ClubLog after the DXpedition.
 

Compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW OPDX

RSGB IOTA website

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

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ISS HamTV success

Sunday 9th March 2014

On Saturday, March 8 test transmissions were made on 2422.0 MHz using the HamTV equipment on the International Space Station (ISS)

The video was successfully received and was web streamed to a global audience via the Britsh Amateur Television Club (BATC) server at http://batc.tv/ch_live.php?ch=4

There were four live web streams each from different receivers.

Watch HamTV Commissioning received from IK1SLD Telebridge Station Casale Monferrato (ITALY)

The HamTV transmitter is the culmination of over ten years work by dedicated volunteers to establish an amateur radio TV transmitter on the ISS. It uses patch antennas fixed on the Meteorite Debris Panels (MDP) protecting the hull of the ISS Columbus module. These antennas were installed while the Columbus module was being constructed.

A fund-raising campaign took place during 2005-7 to raise over 65,000 Euros for the antennas. Individual radio amateurs from around the world donated generously as did several organisations including AMSAT-UK and the RSGB.

The main mission of HamTV is to perform contacts between the astronauts on the ISS and school students, not only by voice as now, but also by unidirectional video from the ISS to the ground.

HamVideo is the name of the onboard DATV S-band transmitter. HamTV is the name of the complete system, comprising DATV downlink and VHF voice uplink. Kaiser Italia SRL was the prime-contractor for the design and development of the flight and ground segment http://www.kayser.it/index.php/exploration-2/ham-tv

Read the HamTV overview by Gaston Bertels ON4WF
http://tinyurl.com/HamTVoverview

Join the ISS HamTV Yahoo Group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HamTV

Webstream of the TV transmissions
http://batc.tv/ch_live.php?ch=4

ARISS-EU HamTV Bulletins
http://www.ariss-eu.org/

HamTV on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/Hamtvproject

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New DVB-S2X Digital TV Standard

Sunday 9th March 2014

The Digital TV DVB-S2 specification has became a 2-part document to accommodate the new DVB-S2 Extensions (DVB-S2X)

The new standard could be used for Ultra High Definition TV UHDTV-1 (e.g. 4k) television services using HEVC encoding.

The S2X system offers the ability to operate with very-low carrier-to-noise and carrier-to-interference ratios VL-SNR (SNR down to -10 dB), to serve markets such as airborne (business jets), maritime, civil aviation internet access,

Download the new standard from
http://www.dvb.org/standards/dvb-s2x

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Ham Radio Beacon and Repeater renewal 2014-2017

Saturday 8th March 2014

The UK communications regulator Ofcom has announced that the Licence Variations authorising the establishment and use of beacons and repeaters respectively are due to expire at the end of March 2014

Ofcom has published on their website a notice that explains the options for beacon and repeater keepers. Ofcom will also be writing to all licensees who hold one of these variations to invite them to renew it until March 2017.

They note that if a beacon or repeater is not used (or has never been put into operation) and if its assignment is preventing them from authorising another station, then Ofcom may further vary the licence to withdraw the facility, to enable them to assign the frequency to the new applicant.

Read the Ofcom Beacon and Repeater notice at
http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/radiocommunication-licences/
amateur-radio/licensing-updates/beacon-repeater-variations

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'Travel' to Space for £40 / $70

Saturday 8th March 2014

Researchers from the Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey have launched a unique campaign that will enable the public to 'travel' to space for the cost of a pair of trainers !

Virtual Ride to Space will use cutting-edge virtual technology and a specially designed spacecraft to deliver a three-dimensional, immersive experience, allowing everyone to see what astronauts experience on an ascent to space.

The experience will be created by capturing HD footage of space, via a weather balloon which will carry a cluster of twenty-four HD video cameras to a height of 20km - twice the height of a commercial airplane. During ascent these cameras will capture panoramic footage of the balloon’s journey to space.

VR2Space Payload Module

Following the flight, specialised software will stitch this footage together to recreate a panoramic view of the space trip. The subsequent space ride will then be viewed using Oculus Rift, a state-of-the-art virtual reality, head-mounted display. The system is designed to deliver high definition 3D virtual environments that can be explored by the wearer, as if they are in space themselves.

The £30,000 project will be funded by public contributions through the crowd-sourcing funding platform, Kickstarter.

“Only 530 people have ever travelled to space. For most of us it’s a distant and very expensive dream but this project is about enabling the remaining 99.999992% to see the world like never before,” said lead researcher Dr Aaron Knoll from the University of Surrey.

“Ride to Space will give all aspiring astronauts the chance to be a virtual passenger, riding the balloon to space, and unlike other Galactic flights, it won’t cost the earth to be on board!”

The project team are also developing a smartphone application that will allow users to experience the journey using the phones’ built-in gyroscope and accelerometer data, as well as a computer programme that will allow users to experience space via their PCs.

Investment for Virtual Ride to Space is being sought via Kickstarter. Please visit the Virtual Ride to Space page for more information.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1592839372/
virtual-ride-to-space-using-the-oculus-rift


Channel 5 Gadget Show
http://gadgetshow.channel5.com/gadget-show/gadget-news/
travel-to-space-with-the-oculus-rift


Facebook https://www.facebook.com/VR2Space

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Pi Slow Scan TV wins 'Make' contest

Saturday 8th March 2014

The Raspberry Pi contest, sponsored by Make, attracted nearly 40 projects. The panel of judges were impressed by the range and quality of the entrants and while the competition was close, one project rose to the top: Gerrit Polder’s Slow Scan TeleVision (SSTV) Camera.

The Raspberry Pi with the PiCam is used as a wireless camera which can transmit images over long distances, usually tenths of kilometers. Images will be transmitted by amateur radio (ham-radio) using slow scan television (SSTV) on the 2 meter band (144.5 MHz).

Since the Pi can generate the HF FM signal itself, no additional electronics are needed for low power transmissions. For a little bit more power a one or two transistor amplifier will be suitable. Furthermore a low pass filter is recommended to filter out higher harmonics of the signal.

This project also contains a Python script which detects movement. Using this script, the Raspberry Pi can be used as a wireless security cam at distances far outside the range of normal WiFi networks.

http://makezine.com/2014/03/05/and-the-winner-is-2/

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Salvation Army puts new EDS Satern station 'on the air'

Saturday 8th March 2014

The Salvation Army has announced that the FCC recently approved a new call sign for a newly crated SATERN station located in the Salvation Army's Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi (ALM) Division's Emergency Disaster Services center.

SATERN, which is an acronym for Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network, is the volunteer amateur radio communications arm of the Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services (EDS).

The new station call-sign WB5ALM signifies, William Booth 5 Alabama Louisiana Mississippi (William Booth was the founder of the Salvation Army). WB5ALM was activated for the first time on March 5th during a check-in to the International SATERN Net on 20 meter phone.

The new call sign will be used for operations at the EDS center and for mobile operations from the Southern Territorial Communications Trailer and the SATERN Coordinators vehicle.

Nearly a years work went into the development of the SATERN station, which is said to be a "State of the Art" facility. The station is capable of being operated 100 percent via the internet.

Ken Standard, AD5XJ, SATERN Net Manager for the Southern Territory said, “The goal is to allow for a select group of qualified, trained Net Control Operators to operate a state-of-the art SATERN station that is centrally located within the ALM Division and the Southern Territory from their home location anywhere in the Territory.”

Southern Territorial SATERN Coordinator Bill Feist – WB8BZH, commented, “This new station will make it easier to recruit SATERN operators to operate the station during a disaster or emergency by reducing the need for them to be physically present at the EDS Center.”

John-N7UR
Nevada Amateur Radio Newswire

Original story at Nevada Amateur Radio Newswire
http://www.nevadahamradio.com/

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Ham Video now installed and ready for commissioning

Friday 7th March 2014

The Ham Video transmitter has been installed in the Columbus module of the International Space Station March 6, 2014 at approximately 10.00 UTC.

The transmitter was powered on briefly and all control LEDs were nominal. Ham Video is declared ready for Commissioning.

The first Commissioning step is planned March 8, 2014. Using call sign OR4ISS, crew will power on the Ham Video transmitter in configuration 1:

- ARISS antenna 41
- Frequency 2.422 GHz
- Symbol rate 1.3 Ms/s

The transmission will start shortly before the pass of the ISS over Western Europe at approximately 13.27 UTC.

Acquisition of signal (AOS) at Matera ground station in south Italy will be at approximately 13.29 UTC.

Matera will receive the Ham Video signals with 3 different receivers.
The output of each receiver will be web streamed over BATC channels ISS1, ISS2 and ISS3.

The ARISS ground station IK1SLD, located in Northern Italy, will also receive the Ham Video signals and stream the video over BATC channel ISS4.

The BATC server is available at http://www.batc.tv/

On BATC you can do the following:

- select ISS
- click on one of the ISS channels
- click on Multi screen selector
- select the channels you wish to watch
- click on Watch.

When multiscreen appears, volume is turned down by default. Turn the volume up using the volume control slider below the image.

During the pass, different configurations will be tested with ARISS antenna 41. After the pass, the Ham Video transmitter will stay powered on in configuration 1 (see above) till the following Commissioning step, which is planned Sunday March 9, 2014 at approximately 12.40 UTC.

For about 24 hours, the DATV signal will be transmitted permanently, but the camera will be powered off. The reason is, that the camera is battery powered and no provisions are made for frequent battery replacement. This mode is called "blank" transmission.

Sunday March 9, the transmission will start shortly before the pass of the ISS over Western Europe at approximately 12.39 UTC.

During Commissioning step 2, different configurations will again be tested, this time with ARISS antenna 43. The Matera ground station and IK1SLD will stream the video over the BATC server.

The plan is to resume blank transmission immediately after the pass over Matera and to continue permanent transmission for one week, till Sunday March 16, 2014. The frequency will remain 2.422 GHz, but antenna ARISS 43 will be used.

Reports on reception of blank transmissions are very welcome.
Reports can be filed via this webpage:
http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_FSTV/submit.php

Participants using the Tutioune receiving software, developed by Jean Pierre Courjaud F6DZP, can record as well as stream detailed parameters of the received signal. Please see: http://www.vivadatv.org/

Thank you for your participation

73,

Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
ARISS Europe chairman

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Transatlantic 29 kHz VLF transmission

Friday 7th March 2014

In his blog Roger Lapthorn G3XBM reports that both the 29.499 kHz Transatlantic transmissions have been heard in the UK

Roger writes:

In recent weeks a number of amateur tests have been running from the USA to Europe around 74kHz and at 29.499kHz using several hundred watts to large antennas. 74kHz has been well copied, but the surprise is 29.499kHz with SWL Paul Nicholson and Marcus DF6NM, and others, copying the test signals, for example, at over 15dB S/N in 424uHz bandwidth. As far as I know, these 29.499kHz VLF signals are the first amateur VLF ones to span the Atlantic - fantastic results by well equipped stations using suitable RXs and good software.

The ARRL report:

Bob Raide, W2ZM, was transmitting on 29.499 kHz under a Part 5 Experimental license, WH2XBA/1. His very slow-speed (QRSS) CW signal was initially detected in the UK just before 0000 UTC on March 3 by Paul Nicholson, an SWL, and later by Mike Dennison, G3XDV, and Markus Vester, DK6NM, in Germany. Nicholson also copied a 29.501 kHz transmission from Dex McIntyre, W4DEX, in North Carolina, operating as WH2XBA/4.

His transmitter has a 3CX3000A7 tube in the final, running grounded grid and generating 800 W. The effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP), however, was estimated to be approximately 1 mW. To operate on 10,000 meters, Raide has a 90 foot vertical antenna using a reconfigured Zepp, fed via a huge loading coil that is 4 feet tall, more than 1 foot across and comprised of some 2000 feet of #14 wire. He employs a few thousand feet of “chicken wire” for his radial system.

The transmission consisted of “XBA” sent at a rate of 120 seconds (2 minutes) per dot and 360 seconds (6 minutes) per dash of CW. In the UK Nicholson copied the signal on software using a PC sound card with a preamplifier ahead of it. His antenna is a pair of orthogonal loops, each 20 meters square, at ground level, transformer coupled to the preamplifier.

Read the full ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/
hams-experimental-vlf-signals-heard-in-the-uk-europe


Spectrogram of the 29.499 kHz VLF signal
http://abelian.org/vlf/sg29499.shtml

Paul Nicholson VLF website
http://abelian.org/

Roger Lapthorn G3XBM Blog
http://g3xbm-qrp.blogspot.com/

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Maplin put up for sale by private equity owner

Thursday 6th March 2014

High street electronics retailer Maplin has been put up for sale with a price tag of up to £200m.

Its owner Montagu Private Equity is understood to have hired accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers to handle the sale, which comes after a number of potential bidders approached the buyout firm to snap up the 214-strong chain.

It is thought the business could fetch between £100m and £200m.

Read the full Guardian story at:
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/mar/02/
maplin-sale-private-equity

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The UK Hub

Thursday 6th March 2014

What is the UK Hub?
The UK Hub is a network of simplex links and repeaters linked together by AllStar and Echolink.

What is it for?
Its purpose is to increase activity on links and repeaters that are quiet and to create new friends and build international bridges between different countries

Can anyone join?
Yes. There are a few options available:
1. Full time member: Become a full time member of the network and leave your link permanently connected at all times, this does not mean you cannot connect to other nodes while connected to the UK HUB, but we would ask you do not connect multiple linked systems or reflectors.
2. Part time member: Leave your node connected on a part time basis and please follow the rules of courtesy to other members.
3. Adhoc member: You come and go as you please, but agree to abide by the rules of courtesy to other members.

Rules of courtesy to other members
1. Please ensure you leave a full 4 second gap between over's, this is to allow repeaters and simplex nodes to dekey.
2. Please do not use Full Duplex for more than 3 minutes as nodes and repeaters in the system will time out.
3. If you want to have a long conversation with someone using full duplex, you are welcome to stay but please respect rule #2 and if appropriate, leave the network and come back when you're finished.
4. The network is for everyone, so please welcome any break stations or newcomers and afford them every courtesy.
5. ENJOY THE NETWORK!!!!

Current membership is relatively small, we have 3 American repeaters on the east coast and approximately 4 nodes connected permanently to the network.

About the UK HUB System
The HUB is primarily an AllStar Node with Echolink capability.
It uses a HP MicroServer N40L which is a 1.5GHz dual core Turion processor with 2GB RAM, this currently runs at between 10% - 18% of used resources.
The node has a 38MBps connection which is unlimited. This is done by ADSL to a fibre connection point at the end of the street, which effectively brings the DTE within 300 metres of the server location.

So How do I Connect
If you have Allstar I would encourage you to use this over Echolink as the codec is better and it keeps the echolink connections free for Echolink only simplex nodes.

AllStar 27066

Echolink 935966

Questions - How Do I get into AllStar?
Please contact me, M0NCZ my details are on QRZ.
There is nothing like being connected all over the world via your handheld

Kind Regards

Neikolas Czernuszka M0NCZ

AllStar UK HUB node 27066
Echolink UK HUB 935966 (M0NCZ-L)

Tel: +44(0)7919 048347

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News Flash: Galileo closes down 23cm ATV Repeater DB0QI

Wednesday 5th March 2014

The new Galileo GPS system that broadcasts 1260-1300 MHz has resulted in the closure of a German ATV repeater

The DARC report the Munich ATV repeater DB0QI has been closed down due to it jamming the Galileo Satnav Control Centre.

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

A 2005 Galileo GPS article by G3LTF highlighted the problems this system would cause
http://www.southgatearc.org/articles/galileo.htm

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Ukraine Radio Hams launch balloon

Wednesday 5th March 2014

Serge UR5FSV reports on an amateur radio 434.200 MHz balloon launch that will take place Wednesday, March 5

Hereby to inform that will launch small foil balloon on 05-03-2014 09:00 UTC from Odessa, Ukraine

Call ODS-1, flight has been approved thus in the list of DL-FLDIGI

Telemetry tx on 434.200 MHz USB, RTTY 50 boud / 425 shift / ASCII 8 / 1
any listeners within range are much welcome as there is really few around :(

Thnks in advance,
regards,
Serge UR5FSV

Real time tracking of balloons at
http://spacenear.us/tracker/

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

Check the #highaltitude IRC channel for chat about launches
http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=highaltitude

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

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Ham Radio - Having FUN in space

Wednesday 5th March 2014

In this video David Johnson G4DPZ describes the AMSAT-UK FUNcube satellite project

Watch Having FUN in space

FUNcube Power Point Slides
http://funcubetest2.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/
funcube_oct2013fin.ppt


FUNcube Handbook
http://funcubetest2.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/
funcube-handbook-en_v13.pdf


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

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

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

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Ham Radio will play role in simulated Mars mission

Wednesday 5th March 2014

The ARRL report when Ron Williams, N9UIK, and his team of 'astronauts' head to 'Mars' this spring, they’ll be taking Amateur Radio along, just as NASA space travelers have done

Williams is part of Mission 2 (of four) in the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation — HI-SEAS, in which participants will simulate living and working within a Martian outpost — actually a solar-powered dome at a remote site some 8000 feet up on the slopes of Mauna Loa. Conducted by the University of Hawaii and Cornell University, the project has partial funding from NASA.

“I am confident that when we eventually go to Mars, there will be some type of involvement with the Amateur Radio community,” Williams said, noting Amateur Radio’s long-standing role in space missions, including the International Space Station. “We would like to simulate this on this mission.” Part of that will mean integrating a 20 minute signal delay into all communications, whether via Amateur Radio or the Internet.

“This will simulate the distance, when greatest, between Earth and Mars,” explained Williams, a clinical neuropsychologist from Indiana. At 60, he’s the oldest member of the team; the youngest is 26. Williams, is one of two hams on this crew increment. The other is Ross Lockwood, VA6RLW, of Alberta.

“Our proposed outreach simulation to the Amateur Radio community will also involve this signal delay,” Williams continued. “To the best of our knowledge, this will be unique to any Amateur Radio special event ever conducted.” HI-SEAS also was able to obtain the special event call sign K6B for the project for nearly the entire length of the mission, instead of the typical 15 days.

Read the full ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/
ham-radio-will-play-a-role-in-hi-seas-simulated-mars-mission

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RadioShack to close up to 1,100 stores

Wednesday 5th March 2014

RadioShack said Tuesday that it would close up to 1,100 poorly performing stores amid widening losses, or roughly 20% of its locations, as part of an effort to remake itself for a more competitive era of electronic retailing.

The store closings will leave about 4,000 locations in the U.S.
The company has been trying to revamp its stores for the past year.

Yet some analysts say the retailer faces an uphill climb as it struggles to compete against larger big-box stores such as Best Buy.

RadioShack stock (RSH) was down about 15% to $2.31 in afternoon trading

Read the full story:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/markets/2014/03/04/
radio-shack-to-close-stores/6007317/

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 5th March 2014

Island activities:

AN-010; various; South Shetland Island:
Alexander/RX0QM is a member of the 59th Russian Antarctic Expedition and is going to relieve Oleg/RI1ANU around March 10 on Base Bellingshausen. His call, valid until November 26 will be RI59ANT.

AF-014; CT3; Madeira Archipelago:
Rosel/DL3KWR and Hardy/DL3KWF are going to spend yet another holiday on Madeira. QRV from March 6 to April 2 as CT9/homecalls, mainly in CW and digital modes, with a focus on the WARC bands. Request bureau QSLs via <dl3kwf (at) darc.de>.

AS-003; 4S; Sri Lanka Island:
Operators Manfred/DK1BT, Csaba/DH7KU, Tom/DJ6TF, Georg/DK7LX, Wolf/ DL4WK, Sigi/DL7DF, Juergen/DL7UFN, Frank/ DL7UFR, Jan/SP3CYY, and Leszek/SP3DOI are going to put Sri Lanka on the air (WLOTA 0762) from March 10 to 23. QRV with several stations as 4S7DRG, 4S7FRG, and 4S7LXG, with one rig dedicated to RTTY, PSK and SSTV. QSL via LoTW and DL7DF (d/B).
http://www.dl7df.com/4s7/index.php

NA-073; V3; Corozal/ Belize District group:
Jim/NN5O plans to work with a QRP rig from March 1 to 8 as V31AJ from Ambergis Caye. QRV on 40-10m in CW and SSB. QSL via NN5O (d).

NA-100; V2; Antigua and Barbuda:
Christian/DD3CF enjoys a holiday on Antigua until the 12th and operates during his spare time as V235CF on 20-10m in SSB. QSL via DD3CF (d/B).

OC-009; T8; Palau Islands:
David/VK3BY is going to pay a visit to Malakal Island (WW Loc. PJ77fh) from March 8 to 14 and hopes to find some time to operate holiday-style as T88XT in SSB. QSL via VK3BY (d/B).

OC-210; YB8; Sangihe Islands:
As reported in DXNL 1871 Din/YB8RW is now on his trip visiting several Indonesian islands. Right now he his active as YB8RW/p from Marore Island. QSL via YB9BU (d).

Pacific Tour by NL8F:
Tim/NL8F is about to start his Pacific tour. From March 6 to 10 or 11 his first stop will be Fraser Island (OC-142, WLOTA 2976), operating as VK4/NL8F/p. After that he moves to Norfolk Island (OC-005, VKFF-392), QRV from about March 15 to 22 as VK9NF. Finally on his itinerary is Christmas Island (OC-024), where he plans to stay from March 25 to April 2 and operate as T32TM (including the CQ WPX SSB Contest).
From there, his trip home is going to include a visit to the International DX Convention in California. QSL via K8NA.
 

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

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Another tool in the Radio Inspector’s kit

Wednesday 5th March 2014

New Zealand's Radio Spectrum Management say a noted characteristic of interfering radio signals is that they have a lot in common with toothache - when someone is in position to examine the problem, it temporarily disappears.

Advances in computer-controlled receiver technology and in the capability of cellular networks have enabled RSM to successfully trial remote-control of a radiocommunications receiver, enabling detection and measurement of radio signals at a distance.

The Radio Inspector no longer needs to remain in the vicinity of the receiver, which can be set up to record signals or to provide real-time monitoring, with control of all receiver parameters from a distance. This provides new efficiencies, particularly in regard to reduced travel, and the opportunity to investigate radio signals. RSM is looking to extend this ability over time.

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Ofcom’s checklist for consumers considering a new phone or broadband contract

Wednesday 5th March 2014

Ofcom has today published updated advice and information on the factors consumers might want to consider before signing up to a new landline, broadband or mobile phone contract.

In light of Ofcom’s new guidance about rules designed to protect consumers from unexpected price rises , which came into effect on 23 January 2014, information showing different types of contracts and pricing terms offered by a number of major providers is now included.

The guide also sets out the information that consumers should receive from their provider at the point of sale and offers advice on how to complain.

Ofcom’s ‘Checklist when taking out a new phone or broadband contract’ can be found here.

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Launch of two hundred 437MHz satellites

Tuesday 4th March 2014

The largest ever launch of 437 MHz satellites is planned for March 16 at 0841 UT when 200 Sprite satellites will be launched on the SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS 3 mission

They will be deployed into a 325×315 km 51.5 degree inclination orbit. You should be able to watch the launch live on NASA TV at http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv

A Sprite is a tiny, 3.5 by 3.5 cm, single-board spacecraft that was developed by Zac Manchester KD2BHC. It has a microcontroller, radio, and solar cells and is capable of carrying single-chip sensors, such as thermometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes, and accelerometers.

The 200 Sprites are carried in a 3U CubeSat called KickSat. They are stacked atop a spring-loaded pusher and secured by a nichrome burn wire system.

On reaching orbit KickSat will perform a de-tumble maneuver and establish communication with Cornell University’s ground station. After check-out, the spacecraft will be put in a sun-pointing attitude and spun up to maintain that attitude.

A command signal from the ground station will then trigger the deployment and the Sprites will be released as free-flying spacecraft. After deployment, telemetry and sensor measurements from the individual Sprites will be received through Cornell’s ground station in Ithaca, NY, as well as several other amateur ground stations around the world.

Due to the low orbit Sprites will have a short lifetime before they re-enter the atmosphere and burn up. In the best-case scenario the orbital lifetime could be six weeks but realistically it may be considerably shorter depending on atmospheric conditions.

All Sprites operate on a single frequency of 437.240 MHz and use Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA). The transmitter runs 10 mW output of Minimum Shift Keying (MSK) modulated binary data with each data bit modulated as a 511 bit Pseudo-Random Number (PRN) sequence. The ITU emission designator is 50K0G1D.

The KickSat CubeSat has downlinks on 437.505 MHz and 2401-2436.2 MHz.

KickSat Sprite Ground Station by Andy Thomas G0SFJ
http://kicksat.wordpress.com/support/kicksat-ground-station/

British Interplanetary Society: Sprite Technical Summary
http://www.bis-space.com/2013/03/09/9301/kicksat-technical-summary

KickSat project information
http://zacinaction.github.io/kicksat/

KickSat on KickStarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zacinaction/
kicksat-your-personal-spacecraft-in-space/


Check this site for the latest CRS 3 launch date
http://spaceflightnow.com/tracking/

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Southampton University Wireless Society WebSDR

Tuesday 4th March 2014

The Southampton University Wireless Society (SUWS) Web-based software defined radio (SDR) has been used to receive signals from the new amateur radio LitSat-1 satellite

The Lithuanian satellite LitSat-1 was deployed from the ISS on February 28 and the builders of the satellite have been able to use the SUWS WebSDR to receive the satellite when it is out of the range of Lithuania.

Noel G8GTZ, Martin G8JNJ and Phil M0DNY from the Southampton University Wireless Society, set up the WebSDR near Basingstoke in the UK. It currently supports parts of the 10 GHz, 1296 MHz, 432 MHz and 144 MHz bands and can be listened to from anywhere in the world.

The link is: http://websdr.suws.org.uk/

The 434 MHz receive capability is very popular for listening to High Altitude Balloon (HAB) signals.

A couple of notes when using the WebSDR:

- If tracking balloons please set your location in dl-fldigi to somewhere around 51.294, -1.131 so we don’t have any fake receiver lines on the map!

- Connection to the site is over a several km wifi link, so once you’ve found the signal, please switch off your waterfall view (Set to ‘blind’) to save bandwidth for others.

- The waterfall speed will also be automatically limited as the number of users increases.

LitSat-1
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/02/26/litsat-1-with-linear-transponder/

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Decline of Ham Radio in Germany

Tuesday 4th March 2014

The DARC reports the number of German amateur radio licences fell by 2255 (3.2%) in 2013

As of December 31, 2013 there were 68191 amateur radio licences (2012: 70446; 2011: 71659; 2010: 72293) continuing the pattern of steady decline in recent years.

The total including Club Stations, repeaters, beacons and special calls and training calls was 75031 (2012: 77089; 2011: 78109; 2010: 78537).

The number of new people joining the hobby did show a welcome increase in 2013 with 829 receiving an amateur radio certificate as against 724 in 2012. However, this figure falls far short of the number needed to stabilize the amateur population. DARC say the number of exam participants were 909 in 2013 and 804 in 2012.

The educational training callsigns (DN) showed an increase in 2013 with 2711 DN calls issues - 183 more than 2012 (2528). The comparison to 2010 (2126 DN calls) shows a 27.5% increase.

The German DN callsigns are held by amateur radio trainers and are used by unlicenced people operating under the direct control of the trainer. There would appear to be over three times as many trainers as there are new people receiving their amateur radio certificates.

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

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Ham Video Commissioning now scheduled

Monday 3rd March 2014

The Ham Video transmitter, which is stored in the Columbus module of the International Space Station, will be installed March 6, 2014.

The transmitter will be powered on briefly, just the time needed to check that the connection cables to the antenna, to the power supply and to the camera are installed properly. All control LEDs nominal, the transmitter will be considered ready for Commissioning and will be unpowered.

The first Commissioning step is planned March 8, 2014. Using call sign OR4ISS, crew will power on the Ham Video transmitter in configuration 1:
• ARISS antenna 41
• Frequency 2.422 GHz
• Symbol rate 1.3 Ms/s

The transmission will start shortly before the pass of the ISS over the Matera ground station in south Italy at approximately 13.29 UT.

The ground station will stream the video over the BATC server http://www.batc.tv/ Please select Member Streams and ISS.

During the pass, different configurations will be tested with ARISS antenna 41.

After the pass, the Ham Video transmitter will stay powered on in configuration 1 till the following Commissioning step, which is planned Sunday March 9, 2014 at approximately 12.40 UT.

For about 24 hours, the DATV signal will be transmitted permanently, but the camera will be powered off. The reason is, that the camera is battery powered and no provisions are made for frequent battery replacement. This mode is called "blank" transmission.

During Commissioning step 2, different configurations will again be tested, this time with ARISS antenna 43. The Matera ground station will stream the video over the BATC server.

Possibly, blank transmissions will occur in the period between Commissioning step 2 and the following step, which is not yet planned.

We will circulate Ham TV Bulletins to inform on blank transmissions.
Reports on reception of blank transmissions are very welcome.
Reports can be filed via this webpage:
http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_FSTV/submit.php

Participants using the Tutioune receiving software, developed by Jean Pierre Courjaud F6DZP, can record as well as stream detailed parameters of the received signal. Please see:
http://www.vivadatv.org/

Thank you for your participation

73,
Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
ARISS Europe chair

ARISS-EU HamTV bulletins http://www.ariss-eu.org/

HamTV https://www.facebook.com/Hamtvproject

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RSGB: IARU 2014 VHF/UHF/UW Consultation

Monday 3rd March 2014

The RSGB IARU VHF/UHF/Microwaves discussion forum invites feedback on proposals to amend the bandplans

Among the items being discussed are:

- Update to the 144MHz Satellite Allocation to formalise the shared use of 144.000-144.025 by linear amateur satellite transponders (Vienna follow on and already approved in Regions 2 and 3).

- Deletion of FAX frequencies

- IARU ATV Contests Rules/Date: This was also discussed at Vienna. The Dutch Society (Veron) is leading on an updated proposal to modernise the rules in liaison with ourselves and BATC. Our own interests are to introduce modern options for Remote Stations and Rover Stations to help boost activity. There is also a less-certain suggestion around moving its date from its current slot in September.

Join the discussion at
http://forums.thersgb.org/index.php?categories/iaru-matters.17/

Papers:

Fax http://forums.thersgb.org/index.php?attachments/c5-rsgb-fax-pdf.37/

144 MHz Satellite http://forums.thersgb.org/index.php?attachments/
c5-rsgb-144-satellite-pdf.39/


RTTY http://forums.thersgb.org/index.php?attachments/
c5-rsgb-rtty-pdf.38/


VHF Bandplan Updates http://forums.thersgb.org/index.php?attachments/
c5-rsgb-vhf-band-plan-updates-pdf.40/


RSGB IARU 2014 consultation
http://rsgb.org/main/rsgb-consultations/active-consultations/
iaru-2014-consultation/

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February RSGB Board Meeting

Sunday 2nd March 2014

The proceedings of the February RSGB Board meeting have been released

They record that the advice from solicitors was that despite the lack of a signed lease the tenancy on the National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park was secure.

Steve Hartley G0FUW reported on work in hand by the Training and Education Committee (TEC) to introduce Amateur Radio into schools, including delivering the national curriculum through amateur radio.

Proceedings of the RSGB Board meeting held February 15, 2014
https://thersgb.org/membersonly/board/
proceedings-and-reports/02-15-2014-board-proceedings.pdf


Previous RSGB Board proceedings
http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/board-of-directors/
board-proceedings-and-reports/


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


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

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Making what we do relevant

Saturday 1st March 2014

Because we have had Amateur Radio for 100 years does it mean that it should continue?

That is a question being asked, particularly as spectrum hungry users continue to grow.

In defence of Amateur Radio are arguments that it has evolved into a modern technological hobby, is easily assessable and enjoyed by people of all walks of life around the world.

The Wireless Institute of Australia is concerned that missing from the equation is the relevance of Amateur Radio, or even an awareness that it does exist in this technological age.

This is why the WIA has initiated the PR4AmateurRadio Expo in April, to showcase through the clubs or groups of like-minded radio amateurs, to show what we do, how to understand and perhaps join us.

With the right image Amateur Radio can be attractive to more people - but first they need to learn what it offers them and its modern-day relevance.

The PR4AmateurRadio Expo is held during April the 11th and 13th. For more information or to enrol, check out the What's On section of the WIA website.

Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA)
http://www.wia.org.au/

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Saturday 1st March 2014

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 21st-February, through Friday, 28th-February there were 239 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3C0, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y,

A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CE00Y, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY,

K, KG4, KH2, KH6, KH8, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T2, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,

V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/s, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS, ZS8

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

OPDX

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IOTA News from OPDX

Saturday 1st March 2014

Island activities:

AF-019. An international team of operators will be active as IG9Y from Lampedusa Island during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Op entry. Operators mentioned currently are Gabor/HA1YA, Marco/HB9OCR, Aurelio/PC5A, Peter/PD1RP, Mark/PA5MW, Marco/PE2MC, Miran/S50O, Silvo/S50X, Hubert/S51NZ, Romeo/S52RU, Renato/S57UN and Slavc/S57DX. Activity outside the contest will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, and RTTY, with four stations on the air. QSL via ON4LG. An OQRS will be available for direct and Bureau cards. Visit their Web page at: http://ig9y.com

EU-008. Members of the Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club will once again be active as MS0KLR, but this time from the Isle of Canna (IOSA NH01, SCOTIA DI21, WAB NG20), Inner Hebrides, between April 21-25th. Graham, MM0GHM, reports "we have a CW operator with us this year, again we will be active on 5 MHz".  Activity will be on 160-2 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via the Bureau to MM0KLR, direct to MM0GHM. For more information and updates, visit: http://www.klarc.org

EU-010. Members of the Camb-Hams will once again be active as GS3PYE/p, but this time from the Decca cottage, on the Isle of Lewis (IOSA OH01, SCOTIA HI21, WLOTA 1477, Outer Hebrides, between April 26th and May 3rd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using five stations on the air, simultaneously, and all capable of running the legal power limit from five amplifiers. Also, look them on 6m and 4m which has a great take-off to the UK and Europe using the legal power limit. With the success of EME in the past years, the group plans a 2m and 23cm EME station with a focus on 23cm. There will also be 2m/70cm Satellite activity. QSL via M1ACB. For more information and updates, visit:
http://dx.camb-hams.com

EU-092. Operators Steve/G0MTD, Paul/M1PAF, Glyn/M0XUH, Norman/G7MRL and Mark/M0WCR will be active as MS0WRC from Tanera Mor (IOSA SC10, SCOTIA CN32, WAB NB90), Summer Isles, between June 14-21st. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, mainly SSB with some PSK-31, RTTY and CW. QSL via G0MTD, by the Bureau or direct (see QRZ.com). For more details and updates, visit:
http://www.mx0wrc.org/dxpeditions

EU-145. Operators Colin/G3VCQ (CT7ACG), Sharon/M3VCQ and Andy/M0GAV will activate Culatra Island (DIA AI-01, DIP AL-001) in the Algarve Province of Portugal during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). They will use the special callsign CR5CW from 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 LoTW only for this contest callsign. Look for update at: http://www.sheffield-live.co.uk

EU-171. Tom, DL4VM, will once again be active as OZ/DL4VM from the Vendsyssel-Thy/Nordjylland Island (DIA NJ-001) twice during 2014. First operation will be between May 10-24th and the second between August 30th and September 20th. Activity will include operations from Thy National Park (WWFF OZFF-009). Look for him on 80-10 meters, mainly on CW. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

NA-085. Bruce, K5TEN, will be active from Dog Island between April 13-19th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB and possibly RTTY, PSK31 and JT65A. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. NO eQSL or LoTW.

NA-213. Operators Steve/KI4GGJ, Allan/KV4T, Bridget/KS4YT, Robert/AJ4T, Tre/W4CCF, Nicholas/KJ4AVG and Gramlin/KD4QZR will be active from Dauphin Island (USI AL-002S, Mobile County, AL) between June 23-30th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. Look for operators to sign homecall/p. QSL via their home callsigns.

OC-204. (Update/Date Change) Imam, YB4IR, will be active as YB4IR/P from Enggano Island between March 12-18th (not March 23-30th, as first announced). Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL via LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.

Compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW OPDX

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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.

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