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13 Colonies Special Event

Monday 30th June 2014

Once again the annual '13 Colonies Special Event' will take place between 1300z, July 1st and 0400z July 7th.

The theme for 2014 will be "Revolution War Era Colonial Currency".

The certificate is printed on heavy card stock. Stations working one state or, as many as all 13, will be eligible for the certificate. A "Clean Sweep" indicator will be affixed, for those lucky enough to "Q" all 13.

A special endorsement will be attached for stations contacting their sister operation, WM3PEN, in Philadelphia, PA, where independence was declared.

New for 2014, the 13 Colonies have added a second sister event station W3FT from Baltimore, MD, commemorating the writing of our Nation Anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner in 1814". The 13 Colonies certificate will have a Liberty Bell added for a contact with WM3PEN, and a W3FT contact will have a special 15 star 1812 US flag of the period added to the 13 Colonies certificate. They will also offer a special QSL card printed just for this event.

There should be at least two stations from each on the 13 colonies on the air, as well as Super contest stations, multi-operator Club stations and OM and XYL teams.

The U.S. original 13 colonies are CT-DE- GA-MA-MD-NC-NH-NJ-NY-PA-RI-SC-VA. Special events stations mentioned are: K2A (NY), K2B (VA), K2C (RI), K2D (CT), K2E (DE), K2F (MD), K2G (GA), K2H (MA), K2I (NJ), K2J (NC), K2K (NH), K2L (SC), K2M (PA) and WM3PEN.

All HF bands will be in play except the WARC bands and 60 meters.
2 meters and 6 meter simplex are encouraged. All modes of operation should be represented - SSB, CW, RTTY, Digital, and the Satellites.
The mode of operation is up to the individual colony state station.

For more details on the stations, suggested frequencies, QSL info and on how to obtain the special certificate, see:


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LituanicaSAT-1 FM Transponder active

Monday 30th June 2014

The LituanicaSAT-1 team have announced activation of the amateur radio FM transponder

Dear radio amateurs,

I want to notify that finally after a long break (mainly due to ground station maintenance works) we have switched the transponder on again. Duty cycle will depend on battery voltage level. All other telemetry is inactive to save power. We hope the signal should be even better now as the satellite is descending steadily to 300 km and wish you all good QSOs! Next update in 24 hours.

Laurynas Maciulis LY1LM, LY5N

LituanicaSAT-1 will soon re-enter into the Earth atmosphere and burn up, this may occur before July 4.

Frequency are approximately 435.1755 MHz (+/- 10 kHz Doppler shift) for the downlink and 145.950 MHz for the uplink with 67 Hz CTCSS.

The tiny satellite is just 10x10x10 cm with a mass of 1.090 kg yet it has a VGA camera and a 145/435 MHz FM voice transponder, designed and built by Lithuanian radio amateurs.

The prototype of the FM repeater has been operating in the home of its designer Žilvinas Batisa LY3H in Elektrėnai, Lithuania.
Further information at

FM transponder operating techniques

LituanicaSAT-1 CubeSat

Reports should be sent to: ly5n at

LituanicaSAT-1 was built by students from Vilnius University and deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) on February 28, 2014.

There will be a presentation on LituanicaSAT-1 by Gintautas Sulskus at 12pm BST on Saturday, July 26 at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium which takes place at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ. The event is open to all, admittance £10 per day. Further details at

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Maplin Electronics sold

Monday 30th June 2014

Maplin Electronics, retailers of amateur radio and other communications equipment, have been sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

Read the Register story at

Maplin Radio Communications

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 30th June 2014

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 22nd-June, through Sunday, 29-June there were 200 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY,

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

V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

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


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July 432 and Above EME Newsletter

Monday 30th June 2014

The July edition of the free amateur radio 432 MHz and Above EME Newsletter is now available

The newsletter reports that Peter Blair G3LTF received a plaque (made by G8ACE) to commemorate 50 years of EME at a gathering arranged by G4NNS.

The Word and PDF formats the newsletter can be downloaded from

Previous newsletters are at

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 30th June 2014

Island activities:

AS-008. Takeshi "TAKE", JI3DST, will be active as JI3DST/1 from Shikine Island (North Izu Island) between 0600z, July 21st and 2100z, July 28th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters using CW, SSB, FM, RTTY, PSK31 and JT65A. QSL via JI3DST (see for details). ADDED NOTE: In case of heavy rain or other conditions, the operation condition may vary.

EU-008. Members of the West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society [WOSARS] (GM4AGG) will be active as GM4AGG/P from Iona Island (Where Saint Columba first landed in Scotland) in the Inner Hebrides during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL via direct or by the Bureau.

EU-067. Norbert, OM6NM, will be active as SV8/OM6NM from Satorini Island, Greece, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL via OM2FY.

EU-121. Operators Jerry/EI6BT, Dave/EI4BZ and Tim/EI2KA will be active as EJ1C from Clear Island (aka Cape Clear) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/DXpedition entry. QSL via EI2KA.

EU-123. Tom, GM0FGI, will be active from the Isle of Bute (Scottish Islands CL2, WW Loc IO75lr, WAB NS15) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/SSB-Mode/High-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. Visit his Web page at:

EU-171. By the time you read this, operators Bernd/DL2DXA and Joachim/DJ5AA will be active as 5P2X from Agger on the island of Vendsyssel Thy until July 5th. QSL via DL2DXA.

EU-172. Marc, PD7YY, will be active as OZ/PD7YY from Langeland Island (DIA FY-019, WLOTA 0590) between July 19-25th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via PD7YY, by the Bureau or direct. NO eQSL or LoTW.

NA-067. Jon, WB8YJF, will be active as WB8YJF/4 from Ocracoke Island (USI NC001S), NC, between July 20-27th. Activity will be mostly CW then some SSB and RTTY. Possibly 6 meters. He will also be active during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL via his home callsign (see - direct QSLs get a fast reply!

OC-133. By the time you read this, John, 9M6XRO, will be active as 9M6XRO/P from Labuan Island. Activity started June 26th and will end on June 30th. He will be using an IC-7000 with a IC-2KL Linear into a vertical antenna on 40-10 meters, using CW and SSB around the IOTA frequencies, possibly some RTTY also. QSL via Tim, M0URX, by his OQRS, direct, by the Bureau and LoTW. See <> for details.

SA-060. Members of the PARA DX Group will be active as PX8I from Itarana Island between July 23-28th. Operators mentioned are Fernando/PU8WZT, Daniell/PY8DAN, Jaime/PY8FML, Ren/PY8WW and Jose/PY8ZE. Activity will be on 80-10 meters and an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL via PY8WW. For more details and updates, watch:

PLEASE NOTE: Itarana is an island inhabited by fishermen, has no electricity, a true paradise in the Amazon coast. The last operation on the island occurred in 1992 when PT7BI, PY8EA and PY8FLC, operated in December 1992.

Compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW OPDX

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Sweeping cuts to Voice of America shortwave services

Saturday 28th June 2014

The US Broadcasting Board of Governors' proposed shortwave cuts for FY2014 have been approved by Congress.

Cuts will affect many shortwave radio services into Asia and elsewhere:

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BBC Monitoring Caversham Park

Saturday 28th June 2014

The BBC TV show Newsnight broadcast on Thursday, June 26 featured a report on BBC Monitoring at Caversham Park

On the BDXC Yahoo Group Alan Pennington posted that Owen Bennett-Jones' report from Caversham looks at BBCM's relationship with government and why it is carrying out some work for the intelligence services ("customers" of BBCM), particularly now it is funded by UK licence fee payers. Following the report, Newsnight presenter Laura Kuenssberg interviewed James Purnell (BBC Director Strategy & Digital) about the questions raised.

That episode of Newsnight is now available to watch on the web, the BBC Monitoring segment start at 20:27 into the show

Mike Barraclough says there was a recent post on the Imperial War Museum blog on how BBC Monitoring became more open in distributing and drawing attention to its work in World War Two. He notes that he found three other articles on BBCM on the blog.

‘The Ear of Britain’: Openness and the BBC Monitoring Service

Thanks to Alan Pennington, Mike Barraclough and the British DX Club for the information in this item

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Ofcom: Public Consultation on WRC-15

Saturday 28th June 2014

The UK communications regulator Ofcom has started a public consultation on the key issues to be considered at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC)

These conferences are held approximately every four years and take key decisions concerning the identification and international harmonisation of spectrum bands.

Under a Government direction, Ofcom represents the UK at WRCs. The next conference takes place in Geneva from the November 2-27, 2015. It will consider a wide range of issues across a number of sector interests, including mobile broadband, maritime, aeronautical, satellite and science use of spectrum.

Ofcom’s consultation sets out the main issues to be discussed at the conference and the emerging UK position. The document also highlights the engagement process which Ofcom manages in order to allow stakeholders to meet with them and assist in the development of UK positions taken into the WRC.

Ofcom say they are keen to ensure that the development of UK positions for WRCs takes into account the views and concerns of all UK stakeholders. They have set up four separate working groups that are open to all stakeholders who have a relevant interest in international spectrum matters.
- Working Group A Scientific and Regulatory,
- Working Group B Satellite,
- Working Group C Aeronautical, Maritime and Amateur,
- Working Group D Mobile and Mobile Broadband.

The consultation document covers a number of proposals of interest to radio amateurs, among them are:

Agenda Item 1.1 - Additional allocations for Mobile (IMT) services and applications
This proposes 5725-5850 MHz as a candidate band for Wi-Fi. Both the Amateur and Amateur Satellite Services have allocations in 5725-5850 MHz. The segment 5830-5850 MHz is used for weak amateur satellite downlinks, e.g. UNITEC-1 and FITSAT-1, that depend on having a low noise floor. Wi-Fi could render this allocation unusable.

Question 3: Do you agree with Ofcom’s general approach on WRC-15 agenda item 1.1?

Question 10: Do you agree that the 5 350 – 5 470 MHz and 5 725 – 5 925 MHz bands could provide important additional capacity for Wi-Fi and similar systems? If so, and noting the need to protect both earth observation satellites and radar systems, do you agree that sharing solutions should be considered at WRC-15?

Agenda Item 1.4 Amateur service, on a secondary basis, in the 5250–5450 kHz band
Allocate a portion of the 5250-5450 kHz band, globally, to the amateur service. Currently the band 5250 to 5450 kHz is allocated to the fixed and mobile services (not aeronautical) but not to the amateur service.

Norwegian radio amateurs already have an allocation from 5260 kHz to 5410 kHz.

Question 14: Do you have any comments on the potential use by the amateur service in the 5 250 to 5 450 kHz band?

Agenda Item 1.10 - Additional mobile satellite IMT allocations in the 22-26 GHz range
The Amateur and Amateur Satellite Service have a Primary allocation at 24.000-24.050 GHz that needs to be protected.

Question 18: Do you agree that the UK should not support new allocations for the mobile satellite service in 22-26 GHz as they are not justified and that the focus should instead be upon the continued protection of the incumbent services?

Agenda Item 1.18 – Radar for automotive applications in 77.5-78.0 GHz
The Amateur and Amateur Satellite Services have a Primary allocation at 77.500-78.000 GHz.

Question 25: Do you agree that the UK should support a generic radiolocation allocation in the 77.5-78 GHz band, where appropriate technical conditions are established?

Agenda Item 9.1, issue 9.1.8 - Regulatory aspects for nano and pico-satellites

Question 38: Do you agree that no specific measures need to be introduced for nano and pico-satellites and that the current approach to their regulation is sufficient?

8.1 Future WRC Agenda items
This lists several points of interest to the amateur Services which are included in the initial proposals for future agenda items within the CEPT. Discussions within CEPT are at a preliminary stage and no decisions have yet been made.
- Harmonisation of 1800-2000 kHz in Region 1 to align with the Amateur service in Regions 2 and 3
- Allocation of 50-52 MHz to the amateur service and amateur satellite service in Region 1;
- Harmonisation of amateur microwave sub-bands – notably 3400-3410 MHz in Region 1 with Regions 2 and 3

The later point is not explicit as to which aspects of 3400-3410 MHz should be harmonised. Is this harmonisation with regard to just the Amateur Service or does it also encompass the Amateur Satellite Service ? 3400-3410 MHz is an Amateur Satellite Service allocation in ITU Regions 2 and 3.

Question 42: Do you have any comments regarding UK positions for future WRC agenda items?

Question 43: Are there any other possible agenda items you wish to see addressed by future WRCs?

When responding to Ofcom's consultation there is no need to answer every question, just the one(s) of interest to you. Other questions can be left blank or marked No Comment.

The closing date for responses is September 19. 2014.

You can respond online at

Consultation document

WRC-15 consultation Page

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World's tiniest FM transmitter made from Graphene

Thursday 26th  June 2014

Graphene has many talents. And now it can count radio transmission among them.

A team led by James Hone and Kenneth Shepard at Columbia University in New York has demonstrated a device built from a strip of graphene that can transmit FM radio signals. The device, the team says, is the smallest FM transmitter yet made.

Many research groups have built graphene transistors that could be used in future RF circuits such as signal processors. Hone and his colleagues decided to test a different radio application for graphene, by building a moving, vibrating, electromechanical device. The team reckons that such graphene-based nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) could be more compact and easier to integrate onto chips than silicon MEMS and quartz devices, which are used today to pick up and filter RF signals in smartphones and other gadgets.

To build a graphene transmitter, the team suspended a 2-4 micrometer-long strip of graphene above a metal electrode. By applying a voltage to the electrode, they could draw the strip of graphene down. The resulting strain altered the strip's resonant frequency, tuning it up much as you might tighten a guitar string. By altering the voltage on the gate, the team found they could use the graphene device to generate a frequency-modulated electromagnetic signal. In a paper published this week in Nature Nanotechnology, they report the device could transmit radio signals at 100 MHz, right in the center of the FM band.

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Ultra-high definition TV trial

Tuesday 24th June 2014

The BBC Research & Development Blog brings news of the BBC's plans for Ultra-High Definition (UHD) TV

The BBC will trial the distribution of Ultra-High definition programming over both DTT and IP.

BBC R&D is actively working on Ultra-High Definition (UHD) in the various standardisation bodies. The World Cup gives us an ideal opportunity to practically test out some of that work. We set ourselves the goal of demonstrating an end-to-end live UHD broadcast over both a traditional DVB network and an adaptive bitrate delivery approach over IP.

The UHD production will be received in the UK from an H.264/AVC satellite contribution feed. For both DTT and IP we will be using Main Profile HEVC to compress the video to distribution bitrates that can be sustained within a DVB network and a super-fast broadband line. The frame rate being used is 59.94Hz as that is the standard in Brazil.

The DTT trial will be transmitted from Crystal Palace (London), Winter Hill (Manchester) and Black Hill (Glasgow). The transmissions are just starting up now. As are using the same T2 modulation parameters that are used for HD multiplexes the signal can be received on current consumer equipment, I’m not aware of any equipment which can decode the video. Though some existing HD models may tune the service and decode the audio.

The stream will use the latest DVB-DASH profile and is geo-IP locked to the UK only.

Over the coming few weeks the BBC would like to share with you some more technical details of the trial.

Read the full post at

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 23rd June 2014

Island activities:

AS-147. Taka, JA8COE, who was recently active this past week as JA8COE/8 from Yagishiri Island (WLOTA LH2512), will return for the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). He will use a Spiderbeam antenna. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or using the OQRS on ClubLog. He has a Blog page at:

AS-155. Operators Leon/BU2CN, Tang/BM2AAV, Eddie/BV2DD, Evan/BV2KS, Lee/BV2NT, Lee/BX2AB, Koshiro/JA3AQM and Bom/XX9LT will be active from Liuqiu Island between July 25-28th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW and SSB. They will also be in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) signing BV0L and as a Multi-2/Island entry. QSL via BV0L (see

EU-008. Dave, GM4NFI, is planning to be active as GM4NFI/P from Fladda, Inner Hebrides, on the Saturday of the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Mixed-Mode (mostly SSB) entry using 100 watts to a portable dipole. QSL via his home address, direct or by the Bureau. PLEASE NOTE: This operation is VERY much WX dependent as landing is VERY difficult if there is any bad sea condition because he is using a small boat.

EU-036. Arno, DL1CW, will be active as LA/DL1CW/m from Hitra Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ Low-Power entry. QSL via DL1CW.

EU-089. Operators António/CU8AS, Hermann/HB9CRV, Siggi/DL2YHY, Lutz/DL8MLD, Arlindo/CT1EGW (CU8AU), Luis/CT1EEQ (CU8AV), Pedro/CT1EKD and Luis/CT4NH (CU8NH) will be active as CR2V from Flores Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th).
QSL via HB9CRV ( address). Activity outside of the contest will be made using their individual callsigns. QSL via their home callsigns ( address). The operators will be there between July 21-28th.

EU-107. Operators Gil/F4FET and Diego/F4HAU will be active as TM1BIG from Petite Island (DIFM MA055) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/SSB-Mode/Expedition/High-Power/24H entry. QSL via F4FET. Also, look for activity after the contest. Activity will be on 80-10 meters.

EU-119. (Update) Operators Victor/R1NU, Gen/R3BY, Max/RU5D and Ivan/UA6MF will be active as RI1O from Severny Gorodok Arctic settlement on Morzhovets Island (RRA RR-02-08, RDA AR-21, WLOTA L-1070, ARLHS ERU-051 and RLHA RLE-031) between June 22-30th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via R1NU, direct or by the Bureau.

NA-029. Operator Ken, K6LA, will once again operate from Prince Edward Island in eastern Canada using the VY2TT superstation (Grid Square FN76vs, CISA PE-001) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Mixed/24H/High-Power entry. QSL via K6LA direct.

NA-067. Nathan, N4YDU, will once again be active from Ocracoke Island between July 20-27th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW and SSB. Operations will also include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power/Mixed-Mode entry using the callsign W4O. QSL via N4YDU direct only.

NA-213. Remember to look for operators Steve/KI4GGJ, Allan/KV4T, Bridget/KS4YT, Robert/AJ4T, Tre/W4CCF, Nicholas/KJ4AVG and Gramlin/KD4QZR to 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-145. By the time read you this, operators Sisca/YB8RXA, Din/YB8RW, Gatot/YB8SFE, Kadek/YB9BU, Vino/YD8SVX, Marthen/YD8TWV, Poppy/YD8TYC, Fredric/YD8UFD, Bahtiar/YE8XBN, Salim/YE8XII and Alfi/YE8XW will be active as homecall/p from the North Maluku Island until June 26th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via YB9BU.

OC-148. Kadek, YB9BU, will be active as YB9BU/P from Kupang, Timor Island between July 31st and August 5th. This island does not count for the DXCC entity Timor-Leste. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign. For more details about Kupang, Timor Island, see:

OC-294. Operators Cezar/VE3LYC, Craig/VK5CE, Johan/PA3EXX and Bob/KD1CT will attempt to operate from Sandy Islet for 5 days between September 14-21st as VK6ISL (callsign pending). They plan to have two stations on around-the-clock, using CW and SSB, on 40-10 meters. For one of the two stations the Team will employ a solid state 400 watts amp, whereas the second station will use 100 watts. They will bring vertical antennas for 15m, 20m, and a multi-band antenna. The Pilot Station will be Bob, WB2YQH.
Their Web page states, "Sandy Islet represents the last IOTA group of Australia still waiting to be brought on the air for the first time! After multiple rounds of communication during the last almost three years, we are extremely pleased to report that the Department of Parks and Wildlife of Western Australia have agreed to approve a landing and operating permit for the Team. This permit is valid until September 30th, before the start of the Giant Green Turtles hatching season." QSL via VE3LYC (see Web page), direct or by the Bureau. An OQRS will be available at ClubLog. For more details and updates, watch:

SA-072. (Update) Operators Ronaldo/PS8BV, Anselmo/PS8AB and John/PS8PY will be active as ZY8D from Canarias Island between July 25-27th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters using SSB, and an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL via direct to: P.O. BOX 166, Teresina, PI 64001970, Brazil.

Compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW OPDX

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Find LIVE EchoLink nodes worldwide! (no more hunt and peck)

Sunday 22nd June 2014

From the Shack of W2CYK in Wading River, NY

Ever try to find a live EchoLink node in the world and just get frustrated because so many are off or down? Ever wonder what city an EchoLink node is in? Wonder no more!

No more trying, now you can DO! With the latest version of RFinder Android (soon on iPhone) you can get a list of LIVE nodes around the world, and connect to them with one click! The list is updated hourly and refreshed whenever you open the list automatically. Of course we support the full Social functions of RFinder when you connect to a node, including notifying local RFinder users and posting your checkin both locally and local to the machine! Same function coming shortly for AllStar!

RFinder is The World Wide Repeater Directory and is available in Google Play on Android and The App Store on Apple handheld devices.

RFinder is available on the Web or within RT Systems and CHIRP.

More info : or email

RFinder is an annual subscription for $9.99USD

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Friedrichshafen opens its doors on Friday

Sunday 22nd June 2014

The 39th International 'Ham Radio' exhibition, gets underway on Friday 27 June in Friedrichshafen, on the shores of Lake Constance in southern Germany.

Thousands of radio amateurs and electronics enthusiasts will converge on the Messe Friedrichshafen convention centre and surrounding fairgrounds for the event. Some 200 exhibitors and organizations from more than 2 dozen countries will be represented in the exhibit hall.

The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) has chosen "Creative Amateur Radio - Build It Yourself" as the theme for this year's show.

DARC spokesman Axel Voigt, DO1ELL said that Building things yourself has played an important role in Amateur Radio for a long time.
The pioneers of Amateur Radio experimented, built their own equipment, optimized it, and laid the foundations upon which Amateur Radio operates today.

The DARC will hold its 65th Lake Constance Conference during the weekend of Ham Radio. The Continent's biggest ham radio show will wrap up on Sunday 29 June.

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Chinese site in signal-jammer sting could pay record $34.9M FCC fine

Saturday 21st  June 2014

NetworkWorld report that a Chinese electronics vendor accused of selling signal jammers to U.S. consumers could end up leading the market in one dubious measure: the largest fine ever imposed by the Federal Communications Commission.

The agency wants to fine CTS Technology US$34,912,500 for allegedly marketing 285 models of jammers over more than two years. CTS boldly—and falsely—claimed that some of its jammers were approved by the FCC, according to the agency’s enforcement action released Thursday. Conveniently, CTS’ product detail pages also include a button to “report suspicious activity.”

The proposed fine, which would be bigger than any the FCC has levied for anti-competitive behavior, not airing children’s shows, or a wardrobe malfunction, comes from adding up the maximum fines for each model of jammer the company allegedly sold in the U.S. The agency also ordered CTS, based in Shenzhen, China, to stop marketing illegal jammers to U.S. consumers and identify the buyer of each jammer it sold in the U.S.

Read the full NetworkWorld story at:

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SOTABeams introduce new lightweight trapped dipole

Saturday 21st  June 2014

Portable radio specialists SOTABeams has introduced a new lightweight trapped dipole for 30-20-17m.

The Summit Trapper III is the lightest antenna of its type. It uses specially designed traps and hardware making it suitable for use in all weather conditions.

Unusually the Summit Trapper includes a built-in guying system for a telescopic pole making it an attractive option for low power portable operators seeking good multi-band performance.

The Summit Trapper is one of over 150 products for portable operating that are produced by SOTABEAMS from their factory in England. All their products ship worldwide.

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Ham Radio D-STAR satellite launch

Thursday 19th June 2014

The D-STAR satellite Tablet-Aurora is expected to launch with 11 other satellites carrying amateur radio payloads from Dombarovsky near Yasny on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 19:11:11 UT

It carries a D-STAR Parrot (Store and Forward) Repeater running 0.8 watts of GMSK on 437.050 MHz (+/- 10 kHz) to a whip antenna. It can store up to 8 seconds of voice message.

There are two other transceivers on the satellite that operate on 435.550 MHz and 436.100 MHz. Their power can be varied by command from the ground station between 0.8 and 2.0 watts. It is understood they will be used for command and control and transmit GMSK telemetry data. There is also a downlink on 8192 MHz.

It is not yet known how long it will be after launch before the D-STAR repeater becomes operational. It is understood that when the D-STAR repeater is active the telemetry transmitters will be inactive.

Description of TabletSat-Aurora in Google English

A description of the satellites amateur radio capability is at


There are 37 satellites and a 2U Mass Dummy on the launch and it is thought a dozen of them are carrying amateur radio payloads. A list of frequencies is at

For a short description of each of the satellites see


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Increased EMR knowledge in VK syllabus

Thursday 19th June 2014

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has amended the Amateur Radio regulations syllabus, to expand the demonstrated knowledge of Electromagnetic Radiation or EMR.

Safety has been on ACMA's agenda for a considerable time, and it is seeking to minimise risk and promote safety across all its operations, including Amateur Radio.

The process to include EMR in the existing Amateur Radio Syllabus at all three licence levels, commenced about 18 months ago.

One of the outcomes of the high-power trial for VK Advance Licence holders, the ACMA in consultation with the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), found that EMR knowledge could be increased.

The teaching of prospective radio amateurs already includes the importance to keep all persons (and animals) a safe distance from antennas, their orientation, the role of Effective Radiated Power, and radio wave danger with higher frequencies and power levels.

The ACMA has gone further with its amended syllabus to spell out that knowledge of EMR is a condition for all classes of amateur licence, and recall where to locate the ACMA document titled "EMR Assessment Guide for Amateur Radio".

It also wants known that the "Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency" (ARPANSA) sets the standard for Maximum Exposure Levels, 100 kHz to 300 GHz, its principles and methods of measurement.

New licence assessment papers from the WIA Exam Service issued to assessors from June 2014 will reflect the new EMR provisions.

The additional teaching time should be minor, but it will reflect knowledge of the licence requirements and community concern about radiation from transmitters.

Jim Linton VK3PC

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World War One: How radio crackled into life in conflict

Thursday 19th June 2014

''No comms, no bombs''.

It is as simple as that according to Warrant Officer 2 (WO2) Paul Jones, of Merthyr Tydfil, from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards.

At the regiment's barracks at Sennelager in Germany he shows me some of the VHF radio sets soldiers keep in their day sacks to the more complex technology used to communicate when troops are in theatre.

"Your radio is one of the most important bits of kit," he said.

"Without it you can't ask or tell somebody to do something and that's vital."

"It takes five weeks to complete a basic radio operations course in the Army, but to be fully geared up on all the communications kit it can take up to three years."

WO2 Jones says it is a technical role which includes writing computer programmes and bears little resemblance to the work carried out by soldiers in World War One.

"In those days they had to just turn a dial, enter in a frequency and press a button to speak," he said.

Read the full BBC News item by at:

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Attleborough Academy to launch 434 MHz balloon

Wednesday 18th June 2014

Attleborough Academy in Norfolk will be attempting their first high altitude balloon flight this Saturday, June 21 at 10:30am from Elsworth in Cambridge

Depending on altitude the balloon could have a radio range of 500-700 km.

Mission: Monarch 1
Callsign: ATBGH

Location: Elsworth, Cambridge
Latitude: 52.2511
Longitude: -0.0927

A small chase team will set out about 11am following launch at around 10:30am

The probe will carry a radio tracker, smartphone and video camera suspended under a 1400g Hwoyee balloon filled with Helium.

Tracker information:

Frequency: 434.073 MHz USB
Carrier Shift: ~590
Baud Rate: 50
Bits per character: 7 (ASCII)
Parity: 0
Stop Bits: 2

See the online real time track at

Beginners Guide to Tracking using dl-fldigi

To get up-to-date information on balloon flights subscribe to the UKHAS Mailing List by sending a blank email to this address:

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27 MHz SSB CB legal from June 27

Wednesday 18th June 2014

Ofcom have announced amendments to Wireless Telegraphy licence regulations that will enable 27 MHz SSB Citizens Band operation with 12 watt PEP from June 27, 2014

In the late 1970's radio amateurs such as James Bryant G4CLF, the then President of the UK Citizens' Band Association, campaigned for the legalisation of AM/SSB CB. Now some 37 years later it has finally been achieved.

Ofcom statement

AM/SSB and DSB CB IR2027.2– UK Radio Interface Requirement

Statutory Instrument 2014 No. 1484

Read the article about CB Radio written by James Bryant G4CLF in the March 2, 1978 issue of New Scientist magazine

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FUNcube-3 payload launch information

Tuesday 17th June 2014

The FUNcube team anticipate that the Dnepr launch of the amateur radio FUNcube-3 payload on the QB50p1 CubeSat will take place as previously stated.

This Thursday is the day!

To be precise, lift off is expected to take place from Yasny on June 19, 2014 at 19:11:11 UT and the deployment of the various payloads will take place over the Indian Ocean in a similar fashion to the launch of FUNcube-1 last November.

Pre-launch Keplerian elements / Two-Line Elements (TLEs) have not yet been made available but the details of the initial 145 MHz CW transmission format for both QB50p1, and its near twin QB50p2, can now be seen at

QB50p1 carries an inverting linear UV transponder with 400 mW output provided by AMSAT-NL and which is similar to that on FUNcube-1.
• 145.815 MHz 1200 bps BPSK telemetry
• FUNcube inverting 400 mW SSB/CW transponder
- 435.035-435.065 MHz Uplink LSB
- 145.935-145.965 MHz Downlink USB.

QB50p2 carries an UV FM transponder and FX25 data transmitter from AMSAT-F. It is expected that these payloads will be activated after the science missions have been completed.
• 145.880 MHz 9600 bps BPSK telemetry beacon
• 145.840 MHz 9600 bps FSK FX25

AMSAT-UK will be monitoring the launch event and watching for signal reports on the #cubesat IRC channel throughout the evening. A web client is available at

FUNcube website

FUNcube Yahoo Group

FUNcube Forum

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QST Editor to speak at Colloquium

Tuesday 17th June 2014

QST magazine Editor and ARRL Publications Manager Steve Ford, WB8IMY will give a presentation to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn in Guildford on Saturday, July 26

Steve will talk about the satellite operations at the impressive ARRL Headquarters station in Newington, Connecticut.

Steve has written many amateur radio books including the ARRL Satellite Handbook, Get on the Air with HF Digital, VHF Digital Handbook and Remote Operating for Amateur Radio.

The Colloquium is open to all, further details can be found at

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Tuesday 17th June 2014

Island activities:

AS-103; BV; P'enghu (Pescadores) Islands: Steven/VK2HSL, Randson/ BV2DQ and Terry/ BU2CC will be on the air as BW9/VK2HSL from June 18 - 20 on P'enghu Island, mainly at local night time (after 0800 UTC) on 40m and 20m. QSL via VK2HSL, direct only.

EU-031; I*8; Campania Region group: Franco/IK4YCQ is planning his next IOTA activation as IC8/IK4YCQ from Capri (IIA C006) between June 16 and 21, in holiday style. QSL via IK4YCQ (d/B).

EU-034; ES0/ES3; Hiumaa/ Saaremaa/ Laanemaa County group: Romas/LY1SR and Ed/ES2TT are going to activate several islands, ESFF references and castles as follows:

- June 21: Muhu Island (EU-034): Poide Castle (WCA ES-00023) and Maasilinna Castle (WCA ES-00018) in Kingli Park (ESFF-082) and Waljal Castle (WCA ES-00046). Callsigns: ES0/LY1SR and ES2TT/0.

- June 22: Kaarma Castle (WCA ES-00047) in Kaarma Park (ESFF-058), Kuressaare Castle (WCA ES-00015) on Saaremaa Island (EU-034). Also planned is an activity from Kudjape Park (ESFF-101). Callsigns: ES0/LY1SR and ES2TT/0.

- June 23: Lihula Castle (WCA ES-00017) in Lihula Park (ESFF-140), Koluvere Castle (WCA ES-00013), and Matsalu Park (ESFF-003). Possibly also Haapsalu Castle (WCA ES-00003). Callsigns: ES3/LY1SR and ES2TT/3. QSLs via Homecalls (d/B).

EU-119; R1O; White Sea Coast East group: Victor/R1NU, Gennady/R3BY, Max/RU5D and Ivan/UA6MF plan to be QRV as RI1O from June 22 to 30 from Morzhovets Island (RRA RR-02-08). This operation also counts for Morzhovsky Lighthouse (ARLHS ERU-051, WLOTA 1070, RLHA RLE-031). QRV in CW and SSB on the HF bands. QSL via R1NU (d/B).

NA-213; W4; Alabama State group: Steve/KI4GGJ, Allan/KV4T, Bridget/ KS4YT, Robert/AJ4T, Tre/W4CCF, Nicholas/KJ4AVG and Gramlin/KD4QZR will operate portable on Dauphin Island (USi AL-002S) from June 23 to 30 around the IOTA frequencies on 80m - 10m in CW and SSB. QSL via homecalls.

OC-086; KH0; Northern Mariana Islands: Wataru/JA3IUY is going to operate as AH0CI from Saipan Island (USi NI-002S, WLOTA 1333) on June 21/22 (All Asian DX Contest). QSL via JA3IUY (d/B).

Compiled by
Klaus, DL7UXG
Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

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13 cm band threatened in Netherlands

Monday 16th June 2014

It appears that Dutch radio amateurs may lose a substantial segment of the 2300 MHz (13 cm) band

A translation of a post on the Belgium UBA website says:

After UK and France, which plans to ban (or drastically reduce) the 13cm band for radio amateurs, it is now the turn of our Dutch friends.

As we have written many times, the bands above 430 MHz (70 cm) are seriously threatened.

In the Netherlands, from Monday, June 23 the segment between 2330-2400 MHz may not be used in a radius of 35 km around Assen.
Till Saturday, June 28 Dutch radio amateurs outside this area may not point their antennas to Assen.

This is because these frequencies are used for the Dutch TT. A prelude to a permanent ban.

Belgium UBA

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MIT perfects cheap, accurate through-wall movement and heartbeat detection with WiFi

Monday 16th June 2014

MIT’s  rather fabulous Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), after using humble WiFi waves to sense movement behind a wall, has now improved its technology to the point that it can remotely - from behind a wall in another room - can detect heart rate and respiration.

MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has successfully used this technology to non-invasively check a sleeping baby’s breathing and pulse, and even to track the breathing of two adults simultaneously. There are videos of both feats in the link below.

Read the full story with videos at:

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ITU Handbook on Amateur and amateur-satellite services

Monday 16th June 2014

The 2014 ITU Handbook on Amateur and amateur-satellite services is now available for download

This Handbook provides general information about the amateur and amateur-satellite services. It also includes a compendium of existing ITU texts of relevance to the amateur and amateur-satellite services.

Download the handbook from the UBA site at

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 16th June 2014

Island activities:

AS-103. Operators Steven/VK2HSL, Randson/ BV2DQ and Terry/BU2CC will be active as BW9/VK2HSL from P’enghu Island between June 18-20th. Activity will be mainly during local night time hours (after 0800z)on 40 and 20 meters. QSL via VK2HSL. Meanwhile, Steven is currently active from Taipei, Taiwan as BW/VK2HSL from the shack of BV2DQ. His operating conditions are an IC-9100, Tri-band Yagi and 1000 watts linear. To see pictures, see the URL address on BV2DQ's page.

EU-007. Members of the Papa Lima DX Group and other guest operators will once again be active as EJ0PL from Great Blasket between July  26-31st. Activity is usually on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They will also be on the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) signing as EJ1Y. QSL via EI5JQ, direct or by the Bureau. An OQRS will be available via ClubLog. Log will be uploaded to LoTW, eQSL and

EU-016. Tibor, OM3RM, will be active as 9A/OM3RM from VisIsland during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Mixed entry. QSL via OM3RM.

EU-091. Members of team IQ7AF, the Radio Club of ARI Lecce section, will be active as IQ7AF/P from Capezzone Island (IIA P-027) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL by the Bureau or direct.

EU-119. Operators Victor/R1NU, Gen/R3BY, Max/RU5D and Ivan/UA6MF will be active as RI1O from Morzhovets Island (RRA RR-02-08, RDA AR-21, WLOTA L-1070, ARLHS ERU-051 and RLHA RLE-031) between June 23-27th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via R1NU, direct or by the Bureau.

NA-034. Operators Dragan/K0AP and Vlado/N3CZ will be active as homecall/4 from Anna Maria Island between July 12-19th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns.

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

Compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW OPDX

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 16th June 2014

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 8th-June, through Sunday, 15th-June there were 215 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A4, A5, 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, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, 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, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,

V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VR, VU, XE, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

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


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Ofcom amateur radio licence FAQ

Sunday 15th June 2014

Ian G3ZHI has been looking through Ofcom's 'Frequently asked questions' and, under the sub-heading 'I have more than one licence. Must I revalidate all of them?', he found this rather interesting answer.

It reads:

You should only have one personal licence. You should not, for example, have two Full licences that reflect the old 'A' and 'B' licences respectively. However, we know that some amateurs have more than one personal licence and, for the purposes of revalidating, you should revalidate all or any licence(s) that you hold.

If you have more than one personal licence, it is likely that we shall be contacting you in the future to ask you which one you wish to keep and we may require you to relinquish all but one of your licences.

Read the Ofcom FAQs here

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UK ham radio licence revalidation figures

Saturday 14th June 2014

The RSGB reports that 61,000 of the approximately 83,000 amateur radio licences in Ofcom's database have been revalidated

By the end of June, all licence holders who have yet to revalidate will have been contacted by Ofcom. If you have not revalidated yet, now is the time to do it.

Read the RSGB report at

Ofcom introduced the "Lifetime" licence requiring 5 yearly revalidation in December 2006 but it seems they didn't set up an automatic mechanism to revoke licences that were not revalidated. All licences issued during the past 8.5 years remain in the database. It is presumed that at some point over the Summer Ofcom will at last revoke the unvalidated licences.

Clearly 61,000 is not the total of UK amateurs since a large number of people hold multiple licences. Ofcom have been allowing individuals to revalidate two Full licences (old Class A, Class B, Class A/B calls) as well also allowing those who have done the RCF exams to revalidate up to three callsigns (Fnd, Int, Full).

The Essex Ham website shows that 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.

Read the Essex Ham Validation Guide at

See Ofcom's latest amateur radio licence statistics at

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New lightweight antenna traps

Saturday 14th June 2014

UK manufacturer SOTABeams has introduced a range of lightweight traps designed with the portable/holiday operator in mind.

The range includes 20 Watt and 100 Watt versions.

The traps come pre-tuned and ready to use.

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AmateurLogic.TV 67: Dayton Hamvention 2014

Saturday 14th June 2014

AmateurLogic.TV Episode 67 is now available for download.

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

We met many old and new friends. Plus lots of information on all the new digital products on the horizon.

1:27:56 in the magical world of Hamvention.

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Special prefixes for Spanish radio hams

Saturday 14th June 2014

On the occasion of the proclamation of D. Felipe de Borbón as King of Spain, radio amateurs will be able to use special prefixes AM, AN and AO

For the period June 18 - September 18, 2014 radio amateurs will use these prefixes:

- callsigns prefixed EA will use the prefix AM
- callsigns prefixed EB will use the prefix AN
- callsigns prefixed EC will use the prefix AO

Source AMSAT-EAña/128212603932305

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Ham Radio SummerFun Television Contest

Friday 13th June 2014

The BATC SummerFun Contest will run from 1200 UT on Saturday, June 14, 2014 until 1200 UT on Sunday, June 15. There is also a Dutch ATV Contest on the same weekend

There is a prize of a Nexus 7 for the highest placed BATC Member in the Digital Section.

The full Summerfun Rules are here:

Also a reminder to all UK members that if you intend to operate on 13cms either for the contest or just to access your local ATV repeater, you should register with Ofcom.

This is a great opportunity to get on the air, whether analogue or digital, and work other ATV operators around the country. And don't forget to use during the contest to chat to other operators.

Finally let everyone know your plans and what bands you will be active on by posting on the BATC forum before the weekend:

Best 73's

Dave - G8GKQ
BATC contest manager

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NASA TV to air Russian spacewalk

Friday 13th June 2014

NASA Television will air live coverage of a six-and-a-half hour spacewalk by two Russian International Space Station crew members beginning at 9:15 a.m. EDT Thursday, June 19.

Expedition 40 Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency will don their Orlan spacesuits and exit the Pirs airlock at 9:50 a.m. to install new communications equipment on the Zvezda service module. They also will reposition hardware.

The spacewalk will be the 180th in support of space station assembly and maintenance and the first for both Skvortsov and Artemyev. Another spacewalk for the pair is planned for late August.

Skvortsov will be designated as extravehicular crew member 1 (EV1) and will wear a spacesuit bearing red stripes. Artemyev will be designated as extravehicular crew member 2 (EV2) and will wear a suit with blue stripes.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information, visit:

For more information about the International Space Station and its crew, visit:

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Ham radio club uses local media

Friday 13th June 2014

The Halton Radio Club are one of many amateur radio clubs now making use of the free online local events service run by Newsquest

Newsquest is the third largest publisher of regional and local newspapers in the United Kingdom with around 300 titles in its portfolio. They provide a free online events service in each of their regional operations.

The Halton Radio Club near Runcorn registered on the Newsquest website for their local newspaper. They were then able to set up a recurring event for their club meetings.

Their entry gives the general public clear details of when and where the club meet, complete with Google Map, along with how to contact the club.

See the Halton Radio Club entry at

Your local Newsquest website can usually be found by Googling "Newsquest" + "name of local paper"

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Friday 13th June 2014

Island activities:

AF-014; CT3; Madeira Archipelago: Rene/DL2JRM plans a holiday-style activity as CT9/DL2JRM from Madeira (DIP MA-001, PIP MD-001, WLOTA 0053) between the 12th and 19th. QRV on 80-10m. QSL via DL2JRM (d/B).

AF-109; SU; Nile Delta and Sinai Region group: ERASD (The Egyptian Radio Amateurs Society For Development) announces a new activation of Nelson's Island from June 13 to 20 with the call SU8N. QRV on 40, 20, 17, 15, and 12m. The team will also activate Nelson's Island lighthouse (WLOTA 2694, Admiralty E6168) during that time. QSL via SM5AQD (d/B). events/441478712566533

AN-016; Verschiedene; Antarctica: Hector/ LU6LGA is currently posted to the San Martin Base on Barry Island and stays there until March 2015. QRV as LU1ZD with a novice license permitting him to work on 80 and 10m (his preferred QRG is 28340). QSL via LU4DXU (d).

AS-062; R0F; Habomei Islands: Andrey/R6MG, Yuri/R7MR, Oleg/RK3AW, Alex/RU0LM, Serge/RX0F, and Vlado/UA0LCZ get on the air from Anuchina Island (RRA RR-16-06 (New One), RDA SL-24, WW Loc. QN33ai) as RI0F, their location is also situated in RFF-054. QRV from June 16 to 26. QSL via RX3F (d/B).

AS-147; JA8; Hokkaido's Coastal Islands: Taka/JA8COE returns to Yagishiri Island (WLOTA 2512) as JA8COE/8 from the 13th to the 15th. His operating location is within JAFF-034. QSL via h/c (d/B) und ClubLog.

EU-001; SV5; Dodecanese: SV5/OK1QQ will be active from Kos Island (GIOTA DKS-043, MIA MGD-016, WLOTA 1730) between the 16th and 26th on HF. QSL via OK1QQ (d/B).

EU-008; GM/MM; Inner Hebrides: Geoffrey/ M5GAC pays a visit to Islay (IOSA NH22, SCOTIA CS25, WLOTA 1826) from the 15th to the 27th. QRV as MM5GAC/p on 80, 40, and 20m, mainly in SSB. QSL via M5GAC (d/B).

EU-024; I*0; Sardinia Island: Eros/IZ3UOF is currently staying on Sardinia until the 12th. QRV as IS0/homecall on 10, 15, and 20m in SSB (probably also 12 and 17). QSL via h/c. (d/B).

EU-047; DL; Niedersachsen State group: Oliver/ DK7TX spends his vacation on Spiekeroog (DID/GIA N-08) from the 11th to the 18th.
QRV as DK7TX/p on 20-10m. QSL via DK7TX (d/B).

EU-047; DL; Niedersachsen State group: Likewise Kai/DJ9KAI will be holidaying on the island between the 10th and the 20th; QRV as DJ9KAI/p. QSL via h/c (d/B).

EU-060; SV; Sterea Ellas Region group: George/SV2BRT, Thomas/SV2CLJ, Chris/SV2DGH, Gianni/SV2FPU, Sakis/ SV2HNC, and Evangelos/SV2RJV are teaming up as J48TSL to operate from Skyros Island (GIOTA NAS-098, MIA MG-115, WLOTA 2002). QRV from June 13 to 19 on 80-6m in SSB, CW, and RTTY. QSL via SV2DGH (d/B).

EU-065; F; Bretagne (Finistere North West) Region group: Eric/F5LOW, Laurent/F5MNK, Bertrand/ F6HKA, and Leon/ON4ZD will be on the air as TM0O from Quessant Island (DIFM AT-001, WLOTA 0208. WW Loc. IN78kk). QRV from June 14 to 21 on HF in SSB, CW, and digital modes. QSL via ON4ZD, OQRS via ClubLog.

EU-092; GM/MM; Summer Isles: Steve/G0MTD, Paul/M1PAF, Glyn/M0XUH, Norman/G7MRL, and Mark/M0WCR are going to activate Tanera Mor (IOSA SC10, SCOTIA CN32, WAB NB90, WW Loc. IO78ha) from the 14th to the 21st. QRV on 160-10m mainly in SSB with some PSK, RTTY, and CW. QSL via G0MTD (d/B), ClubLog.

EU-120; G/M; English Coastal Islands: Peter/G0DRX, Matt/G0ECM, Mike/G0MEM, Steve/G0UQT, Henryk/M0HTB, and SWL Julja are going to activate Lundy Island (WLOTA 1997, WW Loc. IO71qd, WAB SS14, GFF-103) between the 15th and the 20th. QRV as GB2BLE on 80-6m and also on VHF in SSB and digital modes. QSL via bureau.

EU-125; OZ; Jylland West group: Volker/DJ8VW remains on R?m? until the 14th. QRV as OZ/DJ8VW/p on HF from a location within OZFF-004. QSL via h/c (d/B).

EU-138; SM7; Blekinge County group: Bernd/DL8AAV will be active as SD1B/7 from Aspo Island between the 17th and 29th. QSL via DL8AAV (d/B).

NA-079; W4; Florida State (Dry Tortugas Islands) group: Dan/AK4PX returns to the Dry Tortuga Islands (Grid EL84) for a few days of camping and diving between the 14th and 16th. In between he wants to operate with a QRP rig as AK4PX/p. His location is part of KFF-024. QSL via LoTw or AK4PX (d).

EU-174; SV; Makedonia / Thraki Region group: Michael, DH7IF, currently operates holiday-style as SV8/DH7IF/p from Thasos until the 21st. QSL via DH7IF (d/B).

Compiled by Klaus, DL7UXG
Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

RSGB IOTA website

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Queen shown radio ham’s Raspberry Pi balloon payload

Thursday 12th June 2014

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is shown M0RPI’s 434 MHz
High Altitude Balloon Payload – Credit Raspberry Pi Foundation

On Monday, June 9, more than 350 of the UK’s most successful and most promising technologists were invited to Buckingham Palace by the Queen and the Duke of York for Tech at the Palace

Among the exhibits, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was shown the Raspberry Pi High Altitude Balloon payload developed by David Akerman M6RPI (now M0RPI) which transmitted Slow Scan Digital Video (SSDV) signals on 434 MHz from the first “Pi in the Sky“ in 2012. She also saw the TARDIS that was flown by David and Anthony Stirk M0UPU.

Giant leap for radio amateur's Pi-powered teddy bear

M6RPI Balloon PIE1 – Raspberry Pi Sends Live Images from Near Space

Dave Akerman M0RPI


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USB driver Rev.3.0 update for Icom D-STAR repeaters

Wednesday 11th June 2014

An updated USB driver for the ID-RP2C, ID-RP2D, ID-RP2L, ID-RP2V, ID-RP2000V, ID-RP4000V D-STAR repeater has been released on the Icom Inc. website.

USB driver version 3.00 will allow Windows(R) 7, Windows(R) 8 and Windows(R) 8.1 to be supported.

The updated USB driver and updated installation guide can be downloaded from:
Icom Inc. Support Page

Icom UK

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Double X-Flare

Wednesday 11th June 2014 reports forecasters expected an X-flare Tuesday, June 10 and the sun complied. The source, however, was unexpected

A new sunspot (AR2087) suddenly emerging from behind the sun's southeastern limb erupted twice, producing an X2.2-flare at 11:42 UT and an X1.5-flare at 12:52.

X-rays and UV radiation from the double flare created a wave of ionization in Earth's upper atmosphere, altering the normal propagation of radio transmissions over Europe. Rob Stammes recorded the sudden ionospheric disturbance (SID) from his laboratory in Lofoton, Norway.

Preliminary coronagraph images from NASA's STEREO probes show a bright CME emerging from the blast site, traveling mostly away from the sun-Earth line. No strong impacts are expected.

Before today's double-eruption, forecasters had been keeping a wary eye on sunspot complex AR2080/AR2085. Almost directly-facing Earth, those two sunspots have 'delta-class' magnetic fields that harbor energy for X-flares. The emergence of sunspot AR2087 on the southeastern limb adds another potent source to the mix. Solar activity is high, and likely to remain so in the days ahead.

Space Weather

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Guest operation in Brazil during FIFA 2014 World Cup

Tuesday 10th June 2014

The Brazilian Amateur Radio League – LABRE – has filed a request and obtained special permission from ANATEL, the Brazilian Telecommunication authority, for foreign amateurs wishing to operate during the FIFA World Cup.

Radio amateur operators who visit Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be able to be on air without bureaucracy.

During June and July, any foreign amateur will be able to operate in Brazil regardless of the existence of reciprocity agreement between countries. No IARP or CEPT license are necessary and no fees are required.

Amateurs who wish to operate in Brazil must send to LABRE the following documents
– Copy of a valid passport (identification pages)
– Copy of amateur radio license of his/her country
– List of cities in which he/she intends to operate and the respective periods
– Email address for contact

The documents must be scanned and sent to

For further information, contact George Gorsline, VE3YV RAC International Affairs Officer.

Source: Radio Amateurs of Canada

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IARUMS Newsletter released

Tuesday 10th June 2014

The IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS) newsletter reports on success in getting an Australian radar removed from the amateur radio 14 MHz band

The newsletter Wolf Hadel DK2OM says:

On May 10th ZL1GWE and another friend informed me about a Superdarn Radar on 14050 kHz. I checked the situation via remote Australia and indeed: It was really a Superdarn Ionospheric Radar with a continuous transmission on 14050 kHz. Bearings were showing South Australia or South New Zealand. The Radar is operated by the La Trobe University in Australia. So I informed VK3MV, Peter, Coordinator IARUMS Region 3 and John, ZL1GWE. John informed the La Trobe University, and Peter contacted the ACMA (Australian PTT). Two days later
the problem was solved, the Radar disappeared from 14050.

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 May 2014 newsletter can be read at

Reports of Amateur Band intruders can be logged online at

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

IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS)

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RAGazine now available for download

Tuesday 10th June 2014

The latest issue of the free BAA-RAG radio astronomy publication RAGazine is now available for download

In this edition:
- Radio Astronomy Interest Group (RAIG)
- VLF quarterly observing report
- Intro. to radio objects that can be detected by the amateur radio astronomer: Part 2
- Cosmic static: G Reber’s seminal paper
- Low cost H line radio telescope using the RTL SDR Part 2
- Build your own Yagi antenna

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Back editions of RAGazine are available at

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50th anniversary of historic Chelmsford EME contact

Monday 9th June 2014

June 13 is the 50th anniversary of the first UK moonbounce (EME) contact which was made by Peter Blair G3LTF from Chelmsford in Essex.

The RSGB GB2RS News Service reports:

July 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the first time that amateur signals from the UK reached other parts of the world by bouncing off the moon, a technique now known as moonbounce or earth-moon-earth, EME. In the July 1964 edition of Radio Communications the RSGB announced that at 20.20 GMT on June 13, 1964, G3LTF at Galleywood, Chelmsford, and KP4BPZ in Puerto Rico, made contact on 430 Mc/s [MHz] by bouncing their signals off the moon. Signal reports were RST459 both ways.

15 foot dish antenna used by G3LTF in 1964

A further contact took place one hour later. KP4BPZ was fortunate in having the 1000ft radio-telescope dish aerial at Arecibo, Puerto Rico at his disposal.

G3LTF’s equipment included a 15ft dish aerial and an AF139 transistor preamplifier for reception. Power input to the PA was 150 watts.

What is more remarkable is that Peter, G3LTF is still active on moonbounce and is one of the world’s leading pioneers.

The RSGB offers Peter, G3LTF our heartiest congratulations on this 50th anniversary of his achievement.

Source GB2RS News:

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 9th June 2014

Island activities:

EU-137. Lars, SM6CUK, will once again 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.

EU-174. Mike, YO9GVW, will be active as SV8/YO9GVW from Thasos Island (GIOTA NAS-037, MIA MG-124, WLOTA 4186) between now and June 17th. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-174. By the time you read this, Michael, DH7IF, will be active as SV8/DH7IF/P from Thasos Island until June 21st. Activity will be holiday style using a Kenwood TS-480SAT with an SGC-237 tuner using a 16m wire vertical on a 12m fiberglass mast. QSL via DH7IF by the Bureau.

OC-196. Trevor, VK3ATX, will once again be active as VK3ATX/P from Gabo Island (ILLW AU-0080) August 16-17th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign direct. For more details and updates, see:

OC-218. (Update/Change) Operators Cezar/VE3LYC and Bob/KD1CT will attempt to operate from Matthew Island for 4 days between September 1-9th. They will maintain one station on the air around the clock, operating on all bands from 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via VE3LYC, direct or by the Bureau. A OQRS will be available from ClubLog. For more details and updates, see:

OC-233. Tony, VK3VTH, will once again be active as VK3VTH/7 from King Island between August 14-17th. Activity will be on 40/20 meters using SSB. He will also be in the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend, from Currie Lighthouse (AU-0016), August 16-17th. QSL via VK3VTH, direct or by the Bureau. Bureau cards will be sent for all QSOs immediately after the activation.

Compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW OPDX

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End of the line for FT-897

Sunday 8th June 2014

CQ Ohm is reporting that production of the popular Yaesu FT-897D/DM/DS transceivers is to cease

They say there no immediate plans for a successor model.

The CQ Ohm shop is now selling the remaining HF/VHF/UHF transceivers for 95,000 Yen (Excluding 8% sales tax) which is $927 or £552.

Amateur radio industry news by CQ ohm (use Chrome translator)

CQ Ohm shop

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AMSAT Field Day

Sunday 8th June 2014

It's that time of year again: Summer and Field Day!

Each year the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsors Field Day as a "picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!". The event takes place during a 24-hour period on the fourth weekend of June.

For 2014 the event takes place during a 27-hour period from 1800 UTC on Saturday June 28, 2014 through 2100 UTC on Sunday June 29, 2014. Those who set up prior to 1800 UTC on June 29 can operate only 24 hours.

The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) promotes its own version of Field Day for operation via the amateur satellites, held concurrently with the ARRL event.

If you are considering ONLY the FM voice satellite SaudiSat-Oscar-50 for your AMSAT Field Day focus. don't . unless you are simply hoping to make one contact for the ARRL rules bonus points. The congestion on FM LEO satellites was so intense in prior years that we must continue to limit their use to one-QSO-per-FM-satellite. This includes the International Space Station. You will be allowed one QSO if the ISS is operating Voice. You will also be allowed one digital QSO with the ISS or any other digital, non-store-and-forward, packet satellite (if operational).

A lot of good contacts can be made on the linear transponder satellites including AO-73, VO-52, FO-29, and AO-7. During Field Day the transponders come alive like 20 meters on a weekend. The transponders on these satellites will support multiple simultaneous SSB or CW contacts.

The AMSAT Field Day 2014 event is open to all Amateur Radio operators. Amateurs are to use the exchange as specified in ARRL rules for Field Day. The AMSAT competition is to encourage the use of all amateur satellites, both analog and digital.

For the complete listing of the AMSAT Field Day Rules please refer to the
AMSAT web:

Bruce Paige, KK5DO
AMSAT Director Contests and Awards

Amsat website

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Ham Radio SummerFun Television Contest

Saturday 7th June 2014

The BATC SummerFun Contest will run from 1200 UT on Saturday, June 14, 2014 until 1200 UT on Sunday, June 15.

There is also a Dutch ATV Contest on the same weekend

There is a prize of a Nexus 7 for the highest placed BATC Member in the Digital Section.

The full Summerfun Rules are here:

Also a reminder to all UK members that if you intend to operate on 13cms either for the contest or just to access your local ATV repeater, you should register with Ofcom.

This is a great opportunity to get on the air, whether analogue or digital, and work other ATV operators around the country. And don't forget to use during the contest to chat to other operators.

Finally let everyone know your plans and what bands you will be active on by posting on the BATC forum before the weekend:

Best 73's

Dave - G8GKQ
BATC contest manager

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Ham radio tutors newsletter

Saturday 7th June 2014

The May edition of the free amateur radio training instructors' newsletter is now available for download

In this edition:

- 2014-15 Advanced Exam Schedule
- Issue of formal results
- Conduct of Examinations booklet
- What if…?
- Syllabus areas needing examination items
- Paying for exams online
- Train the Trainers
- Training guidance
- Candidates with special needs
- Playing the game by The Rules

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NASA beams 'Hello, World!' video from space via laser

Saturday 7th June 2014

NASA successfully beamed a high-definition video 260 miles from the International Space Station to Earth Thursday using a new laser communications instrument.

Transmission of "Hello, World!" as a video message was the first 175-megabit communication for the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS), a technology demonstration that allows NASA to test methods for communication with future spacecraft using higher bandwidth than radio waves.

"The International Space Station is a test bed for a host of technologies that are helping us increase our knowledge of how we operate in space and enable us to explore even farther into the solar system," said Sam Scimemi, International Space Station division director at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "Using the space station to investigate ways we can improve communication rates with spacecraft beyond low-Earth orbit is another example of how the orbital complex serves as a stepping stone to human deep space exploration."

Optical communication tools like OPALS use focused laser energy to reach data rates between 10 and 1,000 times higher than current space communications, which rely on radio portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Because the space station orbits Earth at 17,500 mph, transmitting data from the space station to Earth requires extremely precise targeting.
The process can be equated to a person aiming a laser pointer at the end of a human hair 30 feet away and keeping it there while walking.

To achieve this extreme precision during Thursday’s demonstration, OPALS locked onto a laser beacon emitted by the Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory ground station at the Table Mountain Observatory in Wrightwood, California, and began to modulate the beam from its 2.5-watt, 1,550-nanometer laser to transmit the video. The entire transmission lasted 148 seconds and reached a maximum data transmission rate of 50 megabits per second. It took OPALS 3.5 seconds to transmit each copy of the "Hello World!" video message, which would have taken more than 10 minutes using traditional downlink methods.

"It's incredible to see this magnificent beam of light arriving from our tiny payload on the space station," said Matt Abrahamson, OPALS mission manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. "We look forward to experimenting with OPALS over the coming months in hopes that our findings will lead to optical communications capabilities for future deep space exploration missions."

The OPALS Project Office is based at JPL, where the instrument was built. OPALS arrived to the space station April 20 aboard SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft and is slated to run for a prime mission of 90 days.

View the "Hello, World!" video transmission and animation of the transmission between OPALS and the ground station, at:

For more information about OPALS, visit:

For more information about the International Space Station, visit:

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RSGB AGM recording

Saturday 7th June 2014

The RSGB report a recording of this year’s AGM, held in Manchester on April 12, 2014, is now available for members to listen to and download

Please note you will need your RSGB membership login to access the recording at

You can join the RSGB online at

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

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Navajo code talker Chester Nez dies at 93

Friday 6th June 2014

The BBC report the last of the 29 Navajo Americans who developed a code with their native language to encrypt military messages in World War 2 has died

The code took words from the Navajo language, which was spoken by less than 30 non-Navajos at the time, and matched them to military terms. The Navajo word for turtle became "tank", chicken hawk became "dive bomber" and "our mother" meant America.

In WWII talkers used the cipher to relay messages sent from field telephones and radios throughout the Pacific. Messages read aloud by the code talkers were immediately destroyed.

Read the BBC News story at

Navajo Code Talkers

Wiki Code Talkers

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Pot growers’ lights interfering with ham radios

Friday 6th June 2014

The Coloradoan reports that Marijuana growing operations, using grow lights can emit interference blocking radio broadcasts on both the ham radio and AM spectrum

Tom Thompson W0IVJ noticed high levels of interference on the bands and built a portable antenna system he could use to walk his neighborhood and track down whatever was interfering with his radio transmission.

With 22 states and the District of Columbia allowing medical marijuana, and Colorado and Washington permitting recreational use, there’s been an explosion in the number of people growing their own pot, much of it indoors. With that growth has come increasing interference from the grow lights.

The interference problems from one type of system have got so bad that the amateur radio association, ARRL, filed a formal federal complaint on behalf of the country's 720,000 licensed ham operators. The problems are worst in Colorado and California, said Sean Kutzko KX9X, an ARRL spokesperson.

Read the full story at

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The Economist: Nanosats are go!

Friday 6th June 2014

The Economist magazine has a feature on CubeSats and Nanosats and mentions the UK amateur radio satellite STRaND-1

Among the radio amateurs mentioned in the article are Benjamin Longmier KF5KMP, James Cutler KF6RFX, Andrew Kalman KK6AMQ and Bob Twiggs KE6QMD.

Read the article at

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Space station cargo ship departure to air on NASA Tv

Friday 6th June 2014

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure of an unpiloted Russian cargo vehicle from the International Space Station (ISS) beginning at 9 a.m. EDT Monday, June 9.

The ISS Progress 53 cargo ship (photo right), which first arrived at the orbiting laboratory in late November 2013, will undock from the station’s Zvezda Service Module at 9:30 a.m. EDT.

The cargo ship, loaded with trash from the space station, will move to a location well away from the station for an engine firing that will send the craft on a course to burn up upon reentry into Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.

The undocking will clear the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module for the arrival in August of the final European Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo ship, ATV-5. Named for the Belgian physicist and astronomer Georges Lemaitre, the ATV-5 is scheduled for launch from Kourou, French Guiana, on an Ariane 5 rocket in late July.

For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:

For more about the International Space Station, visit:

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MSF Outage - 12 June 2014

Thursday 5th June 2014

The NPL website reports:

The MSF 60 kHz time and frequency signal broadcast from Anthorn Radio Station will be shut down on Thursday 12 June 2014 from 10:00 to 14:00 BST

The interruption to the transmission is required to allow maintenance work to be carried out in safety.

If you require any additional information, please contact us at:

Or alternatively please see our website:

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$50SAT / MO-76 six months in space and counting

Thursday 5th June 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, marked the six month anniversary of the launch of the tiny $50SAT / MO-76 PocketQube satellite which is just 5x5x7.5 cm and 210 grams

Michael Kirkhart KD8QBA has released an update on this remarkable satellite:

We have finally completed the first pass cleanup of the telemetry data provided by all of you. We cannot thank you enough for this data, as it will help us understand how $50SAT/MO-76 has been operating. Keep it coming!

On the Dropbox, you will find a new directory (Telemetry-analysis/ Battery-voltage-2014-06-04) containing our first set of processed data, which serves as an initial investigation into the performance of the on-board Li-ion battery. Included in this directory is a spreadsheet with all the battery voltage data we have up to now, in both tabular and graphical form; it consists of 1097 individual telemetry observations.
For convenience sake, there is also a copy of the graph in PDF form.

Over the past 6 months, the daily average battery voltage has been dropping. A best fit line through all the data has a slope of -0.670 mV per day. The drop, however, has not always been gradual. For instance, there is a large step change of about -60 mV sometime near February 20, 2014. We are not sure what happened here. Anybody out there know what might be going on?

Ignoring the two outliers on the graph, the current low battery voltage is 3521 mV. This has been observed at least 5 times, including twice by yours truly. This, of course, occurs when $50SAT/MO-76 happens to be at its lowest temperature, which has been -28 degrees C until yesterday evening, where I observed a temperature of -29 degrees C. While our depth of discharge on the battery is relatively low (our initial calculations were about 22 mA-hr), it is going through about a -28 degree C to 26 degree C (or possibly higher – this is our highest recorded temperature) and back down to -28 degrees C 14.5 times per day. Does this violate the conditions of the warranty?

As to whether or not the orbit is decaying, a comparison of the current TLEs with a set from early December 2013 show it is, although by a small amount.

Here are the TLEs from December 4, 2013 (element set 7):
1 39436U 13066W 13337.88841924 .00010097 00000-0 12132-2 0 70
2 39436 97.8019 50.2525 0031655 170.6351 189.5525 14.83797851 1855

Here are the TLEs from June 2, 2014 (element set 223):
1 39436U 13066W 14152.25170112 .00007510 00000-0 78254-3 0 2235
2 39436 97.7787 226.1156 0024706 303.1274 56.7439 14.89857855 28503

The second to last element on line 2 is the mean motion, in units of orbits per day. From this number, the semi-major axis of the orbit can be computed. On December 4, 2013, it was 6,995.50 km, and on June 2, 2014, it was 6,976.51 km. This means the orbit has decayed by about 19 km during this time period. The orbit has also become slightly less elliptical. The forth element on line 2 is the eccentricity, which has an implied decimal point in front of it. On December 4, 2013, it was 0.0031655, and on June 2, 2014, it was 0.0024706. From this and the computed semi-major axis, the apogee and perigee altitudes are as follows:
December 4, 2013: apogee = 639.64 km, perigee = 595.36 km
June 2, 2014: apogee = 615.75 km, perigee = 581.27 km

The technical challenge we posed to the amateur community to successfully uplink to $50SAT/MO-76 has yet to be met. We have since realized some of the documentation, specifically the Silicon Labs Si4432 data sheet, was not clear on at least one of the needed details.
To encourage the amateur radio community to answer our challenge, we will post some information that should be helpful in uplinking to $50SAT/MO-76; look for this sometime in the next few days.

$50SAT/MO-76 has made it onto YouTube! See a video of the excellent talk on $50SAT/MO-76 given by Howie DeFelice, AB2S, and a video of yours truly operating the AMSAT demo station during a $50SAT/MO-76 pass at the Dayton Hamvention.


Michael Kirkhart KD8QBA
$50SAT/MO-76 team

$50SAT was a collaborative education project between Professor Bob Twiggs, KE6QMD, Morehead State University and three other radio amateurs, Howie DeFelice, AB2S, Michael Kirkhart, KD8QBA, and Stuart Robinson, GW7HPW. The transmitter power is just 100 mW on 437.505 MHz (+/-9 kHz Doppler shift) FM CW/RTTY. $50SAT uses the low cost Hope RFM22B single chip radio and PICAXE 40X2 processor.

Watch Talk by Howie DeFelice AB2S at the May 14, 2014, PocketQube workshop (thanks to Gustavo, LW2DTZ, for taking and posting this video)

Watch Michael Kirkhart KD8QBA operates AMSAT demo station during $50SAT/MO-76 pass Friday, May 16 (thanks to Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, AMSAT-NA Vice President for Field Operations, for this video)

Further information in the $50SAT Dropbox

There is a discussion group for $50SAT


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New Product Release

Thursday 5th June 2014

Operating in the field presents many challenges, one of them is how to manage the various essential items required.

Portable radio specialists SOTABEAMS has developed their "Flight Deck" range to provide an ergonomic platform for a radio, Morse paddle and notebook.

They have Flight Decks for three popular radios: the Elecraft KX1, The Youkits HB1B and the Weber Mountain Topper.

Details at

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Thursday 5th June 2014

Island activities:

AF-083; 3V; Gabes / Medenine Region Group: Tony/IK0GDG is currently active from Djerba until June 8 as 3V8/IK0GDG/p. Tunisian amateurs have voiced complains about this operation being illegal.  QSL via h/c (d).

AS-145; HS; Malay Peninsula South East group: Choon/E20HHK, Suwikrom/E23CAL (SWL), Teerawat/HS3NBR, and Boy/HS8GLR plan to activate Nu Island on June 7 and 8. QRV on HF in CW, SSB, and digital modes. QSL via E21EIC.

EU-004; EA6; Balearic Islands: Thomas/DK1EY is currently holidaying on Formentera until June 13. QRV in the evening hours as EA6/DK1EY, running a QRP setup on 40m (CW). QSL via h/c (d/B), LoTW, eQSL.

EU-040; CT; Estremadura Province group: Pedro/CT1FCX, Jose/CT1APE, Telmo/CT2JSV, Anderson/CT2IUK, and Filipe/CT2GLO will be paying a visit to Berlenga Island (CTFF-015, ARLHS POR-004, ILLW PT-0026, DMP 1014, DIP ES-001) as operate as CS5RCO from the 7th to the 9th. QSL via CT1EPJ.

EU-137; SM7; Skane County group: Lars/SM6CUK operates as SA6G/7 from Ven Island (WLOTA 0780) between the 9th and 16th. QSL via SM6CUK (d/B).

EU-174; SV; Makedonia/ Thraki Region group: Mihai/YO9GVW will be active from Thasos as SV8/YO9GVW from the 7th to the 17th. QSL via h/c (d/B).

NA-143; W5; Texas State East (Matagorda to Jefferson County) group: Leslie/AD5WB, Michael/K5WRN, Janet/KJ5WRN, Jeremy/K0JCC, James/W5AOO, Michael/N5TCB, and Richard/KE5BZE participate in the Museum Ship Weekend (June 7/8) as N5E from aboard the Elissa in the Texas Seaport Museum on Galveston Island. QSL via AD5WB (d/B) and

OC-086; KH0; Northern Mariana Islands: Akira/JH0CKF is going to operate from Saipan (USi NI-002S, WLOTA 1333) between the 4th and 6th and AF1Y/KH0. QRV during local evening hours on HF. QSL via DU/JH0CKF (DU bureau) or direct via JH0CKF.

Compiled by Klaus, DL7UXG
Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

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Swiss 5 MHz Experimental Beacon Project

Wednesday 4th June 2014

Although the 60m band has not been released for amateur radio in Switzerland, the Sursee Amateur Radio Club has obtained the necessary official authorizations for a Swiss 5 MHz Experimental Beacon project.

Using the callsign HB9AW, the beacon became operational on 5291 kHz at 0000hrs on the 1st of June.

The transmission commences with the call sign HB9AW in CW (100HA1B), followed by five 2 seconds-long dashes. The dashes are each accurately attenuated by 10dB in the EIRP power sequence 10W / 5 W / 1Watt / 100mW concluding with 10mW and currently repeats every 5 minutes, commencing on the hour.

The beacon transmits from Sursee (Locator: JN43BA) on a half-wave dipole, configured for high-angle radiation as an NVIS ‘fountain’ type antenna at a height above ground of 0.12 of a wavelength. A reflector is placed beneath the antenna. The aim of the system is to explore the propagation conditions on 5 MHz in the hills and valleys of Switzerland in relation to its possible suitability as an Emergency Communications band. They have deliberately chosen this type of steep radiation-angle antenna to study the propagation conditions within Switzerland itself and at the moment DX is only of secondary interest to them.

They expect that the beacon will be heard during the day and night hours across Switzerland including the Alpine valleys. An on-line form on the Sursee Amateur Radio Club’s website accepts reception reports. The evaluation of these is done by a technical college. Reception reports are appreciated and will be entered into a raffle for an attractive prize !

A detailed description of the installation will appear in due course.

Online HB9AW 5 MHz Beacon Reporting Form

Sursee Amateur Radio Club website 5 MHz Beacon Project page

USKA – Swiss National Amateur Radio Society

(Tnx: Sursee Amateur Radio Club, USKA)


Paul Gaskell, G4MWO

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RSGB - School links

Wednesday 4th June 2014

The Radio Society of Great Britain has been approached by parents and school teachers who have suggested that the Society could help support education in schools using amateur radio, and the diverse skills of radio amateurs

To this end the Society is looking to produce a list of affiliated amateur radio clubs that are willing to help support their local schools. We would like to work with them to produce resources that can be presented and used to introduce amateur radio and help schools to cover curriculum topics.

Patrick M0ZPK is working on the project for the RSGB. If you are a school and would like to be involved, or an amateur radio club who is currently helping schools or would like to, please contact m0zpk<at>

Further information at

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ISEE-3 Spacecraft Reboot Project update

Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Dennis Wingo KD4ETA has released an update on the attempts by volunteers, including radio amateurs, to gain control of the NASA ISEE-3 spacecraft

The International Sun-Earth Explorer (ISEE-3), a spacecraft that was launched in 1978 to study Earth’s magnetosphere and repurposed in 1983 to study two comets.

Renamed the International Cometary Explorer (ICE), it has been in a heliocentric orbit since then, traveling just slightly faster than Earth. It’s finally catching up to us from behind, and will be closest to Earth in August, 2014.

In his report Dennis says that the spacecraft was successfully commanded into engineering telemetry mode and he mentions the work of radio amateurs Achim Vollhardt DH2VA (AMSAT-DL Bochum) and Phil Karn KA9Q.

Regarding the possibility of Lunar impact Dennis says "If we can maneuver the spacecraft by June 17th we get the very small delta V number for the maneuver above. However, this starts to climb rapidly as the spacecraft gets closer to the moon. Also we cannot at this time rule out a lunar impact.

It is imperative that we get a ranging pass as soon as possible. We also need time to not only evaluate the health of the spacecraft, but to test the systems, the catalyst bed heaters for the propulsion system, the valve heaters, analyze the rest of the propulsion, power, and attitude control system as rapidly as possible.

This will be a lot of commanding so we have to move into high gear next week. This is a very fluid situation and we have made amazing progress, thanks to the support of those who believed in us in our crowd funding and the support of our NASA sponsors at NASA Ames and NASA headquarters. More to come soon!!"

Read the report at

ISEE-3 / ICE Telecommunications Summary

Dennis Wingo KD4ETA blog

ISEE-3/ICE on Facebook

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USA Communications Regulator takes action

Tuesday 3rd June 2014

The ARRL reports the FCC Enforcement Bureau has made public several warning notices issued over the past few months to radio amateurs

A couple of the letters from Special Counsel Laura Smith involved alleged infractions on 20 meters. On April 15, the FCC wrote Larry S. King, KI8NGS, of Owosso, Michigan, regarding failure to properly follow station identification rules on March 21.

Smith told King that he was monitored by staffers at the FCC High Frequency Direction Finding Center (HFDFC) “operating your Amateur Radio on 14.313 MHz for 20 minutes without identifying in a timely manner.”

Smith said the HFDFC used direction-finding equipment to confirm that the transmissions were coming from his location. She said the Center recorded the transmissions.

Read the full ARRL story

Read the warning notices

The FCC is the US equivalent of the UK's Ofcom.

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UK takes aim at Commercial Spaceflight

Monday 2nd June 2014

A article reports a spaceport in the United Kingdom may be possible by 2018

Pending a regulatory report to be published this July and a technical feasibility study that is underway with the country's National Space Technology Programme (NSTP), it is possible that the country could host a spaceport within the next five years. A new National Space Flight Coordination Group, chaired by the U.K. Space Agency, will oversee these reports and the future work for this U.K. spaceport. Government officials hope this will be the start of commercial spaceflight for the country.

Rob Coppinger reports the United Kingdom's first Spaceport could be at Lossiemouth, which is already home to one of the largest Royal Air Force (RAF) bases in the country.

At 57.7°N Lossiemouth would be the most northerly Commercial Spaceport in the World. Lossiemouth is slightly further North than the Kodiak spaceport in Alaska which is at 57.4°N.

Read the article at

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 2nd June 2014

Island activities:

AF-083. Tony, IK0GDG, will be active as 3V8/IK0GDG/P from Djerba Island until June 8th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign. One source is reporting, "According to information received from the Tunisian Radioamateurs this operation is illegal."

EU-004. Gordon, MM0GOR, will be active from Ibiza Island (DIE E-023, WLOTA 0958) between June 1-6th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters SSB only. QSL via the Bureau to MM0GOR is preferred.

EU-008. Geoffrey, M5GAC, will be active as MM5GAC/p from the Isle of Islay (IOSA NH22, SCOTIA CS25, WLOTA 1826), Inner Hebrides, between June 15-27th. Activity will be on 80/40/20 meters using mainly SSB. QSL via M5GAC, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-028. Stefano, IV3LZQ, will be active as IA5/IV3LZQ from Giglio Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/CW-Mode entry. QSL via his home callsign direct only (see

EU-029. Ric, DL2VFR, will be active from Enoe Island (DIA SJ-028) and the Karrebaek, Dybsoe og Avnoe Fjorde (WWFF OZFF-084) between July 19th and August 1st. He will also be an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). Activity will be on the HF bands using mostly CW. QSL via DL2VFR, by the Bureau or direct.

EU-060. Operators George/SV2BRT, Thomas/SV2CLJ, Christos/SV2DGH, Gianni/SV2FPU, Sakis/SV2HNC and Evangelos/SV2RJV will be active as J48TSL from Skyros Island between June 13-19th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via SV2DGH.

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EU-068. Members of the Charente DX Group (CDXG) will be active as TM0O from Ouessant Island (DIFM AT001) between June 14-21st. Activity will be on all bands and modes. Operators mentioned Eric/F5LOW, Laurent/F5MNK, F6HKA (Bertrand) and Leon/ON4ZD/OS0S. QSL via ON4ZD, preferred for both ways direct or by the Bureau requests. An OQRS will be available by ClubLog. Online log will be on and their Web site at:

EU-128. By the time you read this, Markus, DJ4EL (V31ME), will be active from Fehmarn (GIA O-01) and uninhabited island and/or Warder (GIA O-32) a private island until June 1st. On Fehmarn, he will on 12/17m and on Warder he will be on 20/40m SSB. Grid is JO54nk.  QSL via his home callsign (direct/bureau/LoTW).

IOTA SURVEY (South Korea). Han, DS2GOO, and the members of Korea Contest Club are politely asking fellow DXers/Contesters what South Korean IOTA references are needed in a opened survey online at: 

Anyone may vote and choose multiple IOTA references possible in this survey. Expiration of this survey is end of June. After the survey, they will not only provide an official result to the DX communities but also refer to it for their next IOTA activities. They hope for many votes from the world and want to know the actual demands for HL IOTA groups.

This 3 minute multi-purpose personal "Research" Survey is for both IOTA Programme Participants (those who submit QSLs for IOTA credit), as well as for NON-Participants from the DX Community.
With about 40% of all DXCC entities being IOTA counters, I am also very interested in reasons why more DX'ers never submit QSLs for any IOTA Award credit.
The IOTA Committee has not asked for this questionnaire to be issued, and any info sent to them will be out of courtesy to the Committee. The survey data will be an assistance in my future IOTA Expedition planning, videos and publications.
Tnx in advance to all those who participate in this brief survey which is "ANONYMOUS" with NO Callsign and NO email address required.
FYI & 73, -- Rick - K 6 V V A * The Locust

Compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW OPDX

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 2nd June 2014

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 25th-May, through Sunday, 1st-June there were 218 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, BV, BY, C3, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E6, 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, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PZ, S0, S5, SM, SP, ST, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,

V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

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


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DX Cluster .. Service for Club Members

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

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

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

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

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

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